Wolf People - Tidings

A collection of tracks recorded between 2005 and 2007, Tidings is the first release from Wolf People, the first UK band to be signed to renowned American label Jagjaguwar, the same people to have brought us Black Mountain and Oneida amongst others. A mish-mash of bluesy guitar, kraut-rock workouts and noisy feedback, Tidings is a fitting introduction to this Bedford-born band. A distinct retro feel flows throughout this LP, with some entrancing 70s psychedelic and progressive sounds coming to the fore on tracks such as ‘Black Water’ and ‘Storm Cloud’. Each track is bathed in pops, clicks and tape hiss, only adding to the nostalgic feel, yet Jack Sharp’s vocals come through clear as day, his smooth and at times soulful voice being the perfect partner for the music. Interspersed throughout the album are snippets of studio talk, field recordings and fragments of songs, which make Tidings feel almost like listening to some long forgotten studio tape. A stunning release full of nostalgia-tinged, psychedelic gold, this is a record born in the present but firmly placed in the past. And it’s no less brilliant for it.

Overall

8

out of 10

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