The Iditarod - The Ghost, The Elf, The Cat And The Angel (2002)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Wire (UK) review:
From Rhode Island, the Iditarod play a minimal kind of bleak psychedelic folk that owes as much to the somnambulism of Bristol's Movietone as it does to early 70s private press semi-legends like Stone Angel or Caedmon. The time-frozen feel of their slow processionals are further heightened by the subtle use of chimes, tamboura, singing bowl, viola and banjo, which cast little shadows beneath Jeffrey Alexander's guitar picking. Vocalist Carin Wagner sings in a half-monotone as if lost in reverie. She's joined for two tracks by the German folk duo Fit & Limo who play bouzouki, dulcimer, organ and glockenspiel as well as providing vocals. The Iditarod's reading of "Let No Man Steal Your Thyme" closely monitors Pentangle's recorded version, while their take on a droning lament "Unfortunate Lass" - the set's highlight - echoes Steeleye Span's masterful "When I Was On Horseback".
- David Keenan

You will find more reviews of this album here.

Label: BlueSanct

Line up: Carin Wagner, Jeffrey Alexander


1 The Roots Of The Butterfly Bush (3:31)
2 Black Strung Bow (1:00)

3 Afternoons Like This Are Hard To Come By (7:22)
4 Raga (In D#) (6:44)

5 Cycle Circle (4:40)
6 The Falling Of The Pine (9:54)

7 Ich Tanzte Weit (2:09)

8 New Magic In A Dusty World (1:58)

9 Let No Man Steal Your Thyme (3:55)
10 The Nameless One (4:08)
11 Unfortunate Lass (5:40)

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SolitaryEve said...

Great first post! I was looking for this album myself, as a matter of fact.

softblackstar said...

Thank you. :-)

Silveryvisions said...

Ah I see we have a new team member. Welcome aboard!

softblackstar said...

Thank you Silveryvisions.