:OF THE WAND AND THE MOON: - Hail! Hail! Hail! - 7" - 2 tracks - Heiðrunar|Myrkrunar - 2005

No need to present this well-known neofolk act which is essentially the solo-project of the Danish musician Kim Larsen. This 7" presents his first recorded material since the album 'Lucifer' released in 2003.

'Hail! Hail! Hail!' on the A-side is presented as a teaser for the forthcoming album 'Sonnenheim', but those expecting a repeat of Kim Larson's trademark softly strummed acoustic guitar and whispered vocals will be in for a surprise. This electronic song combines repetitive middle-eastern melodies with tablas, chimes and spoken words to build up a mysterious, almost hypnotic atmosphere.
The flip side is a reinterpretation of 'Benediction/Malediction', originally performed by Ian Read. For this version, Kim Larsen was assisted by the members of Forseti and Sonne Hagal, although it is impossible to distinguish what each of them has actually contributed to the track. Set to an electronic ritual-sounding dirge, several layers of spoken and whispered voices declaim Gwydion's original text with a mantra-like effect to create a strong feeling of sinister mysticism.

These two good songs are just a short appetiser for the much-anticipated new album, but it's already enough to prove that Kim Larson is capable of reinventing his music.


Ian C.
Autumn 2005

'Hail! Hail! Hail!' comes on white vinyl and is limited to 666 copies, presented in a special printed cover.

:Of The Wand And The Moon: : www.ofthewandandthemoon.dk
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