Boomkat Product Review:
Charming spiritual/psychedelic free folk-drone fusions that remind fondly of Marie Currie and Gareth Williams' "Flaming Tunes" or the underrated Jewelled Antler catalog.
Is that a free folk revival we smell on the horizon? Belgium-based duo Sage Alyte recapture a vibe that's long been left in the basement on their debut album "Paume de Pierre", using banjos, gongs, violins and bird calls to rattle through songs that breathe ambient air onto the embers of global folk music. They started in 2018 as a mostly live project - both musicians have a history in improv and psychedelic music - but with shows off the menu for a while, it seems like an ideal time for the duo to introduce their winsome clatter to a wider audience.
The two musicians' personal influences - David Jarrin's Ecuadorean folk roots and Roxane Métayer's background in the Belgian free improv scene - combine so fluidly it's hard to fully visualize. There's the sense of being sat in the back room of a European cafe somewhere, watching players work their way through a box of odds and ends (maybe instruments, maybe toys?) allowing pop phrasing to seep into avant garde forms and folk to bend to the will of drone. Anyone missing the sublime avant experimentation of the Digitalis catalog or Fonal's Islaja should check immediately.