Boomkat Product Review:
A member of Thuja and Jewelled Antler in addition to being a solo artist in his own right, Steven R. Smith returns to his Hala Strana alias for an exploration of aether folk and Eastern instrumentation. At times the results are obscure and enticingly avant-garde, while at others, you'll find yourself knocked sideways by the sheer multi-instrumental beauty of it all, as on the almost Beirut-like Carpathian post-rock of 'Lament' or the mediaeval tavern hoedown vibes of 'Time'. Fielding could be seen as one of the most captivating and rewarding albums of its kind, managing to sound suitably weird and discordant in all the right places, yet retaining elements of old world romance and exotica along the way. Highly recommended.