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For Our Friends In the Enchanted Otherworld

by Robin Crutchfield

Genre: Folk: Acid Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Summoning Spell
1:32 $0.99
2. Stamping Ground
1:10 $0.99
3. Lost On the Breadcrumb Trail
2:18 $0.99
4. Finding Our Woodland Way
2:01 $0.99
5. In Crystal Caves
2:00 $0.99
6. Dappled Forest Daylight
3:09 $0.99
7. The Birds Know
1:03 $0.99
8. Charmed Sleep
5:38 $0.99
9. Enchanted Ice Cream Truck
1:12 $0.99
10. Did I Imagine That?
1:23 $0.99
11. Magic Puffbox
0:49 $0.99
12. Hovering
3:29 $0.99
13. Dwarfish Determination
3:05 $0.99
14. Gossamer Swing
1:19 $0.99
15. Faerie Dreams
1:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
Harp and drone glissando soundscapes for daydreamers of this and other worlds.
More info. about Robin Crutchfield may be found at the following websites:

Robin Crutchfield - ForOurFriendsInTheEnchantedOtherworld

Robin Crutchfield's secretive nocturnal CD turns out to be a subtle favorite with its delicate, close, and modest compositions. A filigree of harp and bells arranged with natural intricacy is at the core of each track, which then radiates out with oscillating drones or meanders beneath leafy shadows in the careful paths of quick birds, illuminated moths, and many-legged iridescent insects. The "Stamping Ground" keeps gentle time with a thump that is very likely the real stomp of a booted foot; "Charmed Sleep" traces fey spirals of harp in the air. This music is like a secret glimpse into the life of something tiny and ordered, yet wild and touched by a beautiful natural magic that is too often overlooked.

Carolee - "Gothic Beauty" magazine (print) issue 26 (Aug 10, 2008)

Robin Crutchfield - For Our Friends In The Enchanted Otherworld (HAND/EYE CD)

Robin Crutchfield is one of the more enigmatic musicians around. After making waves as a performance artist in New York in the late 70s, he played keyboards in the original version of DNA with Arto Lindsay and Ikue Mori, until deciding they weren't as interesting as they might be.

He then formed Dark Day, originally a trio with Nina Canal of Gynecologists/Ut and Nancy Arlen of Mars. This version never played live, unlike later line-ups with Jim Jarmusch, members of Tuxedomoon and others. Dark Day explored wide varieties of keyboard textures and machine theories, and went through several distinct phases.

In its final incarnation, the group investigated some of the odder possibilities lurking inside British folk traditions. The vibe of their last album, Darkest Before Dawn, was akin to Comus or Current 93.

Abandoning the group name, Crutchfield delved ever more deeply into this style; and his explorations are continued on For Our Friends In The Enchanted Otherworld, his third solo album.

The music is largely based on instrumental harp glissandos: shimmering cascades of notes pouring down amidst birdsong, tanpura, bells and other woodland instrumentation. Crutchfield's compositions still have some of his old mechanistic hallmarks, but they've been recast as steampunk visions - huge delicate wooden wheels, spinning and plucking and plunking inside his fevered imagination. Which turns out to be a great place to visit - somewhere between Early Music, new volk and contemporary classical.

This album is not quite like anything else you'll hear this year, and it's pretty goddamn brilliant.

BYRON COLEY - The Wire No. 287 (Jan. 2008)

Robin Crutchfield - For Our Friends In The Enchanted Otherworld (Hand/Eye h/e032 CD)

Known to most as the keyboardist for New York legends DNA, Robin Crutchfield's recent output couldn't be further removed from the jagged no-wave of his former band. For Our Friends ln The Enchanted Otherworld is a collection of pristine harp recordings. Delicate and gentle, these 15 tracks are mini case studies of the otherworldly. Crutchfield adds droning tanpura, wine glasses, bells, flute and other light instrumentation but leaves the focus on his harp. Its intriguing music; entirely alien yet oddly comforting-new age meditations without a hint of irony or cliche.

ETHAN COVEY - Signal to Noise Magazine, (issue #49, spring 2008: Page 99.)

Robin Crutchfield : For our Friends in the Enchanted Otherworld (Hand/Eye US,2007)****

The instrumentals by Robin Crutchfield are played by harp, tanpura, wine glass, toad, wooden flute, bells, stomping boot, jinglebox, flying machines, sampler, and forest friends.

And an Enchanted world this is : very magical minimalism, miniatures that sound very often like dew from elves that flies by with the wind, and this expressed in a musical form. The first three tracks are small variations of harp with droning tanpura. On “Finding Our Woodland Way” the harp dances (-,from right to left,-) between sounds of forest creatures, as if this describes the presence of a Chinese elf or spirit creature. New also is “In Crystal Caves” where there are used airy glass sounds in combination with harp. Between other organic harp tracks (partly with additional sounds), “The Birds Know” is another original, short track, which is based upon a magical forest sounds that become keyboard-like loops. “Enchanted Ice Cream Truck” is magical like wind-chimes, as if combined with tiny bits of piano sounds, and it sounds like a natural musical box. Between two other harp theme tracks, “Magic Puffbox” is also another short beautiful weird moment, of remixed sounds, with a world on its own. “Dwarfish determination” gives an original variation of this particular world, sound rich and minimal in its nature, but still much more a composition of a dance than a loop.

This is very descriptive music, a true musical ode to the little friends in the enchanted other world.

GERALD VAN WAES - PSYCHEVANHETFOLK (Psych/Acid Head Folk related items Review Page 16)



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