Alexander Tucker – Dorwytch

A fine meditative listen, Dorwytch is a great record to stick on for summer, that’s no doubt.

 

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One of my favourite records this past month, Dorwytch is an enchanting mix of English folk and Peter Hammill-style eccentricities: enough to keep me happy at any rate. The opener, His Arm Is Grown Long is one of the strongest tracks. A mildly psyched out, slightly bucolic acoustic drone; the song floats around like a hot air balloon that seemingly knows no destination.  Talking of drifting, it’s fair to say that the music has a decidedly poetic, dreamy air to it; Spenser, Donne, Coleridge, that sort of faerie, metaphysical vibe. Maybe it’s Tucker’s delivery: he seems to take any opportunity to chant his verses. His singing is certainly very measured, very controlled, sometimes melancholy.


The record also nods (especially with the glockenspiel in Red String and Matter) to hippy outfits such as Amon Düül 1 or Carnival in Babylon –era Amon Düül 2. There are beautiful folk songs aplenty, (Hose and Gods Creature are but two), dripping with that bucolic air I picked up on earlier in this review. With this in mind there’s a feel of Van Der Graaf Generator and John Barleycorn-style Traffic (although a very soporific Traffic, it has to be said).  Outside of the opener, the killer track is Sill, a great track with a sense of purpose that is not always present elsewhere, especially when you take psychedelic drones like Jamie in mind.


A fine meditative listen, Dorwytch is a great record to stick on for summer, that’s no doubt.