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Boomkat Product Review:
Neurosis guitarist Steve Von Till embarks upon this new solo project with some assistance from Al Cisneros of Om and Alex Hall of Grails, channelling the spirit of dark, British psychedelia from the '70s and bringing to mind bands from Comus to Hawkwind. With 'World Ash' and 'Karlsteine' Harvestman encroaches upon wiry, electrified forest-prog, situating Von Till's music somewhere between contemporaries like Wooden Shjips, Voice Of The Seven Woods and Six Organs Of Admittance. As compelling as the heavier psych jams are ('The Hawk Of Achill' is especially good), In A Dark Tongue is greatly aided by its quieter, more reflective moments, as heard on the woodwind drone piece 'Birch-Wood Bower' and the string section elegy 'Headless Staves Of Poets'. It's during these creepy, less spontaneous passages that the album's nocturnal, pagan atmospherics lurk into earshot, peaking with the dulcimer and guitar piece 'Music Of The Dark Torrent', which sounds like something lifted straight from a Tigon horror film.