Song of the Day: Voice of the Seven Woods – Return From Byzantium

Voice of the Seven Woods @ BCNmp7, Barcelona 4/13/07
photo by Dani Cantó

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is Return From Byzantium by Voice of the Seven Woods from the 2007 self-titled album on B-Music.

Voice of the Seven Woods – Return From Byzantium (MP3)

Manchester’s Rick Tomlinson is the man behind the curtain of Voice of the Seven Woods. Tomlinson has been consorting with Andy Votel and friends at B-Music/Twisted Nerve for a number of years, busily crafting intricate tunes that traverse the outer reaches of worldy psych-folk. Prior to this release, his discography consisted of numerous CD-Rs and EPs, all with limited releases, all elaborately put together with the vinyl format in mind. The album itself was tracked as though for a vinyl release, with notable ends to each side. Vinyl fervor, a passion for soundtracks, and the evasion of acoustic singer-songwriter labeling have led to another original and timeless guitar album. Citing psychedelic-jazz and folk staples, Pentangle, along with the solo work of their revered guitarist Bert Jansch, Tomlinson has managed to resurrect one of the greatest folk revolutions while simultaneously maneuvering the modern noise- and chamber-rock progressions. His MySpace page shows no upcoming tour — most likely a sign that he’s working on new material. Not one to stay idle, this one is. These two videos, one from from a performance in Dublin back in November and the other from an opening slot supporting Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys in March, show two very different sides of Tomlinson’s artistry:

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