Immaterial Possession reveal new track and video ‘Medieval Jig’ from their second album Mercy Of The Crane Folk released 5th May on Fire Records.
‘Medieval Jig’ summons the spring with themes of renewal and metamorphosis. “It’s a springy, shimmery tune with some Greek influence in modality.” Their new video takes you through the yonic portal to various worlds, seemingly conducted by a sparkling Sun-framed goddess in mythical jungle.
Featuring the ethereal eerie dream pop of former artist commune residents Cooper Holmes and Madeline Polites, with drummer John Spiegel and Elephant 6 descendant Kiran Fernandes (keyboards, clarinets, flutes). Additional contributions come from drummer Jon Vogt (who can be heard on ‘Mercy Of The Crane Folk’ and ‘Birth Of Queen Croaker’).
The music is all-consuming – you hear that echoey guitar similar to Ennio Morricone soundtracks, there are words but there are also Yma Sumac-like operatics pricking at your psyche. It’s one of those great happenings that you almost feel like you dreamt; melodies tumble into the undergrowth, that keyboard sound is straight from Richard Wright circa ‘Saucerful Of Secrets’, that folky ambience is a glimpse of what you always thought The Incredible String Band could sound like but with a driving, haunting edge.
“One of the few bands among their contemporaries who never waver into gimmickry or empty homage.. Authentically removed from its modern setting, the LP’s title track is a vintage-hued epic central to the album’s broader narrative.”
A haunting and immersive trip into the inner psyche of these nomadic soothsayers; it’s a psychedelic dance party from a half-lit underground world; breathlessly eerie and all consuming; a salubrious sojourn that sounds like nothing else. Filled with a kind of peculiar optimistic uncertainty that any quest to make sense of a drowsy recollection of simpler and far better times would have; ‘Mercy Of The Crane Folk’ is soft and serene summoning up a fanciful folkloric place where, undoubtedly, the mysterious crane flock prosper.
“Folk-laden and nomadic psych-pop that harks back somewhat to the hazy days of late ’60s/early ’70s commune music when everything was all earthy and hopeful for a better world.”
Available on Limited Edition Green Vinyl & CD. Out 5th May.