Of The Wand And The Moon – Nighttime Nightrhymes (1999)

March 29, 2024

A beautiful and evocative debut. It took me a few listens to “get” the whispered vocal approach, which felt like a bit of a cop-out at first. Once I had gotten over this personal hurdle, the full impact of Nighttime Nightrhymes could be fully appreciated. For me, it is an embodiment of the perfect neofolk sound; that dark acoustic simplicity augmented by various other stringed or wind instruments helps develop a sound that is fresh yet also ancient at the same time, morose yet uplifting, sad yet affirming, like the worm ouroboros (or something like that).

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