The Queen Of Hearts (CD)


Offa Rex

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Amoeba Review

07/12/2017

For over a decade The Decemberists have been one of the most reliable and consistent groups around, putting out rock-solid variations on their brand of indie-folk-prog every couple years or so. Olivia Chaney is an English folk singer and multi-instrumentalist who released her debut LP, The Longest River in 2015 to great acclaim. Together they make Offa Rex, a sort of folk-rock supergroup where The Decemberists act as backing band to the pastoral vocals of Chaney, who also conducts much of the arrangements. On The Queen of Hearts they trace their bucolic influences on an album of English, Irish, and Scottish folk covers. Despite the album’s potentially dusty premise, this isn’t a purist’s exercise in attempts to recapture an antique sound; instead it offers decidedly modern renditions of its old source material. There are effect-leaden electric guitars and prog-rock dalliances in the production: “Sheepcrook and Black Dog” rocks a lot more like 1972 than 1572. On softer numbers such as “The Old Churchyard,” there is an understated emphasis on the almighty crescendo, a device that inexplicably made folk-pop a music festival phenomenon. Not just the soundtrack to your next Renaissance Fair, The Queen of Hearts is an exciting update on folk tradition old and new, whether your jam is Fairport Convention or Fleet Foxes.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
The Queen Of Hearts
Offa Rex 03:55
2.
Blackleg Miner
Offa Rex 02:22
3.
The Gardener
Offa Rex 04:59
4.
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Offa Rex 03:31
5.
Flash Company
Offa Rex 04:14
6.
The Old Churchyard
Offa Rex 04:03
7.
Constant Billy (Oddington) / I'll Go Enlist (Sherborne)
Offa Rex 01:55
8.
Willie O' Winsbury
Offa Rex 07:29
9.
Bonny May
Offa Rex 06:30
10.
Sheepcrook & Black Dog
Offa Rex 04:34
11.
To Make You Stay
Offa Rex 04:59

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