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Swaddling Songs *

  • 1. Heaven Heath
    2. Sheep Season
    3. Silver Song
    4. Poet and the Witch, The
    5. Messenger Birds
    6. Dan the Wing
    7. Reverend Sisters
    8. Break Your Token
    9. Buy or Beware
    10. Vile Excesses
    11. Lonely Man
    12. Boulders on My Grave
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2044

  • Credits
    ProducerDave Hitchcock; Gruggy Woof
    EngineerDerek Varnals; Kevin Fuller

    Mellow Candle: Clodagh Simonds (vocals, piano); Alison Williams (vocals).
    Personnel: David Williams , David E. Williams (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Frank Boylan, Allison Williams (vocals).
    Audio Remasterer: Paschal Byrne.
    Liner Note Authors: Jon Wright; John Reed.
    Recording information: Tollington Park Studios (12/1971).
    The lone official Mellow Candle release from their early '70s heyday, SWADDLING SONGS disappeared upon release but eventually became a favorite of rare-record collectors. While classifiable as British Isles folk rock, the Irish quintet embraced a piano-driven prog-folk sound more in common with the Horslips and Comus than more traditional genre stalwarts like Fairport Convention. However, with lyrics about witches, unicorns, and all things druidic--courtesy of singer-lyricists Clodagh Simonds and Alison Williams--there is no mistaking that their hearts were clearly at the Rennaissance Faire. Simonds and Williams intertwine leads and trade thrumming harmonies on stand-outs such as "The Poet and the Witch," "Sheep Season," and album opener, "Heaven Heath," which also features a hypnotic accordion and harpsichord interplay. Despite its lack of commercial viability, SWADDLING SONGS remains a resonant, lost gem of the electric folk era.

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (p.102) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[R]arely does an album tread so expertly between psych, gothic folk and progressive rock. The girls' vocal harmonies are exquisite..."
    The Wire (p.42) - "For Mellow Candle, the wilderness offers an enchanted antidote to the crushing enervation of city life."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.75) - "The highpoints of SWADDLING SONGS are among the most spine-tingling performances from anyone..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (6/01, p.153) - "...The quintessential acid-folk artefact bursting with baroque fatalistic tunes about unicorns, witches and...ravens crying 'Beware!'"
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "There isn't a simple song here: layering instruments and voices and always switching rhythms, these cats can make Steeleye Span sound like a stripped-down club act....Masterful."
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