Sunday, July 31, 2011

Harps of Fuchsia Kalmia

Italian Avant-Forest-Folk

"Harps of Fuchsia Kalmia is an artist among the handful of Italian weird-folk artists such as Selaxon Lutberg, Donato Epiro, Architeuthis Rex, Valerio Cosi, and We Wait for the Snow that are often associated with the Italian label, Centre of Wood. Each artist, however, ought not to be lost in the lumping together of their common association. Harps of Fuchsia Kalmia is no exception. This project, which is the brainchild of Salvatore Borrelli ( e t r e ), unquestionably stands out, making its own autonomous mark on the experimental folk scene. Harps comes full-blast with its own sound of avant-folk-forest tracks. It boasts a “new form of rural psychedelia.” And a new form it is indeed. I have never heard anything like this before. It is a cross between blue grass, drone, and noise (made with traditional instruments). You really get a taste of the rural countryside in a very improvisational, avant-garde way. It is easy to spot the instruments used in this one: guitar, banjo, lyre, harps, organ, ukulele, brass, cymbals, and many others. Any strings are either plucked or bowed. On top of all the instruments are hints of field recordings and vocals. The vocals almost sound like Ilyas Ahmed’s highs minus the intelligible word annunciations. Instead, any voice is used as an instrument itself. No focus on lyrical poetry, but rather the emphasis is placed on the sound of the vocal chords themselves."
-Dave Miller(Foxy Digitalis)
Harps Of Fuchsia Kalmia – The Angular Accelleration Of Light In The Mind Of Dead Uncle In Michigan
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Here (HoFK) is joined by delphine dora, the brilliant singer and musician, who adds her honey sweet voice and piano to this already captivating set of sounds. "Pantomima Terrestre" or "Pantomime of the earth" could not be a more fitting name - this is the earth's musical. - a complete production with characters, story lines and dedications - a perfect collage of traditional folk, field recordings, organic drones and percussion. Delphine's airy vocals mingle with the drum beats, space sounds and radio static. birds chirp, dogs bark, cars drive by, and records spin backwards. sluggish dulcimer & guitar plucks crescendo beneath the drone of the harmonium. uniquely improvisational and experimental without loosing its familiarity, there's only one way to discover this world. press play. If your into Caethua, Vapaa, nnck, Nalle, Islaja, and any other trippy explorations of italy, Finland and forest spirits everywhere, this tape will not disappoint. Current/past releases on Ikuissus, Centre of Wood & Fire Museum and future releases on Reverb Worship & Beard of Snails. look out! rad purple tapes in silkscreened fabric & recycled felt (made out of plastic bottles!) cases.

Harps Of Fuchsia Kalmia & Delphine Dora - Pantomima Terrestre
Harps Of Fuchsia Kalmia & Delphine Dora – Devenir-Animal
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Dora Bleu’s music has a fragrance not so easily expressible with simple words. The quality of these tracks speaks for itself, with a first rate songwriting and her ability to create a bridge between the traditional folk singer mood and the nowadays free-folk attitude. So, try to imagine Bridget St. John and Larkin Grimm singing their souls out, lost in the Appalachian mountains and guided by the Sandy Denny’s spirit. But this music is a pure river, and on the other side of the edge there are the landscapes created for her by Harps Of Fuchsia Kalmia, a mostly kept secret project by Salvatore Borrelli, whose sensibility and musical culture seem perfectly integrated with the structures of these songs: his work is like a deep whisper, surrounding the atmosphere of this album. So you can feel his presence, both quiet and loud at the same time, over the pentagram and between the lines.
Listening to this album is like thinking of something that you mostly loved in your past: something precious that you’ve lost, but you don’t remember when and how.
The silent scream of a naked soul.

Harps Of Fuchsia Kalmia & Dora Bleu – The Echo Palace Of Finitude



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