Burd Ellen – A Tarot Of The Green Wood

If you like your Halloween playlist to feature atmospheric and spectral folk sounds, then Burd Ellen’s got you covered.

Available today through Mavis Recordings, A Tarot Of The Green Wood finds the duo of Debbie Armour & Gayle Brogan breathing new and ghostly life into traditional UK folk songs (and an Alasdair Roberts tune, but his tracks are destined to be new traditionals eventually anyway).

Inspired by the parallels the duo discovered between the art of divination and the deciphering of traditional songs, Amour and Brogan assembled this collection of music to reflect the archetypes, ideas and imagery of the Major Arcana. Every song on this album is an enigmatic dreamscape made up of reedy drones, phantasmic vocals and nightmarish synthesizers. To completely nail the concept and atmosphere of this record, it even comes with custom designed tarot cards by Scottish artist Kieran Milne.

The music here sounds as though it drifted in from some shadowy spiritual plane, especially the darkly ambient “The Hermit.” You can practically sense the thinning of the veil between worlds when you listen to this. If you need a fitting soundtrack for your Samhain ritual, this record could very well be it.

Click here to order your copy today.


And if you want to continue the vibe of this album for your Halloween, then also check out Through The Dark Polished Glass by folk horror group, The Rowan Amber Mill, and just about everything on the Hare and The Moon Bandcamp page.


Published by Record Crates United

Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and Thewaster.com and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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