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Medicine Moon – S/T EP.

August 14, 2015
  • Label: Pesanta Urfolk.
  • Year: 2014.
  • Style: Neobluesfolk.
  • Format: Digital / 7″ Vinyl.

One of the coolest and best neofolk releases in recent years came from the Pesanta Urfolk label, and NOCTOOA – the band with the deepest lead vocals in existence, emerging Sammy’s throat. MEDICINE MOON is his side-project, or second project, or whatever project you would like to call it. He carried over parts of the NOCTOOA sound to this project; the droning buzzes, the shamanistic spirit and the folk aspect of his dark folk music. However, a few things stand out to mark some main differences between NOCTOOA and MEDICINE MOON. The overall-sound is both scaled down with mainly dark guitar strums and occasional keyboards and percussion, and much bluesier. I think this is one of only a few neofolk releases I can enjoy in together with my dad. Apart from that, well, MEDICINE MOON introduces an entirely new vocalist and I can’t state this enough; Shantel possesses an amazing voice far above any neofolk standard. That she’s hidden away on this shady minuscule record company somewhere in the US wilderness, singing on four tracks on a limited EP is beyond all sense: she should travel time. She should go to the 70’s and climb a huge stage with a huge band playing and claim the microphone and sing the shit out of the audience. While the techniques are quite different, I would dare to claim that her voice, her huge register, could amaze on par with, I don’t know, Stevie Nicks and Janis Joplin? Is that a overstatement? Some of the deeper vibrations also invoke thoughts of Lisa Gerrhard in her most dismal moments.
Anyway, parts of the hypnotic first song “A Place To Begin” is sung by Sammy so if you missed or don’t care to check NOCTOOA out, you can still hear his almost Tibetan throat-chanty kind of deep singing on here. It’s really cool to hear these two interesting voices collaborate but I am pleased with the decision to let Shantel handle the singing on all remaining tracks.
This EP is a reissue of a demo recorded one year earlier. A great and professional release for those who wish to venture into the neofolk places that isn’t visited very often.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Billy Francis permalink
    August 14, 2015 1:20 pm

    Where to find samples, please?


  2. August 14, 2015 2:28 pm

    You can listen to the entire EP / demo at this official Bandcamp site:
    You can also find ways to purchase digital or physical versions there.

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