It’s been a while, because of some unwelcome and unavoidably time-consuming personal developments, and this post’s going to be fairly short too but I really needed to get this out of my system.

Arbouretum’s The Gathering is already a contender for record of the year. Amazing, deeply moving stonery folk-rock, reminiscent of Fairport Convention, Pontiak and Dead Meadow, heavy, fuzzy and hypnotic, lead by Heumann’s distinctive voice and staggering melodic sense. Loved the the way the meandering, complex melodies are set against the monolithic grooves these guys can achieve and sustain so effortlessly. Was left speechless by tracks like opener The White Bird, When Delivery Comes, The Highwayman and the stunning Song of the Nile.

Grab a copy now!