Listen: New Sharron Kraus Track

Song “Evergreen
Sisters” from her hotly-anticipated new album.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

UK-based singer, musician and songwriter
Sharron Kraus, who recasts yet cherishes the folk traditions of England and Appalachia,
just released her fourth solo album The
Woody Nightshade
. (Besides her own records she’s collaborated with the
ladies from Espers, Fursaxa and others.) Reminiscent of the expanded
instrumentation and compositional arrangements found on The Fox’s Wedding (on David Tibet/Current 93’s Durtro/Jnana label,
2008), gone are the traditional folk tools of the trade, such as the familiar
use of banjo and fiddles, in favor of drums, electric guitar and bass.  While that may sound as though Kraus has
“gone electric”, she uses this foray into broader instrumentation as texture
and color, wrapping coarse velvet and splashing subtle earth tones over her
songs.

 

Check out a free MP3 of the track “Evergreen
Sisters.”

 

We’ve got a review coming this
week to the BLURT site in which our resident Kraus fan enthuses thusly, in case
you need any more convincing.

 

“If you think of folk
as music that carries on a tradition that pre-dates the use of electricity,
then Sharron Kraus is one of the 21st century’s greatest
practitioners. On The Woody Nightshade, the Oxford native not only has a
perfect feel for a haunting, acoustic sound that evolved little over the course
of centuries, but she writes original music in that vein… Kraus’ jangling
acoustic atmosphere sounds piped in from another century, but it never hits the
point of preciousness – this is a sound she loves, not one she feels bound to
by tradition. Her husky soprano, so much like her forebear Sandy Denny’s, also
helps keep the material germane. And that’s the key to the artistic success of
the album – this isn’t about representing folk as a museum piece, but as a
timeless, living tradition that’s as relevant now as it has ever been.”

 

[Photo Credit: Bruce Cardwell]

 

 

 

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