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Boomkat Product Review:
If you don't recognise the Golden Oaks moniker, you're sure to recognise at least one of the project's members straight away: only Hush Arbors' Keith Wood would be comfortable delivering the kind of radically wayward pitching on the vocals to opener 'Blue Werewolf With Rainbow Eyes'. It's the Neil Young inspired demi-falsetto that gives him away. Some listeners will find it utterly jarring, whilst others will absolutely love it. So many nu-folk types sing with a knowingly weird voice, but unlike Devendra and Joanna true outsider Keith has no respect for anything so square as an actual key. On top of that righteously outré vocal the song is a real joy with some great writing offset by odd, lo-fi soundscaping touches. In this latter department you suspect the band's other member, Brad Rose (of The North Sea and Digitalis Industries) takes a leading role. There are some terrifically spooked-out drones afoot in pieces like 'In Praise Of The Trip' and 'Death Of The Green', and it all seems to be so at ease with Wood's brand of wonky forest folk. Songs like 'Wisteria Buried' and 'Clothed In Moss And Hoary Frost' sound like an entirely natural marriage of classic Americana with grainy avant-garde tamperings. Even on the lengthy instrumental piece 'Circle Of Ravens' you'll find the freakish drone tones balanced out by solid, structured guitar work: it all fits together beautifully and seamlessly.