In preparation for their 2016 LP, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker provide US listeners with both an introduction to some old favourites and a taste of what is to come.
The English folk duo, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, deliver a hauntingly beautiful set of four songs on Through the Clouds. Everything about the EP seems to whisper, “considered” in a soft and elegant tone. For example, the largely acoustic backdrop of “The Tangled Tree” has occasional electronic drones weaved into it, making for a unique soundscape. At times, the work of Enya is brought to mind, no doubt thanks in some part to Clarke's powerful, though never menacing, voice. Despite these features, pre-existing fans may be left scratching their heads on seeing this release's track listing. Indeed, three of the songs have appeared on previous studio albums released by Clarke and Walker.
Fear not, however, as these tracks have been re-orchestrated for Through the Clouds, which will be released only in the United States. The result is a crisper, instrumentally minimal take on some of the most beloved tunes in the duo's repertoire. Particularly notable is “Silverline”, which was formerly orchestral in accompaniment, being transformed into a rustic acoustic guitar affair. It's much more approachable, in short. It's the kind of music as fit to accompany a sunrise as it is a rainy day. You'll see what I mean if you choose to hear this emotionally perceptive and down-to-earth release. I highly recommend that you do.