Honored we are!
A word or two must be said as to the creative identities behind Cedar Spirits. A more potent combination of artists could not be imagined – Pythagamus Marshall of Novemthree in alliance with Chet W. Scott (Blood of the Black Owl, Cycle of the Raven Talons/Ruhr Hunter, The Elemental Chrysalis, etc) and Rachel Boaz-Scott (for whom Cedar Spirits represents a stellar musical debut).
It is difficult to fully articulate the importance of these musicians to the world of underground music. Their separate musical projects have been important vessels of inspiration for many years now, and the confluence of their talents as Cedar Spirits is truly spell-binding.
The album is flush with songs that, at surface, seem like the still water of a lake: simple, transparent. Yet deeper exploration sees them open into great intricacy. This simultaneous simplicity and complexity creates an irresolvable tension for the listener, which in turn leads to the collapse of the ego and the embrace of wholeness as a psychological state.
This sonic voyage is akin to that of water rising from a natural spring. Out of chthonic gloom it ascends, seething and bubbling until it bursts forth, life irrepressible. Cedar Spirits bares the wounds and suffering of its creators quite nakedly; but it transposes that pain into something humble and sublime.
The closing track, “Wild Serenity,” perhaps best captures the spirit of the album as a whole (note the flawless contradiction of its title). At turns soundscape, instrumental narrative, folk song, and atavistic hunt (Rachel’s shrieks are beautiful, exultant, and terrifying), it conjures a refuge from the poison and banality of this modern world, a healing circle that nevertheless is also a healing journey, a process which allows even loss and pain to assume a sacredness and a rightness.
Such an achievement is all too rare, and speaks to both the artistic brilliance and the spiritual courage of its creators. There is more of both darkness and light in a second of this music than in many musicians’ entire discographies. Its ultimately positive spirit – not of denying darkness, but of accepting it and therefore allowing it to grow into something more – is a healing balm.
Anyone who is interested in underground/post-industrial/neo-folk music needs to own this release. No – anyone who is interested in music at all needs to own this release. No…anyone with the slightest spark of spirit in their breast needs to own this release. It could just change your life.
***BLACKMAGAZIN.COM*** (Translated from German)
Mystical and mysterious to give the musicians CEDAR SPIRITS. From the modern digital world, and they do not seem to hold much. Thus they reject any webpage, Facebook page or other "modern" channels to contact us. Only he who cultivates his passion for the traditional neo-folk label "Glass Throat Recordings" and frequently drop by on their Bandcamp page is powered by new releases from the deep forests of North America. Too bad, because you have to say - because their eindächtig introspective and self-Pagan folk may well also make strange music genre with friends for listening and snug - Attention phrase - even save lives in the best case!
CEDAR SPIRITS are artists from the Pacific Northwest of the United States, which are known in the neo-folk community among their evocative projects "novemthree" and "Cycle Of The Raven Talons". With their joint collaboration they bow respectfully to the beauty of nature, realize their vision of thereof turned and daring in itself Ritual Folk, apologize to all the forest spirits for the destruction of the planet and bow to its green beauty - the smell but strong after wikka cult? In nine beautifully-Spartan acoustic ceremonies, the project invites a nature-loving encounter, be begleitetet the recordings in places of autonomous field recordings from the idyllic forests of their homeland, which together with the beautiful vocal melodies and ambient-like tribal passages an atmospheric whole.
"To the keeper of the woods, under moonlight Stood, deep within your earthen womb ....please forgive us "
Purist instrumented with acoustic guitar, harmonica, ocarina, flute and bass minimalist use to simulate a fictitious walk in the woods the music in tightly closed eyes. The elements of percussion remain clearly in the background. And really - you think you smell the forest and its pine needles to feel the morning dew on the legs and longed for "Keeper Of The Woods" atmospheric cracking the thicket - and this is the best will in no more romanticized, stylized phrase. Peaceful and calm stiftend call CEDAR SPIRITS the return of man to nature, and ye same-titled ambient masterpiece "Soil" (Anspieltipp!) is characterized by deep compassion and spiritual nature spells and can in repetitive consumer replace the weekly yoga class in the turbulent city life. CEDAR SPIRITS is a very special band, which is a very special album that is not just another neofolk band with a conceptual twist. Here you can feel every note of his deep affirmation of life.