BIRCH BOOK
Fortune & Folly, Vol. II

[Helmet Room Recordings, www.helmetroom.com]

Who cares about the rainy fall weather, when you've got a companion like Birch Book? Former In Gowan Ring vocalist, B'eirth extends his technique and his sense of the downright humbling music to produce a damn fine album. Follow up to the first volume; "Fortune & Folly, Vol. II" is a warm and finely crafted record. Starting off with a superlative guitar instrumental "Birch Sap" and ending with a variation of the same lyrical song-form, B'eirth treads a fine path between improvised passages and folk music of years gone by. Reinventing the genre for his own purpose, his vocal technique is that of a soother, rather than a rebel rouser. Listen to his softer-than-soft vocalizing on "New Song". As the tune reaches its midway point, you're already humming its lovely melody, before you even learn the lyrics. One of the highlights of the program is the seven minute long "The Trip Goes On". As the story is told, we're accompanied by simplistic acoustic guitar, along with some shades of scraping electric axe. The sense of urgency and emotional upheaval in this tune alone is over-the-top. By its end, as the guitars turn inwards on themselves - with tons of scorching glory - B'eirth decides to end things on a softer note, allowing the feedback to progressively die on its own accord. Another success is a more experimental track like "Diaspora", where B'eirth delivers some haunting vocalizing, while a wall of echo-chamber guitars waddles slowly along. Best thing is the studio production is muddied to a point so as to allow a certain amount of mystery to persist. Folk revival or just great psychedelic folk music, you choose. When all is said and done, humbly and without any fanfare, Birch Book delivers the goods.

- Tom Sekowski


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