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Boomkat Product Review:
This, the second full-length album by Andria Degens features a number of fellow folk travellers taking up guest spots, with the like of Hush Arbors' Keith Wood, Isobel Campbell and Baby Dee all reporting for duty. Degens' instrument of choice is the Appalachian dulcimer, which combines with her lulling vocal style for one of the more ethereal sounds on the current avant-folk scene. Mercy Oceans is made a little earthier by the presence of her collaborators, and certainly Keith Wood's fingerpicked guitar brings pieces like 'The Sun Came Out' and 'At Dawn' back into a more familiar language, but the best material here comes in the stranger moments, such as 'Born Into You', which weaves droning tambura and chanting into a more conventional context thanks to Baby Dee's harp and John Contreras' cello. There are some beautiful songs here, some of which might even propel Degens into the more mainstream end of the current folk scene. Recommended.