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    United Bible Studies – “Jonah, The” – [Camera Obscura]

    First a question, do any of the “freak folk” flag fliers ever
    cop to a Touch of the Tull (Jethro, that is?). Just curious?
    Probably the flute on “The Veil” nudged me to ask that, but
    staying within the preferred bounds of popular tradewinds,
    aye there are whispers of Espers here, an angle of light M.
    Gira too (“To The Newly Risen Mountains”) and so forth. The
    album hangs together well, while still having some stretch.
    Most of it flows in a bog of sorrow, albeit the lilting
    sorrow, that so many of us set our mood rings to! The title
    track has a killer pop song nestled not once, but twice, within
    it. Love how those verses rise for air, amidst experimental
    noodliness, a burst of drums, and scattering of electronics.
    That to me summoned an Irish Cerberus Shoal, although I
    could see some folks wanting less for more. Not me, 16 minutes
    of bitter bliss bits. United Bible Studies (name looks cooler
    than it rolls off the tongue) voicework can be nicely Adam and Eve,
    so instrumentals like “The Swallowing” and “Mirror in Cherwell”
    feel to me a bit like fallen fig leaves. It is right to give
    them thanks and praise and listens!

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on August 4, 2009 at 9:16 pm
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