Boomkat Product Review:
Psych-folk combo Fern Knight return for a third release on the VHF label (their fourth album in all), and as with the key works of contemporaries like Espers and Feathers it harnesses a sound that's greatly indebted to the far-out, acid-inflected sounds of bands like Comus as well as fusionist acts like Pentangle and Fairport Convention. Prog also plays a part here: 'Epitaph' is a cover of the King Crimson song, and it's handled quite brilliantly. Frontwoman Margaret Ayre leads a beautiful arrangement that boasts wonderful cello parts and typically lyrical harp lines courtesy of Jesse Sparhawk. The originals sound every bit as great too, with rockier numbers like 'The Poisoner' engaging with amplified guitars while more traditional, medieval leaning fare crops up during the brass-enhanced 'Cave Of Swords'. Good stuff as ever from this always-interesting band.