Siskiyou - Keep Away The Dead

It’s been barely a year since Siskiyou’s debut dropped, and they’re already returning with sophomore album Keep Away The Dead. Far from being the rushed end result you might expect from such a short period of time between albums, this is an even more beautiful and thought out collection of delicate, folk-sprinkled little ditties. Each track is lovingly crafted and sparse in nature, just bare emotion seeping through plucked guitars, minimal synth-work and rippling percussion. In fact, Keep Away The Dead often has the same feeling of rural harmony that Bon Iver’s debut had, particularly on ‘Where Does That Leave Me’ and the dream-like ‘Sing Me To Sleep’ where Colin Huebert’s quivering vocal rises above the acoustic haze. Renowned horn-player Colin Stetson makes a rather grand appearance on the clattering and jaunty ‘Twigs and Stones’, while ‘Dear Old Friend’ has some mournful banjo-work drifting through it. Keep Away The Dead is an enchanting collection, and a perfect album for the Autumn days to come.

Overall

8

out of 10

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