Woven Hand – Consider The Birds

A solo vehicle for 16 Horsepower leader David Eugene Edwards, Woven Hand sacrifices his other outfit's thunderous bombast but retains the glowering intensity. This follow-up to 2002's self-titled debut is a masterstroke of creeping gothic: spectral percussion, skeletal guitar and Edwards' ominous voice, lent added weight by the religious significance of the lyrics (especially the startling "To Make A Ring"). Of his contemporaries, only Nick Cave and Willard Grant Conspiracy's Robert Fisher sound as eerily portentous.

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A solo vehicle for 16 Horsepower leader David Eugene Edwards, Woven Hand sacrifices his other outfit’s thunderous bombast but retains the glowering intensity. This follow-up to 2002’s self-titled debut is a masterstroke of creeping gothic: spectral percussion, skeletal guitar and Edwards’ ominous voice, lent added weight by the religious significance of the lyrics (especially the startling “To Make A Ring”). Of his contemporaries, only Nick Cave and Willard Grant Conspiracy’s Robert Fisher sound as eerily portentous. Queasy strings, thorny banjo and spare use of piano help sustain the raven-at-dusk mood throughout.

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