Boomkat Product Review:
Black Twig Pickers' Sally Anne Morgan drops trad pop in favor of stark outsider folk on "Cups", a creaky set of homespun American psychedelia that'll appeal to fans of Richard Skelton, Laura Cannell or Six Organs of Admittance.
There's a simplicity and immediacy to "Cups" that sets it apart from so much DIY folk. Morgan's last album "Thread" was an attempt at melting folk into pop structures, but there's no such conceit on "Cups" - here Morgan sounds free to catch her own tempo, and paint with sounds without being trapped in one template or another. She uses familiar instruments - fiddle, banjo, and various small noisemakers - and sometimes awkward, evocative tunings, and lets her arsenal speak for itself.
Morgan sounds as if she's reveling in the strings and space around her, twanging meditative phrases until the strings themselves are making the percussive scrapes and rattles. Fiddle phrases are pushed and pulled as they squeal ritualistically - the root formula is European folk music, but the way Morgan flushes these sounds into American folk and more experimental structures is careful and captivating.