Crutchfield, Robin – “Hidden Folk, The” – [Important Records]
Magical, mystical, pixie sounds from Robin. He was actually an original member of New York no-wave band, DNA, playing keyboards, but left soon after to start his own group, Dark Day. This release is from 2009 and here he plays harp, lyre, psalteries, tanpura, thumb piano, bells, box drum, sampler and other percussion. Short tracks (longest is a little under 5 minutes) of charming, dreamy, glowing instrumental sorcery. With track titles like ‘Mind The Dwarves’, ‘Faerie Lights’, ‘Gnomes Underground’ and ‘Rockinghorsefly’, you get a definite vision of little woodland creatures prepping their surroundings for the evening’s festivities. Glow bugs, sparkles, fireflies, and pixie dust. Super delightful, fun and enchanting.