Thursday, May 31, 2007

Under The Yew Possessed

from scaruffi:

"McDowall became a fixture in the magic/gothic entourage of Current 93 and Death In June. To play a similar brand of medieval folk, she formed a new duo Sorrow, with multi-instrumentalist Robert Lee. The music on Under The Yew Possessed (Piski Disk, 1993) is ethereal pop that dispenses with rhythm and is centered around the vocal performance of McDowall."

"SORROW is an English-based band that is the brain child of Rose McDowall, once known as one half of the 80s pop duo, STRAWBERRY SWITCHBLADE. Rose's first band was called THE POEMS, an experimental three piece based in her hometown of Glasgow. While still with The Poems, Rose also joined with Jill Bryson as STRAWBERRY SWITCHBLADE. The Poems released one EP entitled Achieving Unity, but they broke up shortly after its release, when Strawberry Switchblade began to gain popularity. Switchblade's top-five hit, "Since Yesterday," is featured on many 80s compilations, and still receives considerable club and radio play. Switchblade disbanded in 1986.
Since 1985, Rose has worked with many other bands, including Current 93, Coil, Death In June, Felt, and Psychic TV. Through the years Rose has carried on working in a more experimental vein, and ultimately formed SORROW, releasing their first LP, Under The Yew Possessed, in 1993. They have since produced: Sleep Now Forever (1999), Final Solstice (1999), and Let There Be Thorns (2001). "

Beautiful, neo folk influenced, pop informed. Classic.

Please note, Tonton has Spell currently, another great Rose piece, this time teaming with Boyd Rice for some beautiful pop.


Anonymous said...

This is perhaps one of the most underrated neo folk CD's ever. I have it, love it, listen to it often. Rose sounds like an Angel(fallen) all the way through. Do you by chance have "Let There Be Thorns". Would you mind if I linked my Blog to yours... theebradmiller (Because God Told Me To Do It)

wassonii said...

link away, mate. for the coils and death in june shows alone i am greatly indebted to you.
currently,, this is all the sorrow i own, but will be getting more delivered in a coupla weeks. i do not think ltbt is among the titles, but rose's site has it for sale currently.
all the beast!

Anonymous said...

Really!! I am off to her site now to pick it up. Thanks for letting me link up!

mahood said...

Thnaks Wassonii!
I had this album 10 years ago, but I remember I was disappointed and I had sold it one month later. Now I'd like to download it of course but... where's the link?
Thanks again.

wassonii said...

Scroll over the picture. Usually that's where I'll put 'em. Hope it's better the second time around.