Another one of those stretching-the-rules-slightly posts today, but hear me out. This is the brilliant Wolf People with their 70s prog-rock inspired When The Fire Is Dead In The Grate and it’s fantastic.
Now, I heard these guys a few years ago when they released the equally awesome Tiny Circle – a kind of Jethro Tull-esque flute-inspired piece of psychedelic prog that blew my socks off when I first heard it. But then over the past few years I heard nothing from or about them.
I’d kind of thought they’d split up due to the rather unmarketable nature of progressive rock in the current climate, so it was a bit of a surprise to see they’d released a new album last year and had taken a slightly different direction. The Tull-like flutes are gone and, instead, have been replaced with a darker tone. Think Wishbone Ash on a major LSD downer and you’ve got the picture.
So yeah, I’m delighted to see these dudes back with more, and I’ve been thoroughly impressed with the latest album Fain. It’s nostalgic, dirty stuff harking back to the days of unfashionable rock by long-haired musos smoking cheap cigarettes and getting hammered on cheap bourbon. Glorious.