Boomkat Product Review:
We've long been obsessing over Rick Tomlinson's crucial Voice of the Seven Woods project, but like many others we couldn't help feeling that the recent self-titled full-length didn't quite display the full array of his talents. After a string of incredibly collectible 7"s and cdrs there was quite a level of expectation for the album, and while it was diverse, succinct and hugely enjoyable it lacked some of the virtuosity hinted at with his earlier work. Then, of course, he goes and releases this absolutely devastating 10" and all bets are off - we'd even go so far as to say that 'The Holy Harbour' is our favourite release from Tomlinson to date, easily seating him amongst the best in the modern psychedelic scene. Apparently the US version of the album included these two tracks as a bonus (lucky buggers)but here we get them on a separate release, and what a release it is - two epic almost ten-minute long pieces which explore the outer realms of Middle Eastern psychedelia and British folk. As usual Tomlinson's virtuoso skill on the guitar plays a central part, but it sounds as if his wish to make his instrument of choice sound something like a cheap Turkish saz is finally coming true with the strings buzzing on each fret sounding almost transcendent at times. This is spiritual psychedelic music and with the first piece exploring the outer realms of beatless tangled fretwork, the second goes on to add percussion and almost tumbles into Amon Duul II territory, putting paid to all the hype that may surround Voice of the Seven Woods right now.