Album Review

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

Thurston Hunger   8/4/2009   A Library, CD

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

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