Shadow folk, often referred to as shadow people by those who believe in them, are supernatural entities often seen through periphery vision, who move quickly and easily disappear into walls or through doors. The mysterious nature of shadow people relates to Shadow Folk, an up-and-coming psychedelic alternative rock band from Halifax, of which little more is known.
Their debut album, a four-song EP, was released July 5th, and they’ve already been compared to the likes of Nirvana and Timber Timbre. The EP opens with “Heaven’s Gate”, which starts off with mellow vocals and hissing backgrounds, and picks up into an MGMT-like final minute.
“The Setting of the Sun” feels a bit more like old-school rock, with emphasis on the guitar and drums instead of effects, and less whimsical vocals and lyrics. Titular “Green Window” mixes the two sounds together into an ethereal rock song with slow lyrics and minor distortion.
The EP ends with “The Centre”, a haunting song that intros with a crescendo of symbols, transitioning from mysterious and peripheral into something more tangible. Vocals become deeper as the guitar picks up, and the song continues to oscillate between psychedelic dream-music and alt rock. The drum work on this piece should be credited for pulling much of the track together.
With an aura of mystery about them, Shadow Folk have created a whimsical psych-rock album that still manages to stay grounded in reality. The balance between their ethereal and rock moments hold the album together, and the feat creates a dreamy listen that promises to carry you just far enough away.
Green Door is available as a pay-what-you-can download on Bandcamp.
Top Track: “The Centre”
Rating: Proud Hoot (Really Good)