IN GOWAN RING - THE GLINTING SPADE
Thrum-ta-ta-ta-tum... the muted drum marches. It is hard for me to describe In Gowan Ring, as I have loved their hushed vocals and dreamscape folk songs for over half a decade now. Their sound is not too far off the mark of some of their labelmates at World Serpent. Fans of Current 93, Nurse with Wound, or Legendary Pink Dots will find great affinity with In Gowan Ring's blend of tones, folk tunes and bell-ringing tinkling.
But, In Gowan Ring could just as easily be playing at Terrastock or with bands like godspeed you black emperor! or Mourning Cloak as with the Pink Dots. I hear in their music the most blissful blend of traditional European folk music and modern experimental tone constructs. As I grow more interested in bands like Incredible String Band, it becomes clearer to me why In Gowan Ring's music is so incredible. Their music has what Phil McMullen of Terrascope called 'everything I admire in terms of both music and spirituality.' Well said.
The Glinting Spade, In Gowan Ring's third full-length release, was recorded over the last three years and mastered by Denis Blackman
(Current 93, Talk Talk, Kraftwerk, nearly everything good...) this past spring. It is a powerful continuation of In Gowan Ring's melancholic,
introspective music. Come sit a while and listen... It's nice in the woods around here.
-Michael Anderson, 1999.
Two Wax Dolls - To Thrum A Glassy Stem - Cipher's String On The Tree In The Dream Of The Queen - Bow Star - A Bee At The Dolmen's Dell - Arrowsmith's Fire - Milk Star
'...the plaintively ethereal echoes and ambient melancholy of the utterly captivating In Gowan Ring.'
- Ptolemaic Terrascope, Oct 1999.
'[In Gowan Ring] create dirgelike passages which call to mind the great march to the sea (and sacrifice) during
the last act of "The Wicker Man."
I was struck by its pure beauty. Strings in the earth and air, indeed.'
- Tim Renner, for Wyrdfolk, Dec 1999.