Earlier this year, Merlin’s Nose Records — a label specializing in “60’s Psychedelic Rock, weird Acid Folk and shamanistic Pagan Folk” — reissued In Gowan Ring’s psychedelic folk classic The Glinting Spade (which was originally released by Bluesanct in 1999, read my review) on ultra-heavy vinyl. This, following a tour in support of the reissue. Anyways, listen to my favorite track from the album below.
“A Bee At The Dolmen's Dell” is a fine summary of everything that I like about B’eirth’s music: delicate, otherworldly instrumentation, dreamlike vocals, and cryptic lyrics (e.g., “The broken heart laughing, fold into figure, woven on sylvan shells/The saints and the sentries, with tassel and withy, a bee at the dolmen’s dell”). It may be tempting to write this stuff off as Renaissance Faire fodder, but there’s something wierd and wild and wonderful about B’eirth’s music that makes it impossible to dismiss so easily.