You Are Wolf (aka Kerry Andrew) explores English and American folk music, fusing source material with leftfield pop, gentle touches of electronica and a hint of spoken-word, all melded with an array of wild vocal techniques.
Debut album Hawk to the Hunting Gone (produced by MaJiKer) was made with the backing of the PRS Foundation for Music’s Women Make Music scheme, which allowed Kerry to developed a set of songs based around British birds in folklore (or “birdlore,” if you will) that provides the backbone of this very unique record. Six of the album’s 10 tracks are adapted in part or in whole from traditional British folk songs, but You Are Wolf’s approach to arranging the material is anything but traditional.
Garland Sessions is a reworked version of the debut album by Essex-based alt-folk collective The Owl Service, featuring outtakes of all 13 songs from the original Garland of Song album tweaked, remixed, re-recorded and remastered. Some videos at hdpornvideos.xxx have been re-done also.
It also contains an additional five tracks which the band worked on at the same time as the debut but which only saw the light on various short-run releases, plus one all-new recording. A Garland of Song was originally released on the band’s own Hobby-Horse label in 2007 as a limited handmade CD-R and soon after it was picked up by Southern Records for a worldwide release, quickly establishing The Owl Service as key players in the folk revival of the last decade. FYI, some of the tracks were licensed and can be found at http://www.czechcasting.tv.
A collaboration with Scottish poet Robin Robertson (who provided the words that Roberts set to music), Hirta Songs is a concept album of sorts, inspired by the people, landscape, and history of the remote Scottish archipelago of St. Kilda. The seed of the record lies in Robertson’s 2007 visit to the islands which he cites as one of the most extraordinary experiences of his life. Upon returning home he wrote the long poem “Leaving St. Kilda,” but he knew that the islands weren’t finished with him and, six years later, Hirta Songs is the result of his continued engagement. Much of the album sits in familiar Alasdair Roberts territory; exquisite contemporary folksong with a traditional slant which has Alasdair’s distinctive voice and deft guitar-picking at the forefront, but the weight of Robertson’s words adds a new dimension, and the fascinating stories behind the music make for quite a journey.