Release Date: May 13, 2008
Record label: VHF
Genre(s): Rock, Folk
The self-titled third album from the Philly freak-folk foursome Fern Knight picks up where the delightful Music For Witches And Alchemists left off. The key progression is that they’ve recognized the mysterious power of cellist Margie Wienk’s voice and decided to make better use of her piercing pipes to maximize their thrilling/chilling potential. Traces of trippy UK hippie folk, particularly Mellow Candle, remain evident in places, but Fern Knight have now established a recognizably haunting sound and entrancing aesthetic of their own built around Wienk’s singing, which they’re clearly capable of employing in the studio to spellbinding effect.
Fern Knight's third album will on many levels appeal to fans of the early 21st century variations of acid folk music. It has some of the same characteristics: gentle female vocals, a tentative delicacy, and an audible debt to British folk and folk-rock of the late '60s and early '70s (although singer/songwriter/cellist Margie Wienk is American). There are some differences, or at least unusual shadings, that set them off from the pack.