The more I am listening to it, the more I am falling in love with Cedar Spirits. This piece reveals a deep mystery to me. For instance the bird samples in Saor are genius and well placed within the song. NEVER heard something like that before. I am completely fascinated by this record. I can't explain to myself why aren't there more people supporting this excellent piece of nature and heathen inspired music.
A "6x6” six panel deluxe gatefold CD featuring a smoked dark matte brown foil stamping!
The debut full length journey from Cedar Spirits features a collaborative offering from two Pacific Northwestern ritual folk artists, known to the community as novemthree and Cycle of the Raven Talons.
From the opening invocation; “Oh spirit Sun, guide and protect us. Oh spirit Rain, cleanse and inform us. Oh spirit Earth, nurture and feed us. In this life, I start anew....”
Through this organic and purely acoustic presence, It becomes self evident the Cedar Spirits express a growth of spirit, light of life within a deeply respectful musical craft. A craft focusing a humble, apologetic nature through a richly intent filled medicinal musical. An honoring of the Mother through every note and every word.
A collective practice, a declaration of vows through important, careful stewardship and human well being towards a bio-region in need of love, strength, respectful participation and vital protection!
“To the keeper of the woods, under moonlight stood, deep within your earthen womb.... please forgive us.”
"Such an achievement is all too rare, and speaks to both the artistic brilliance and the spiritual courage of its creators. There is more of both darkness and light in a second of this music than in many musicians’ entire discographies. Its ultimately positive spirit – not of denying darkness, but of accepting it and therefore allowing it to grow into something more – is a healing balm.
Anyone who is interested in underground/post-industrial/neo-folk music needs to own this release. No – anyone who is interested in music at all needs to own this release. No…anyone with the slightest spark of spirit in their breast needs to own this release. It could just change your life."
"The sounds of the Cedar Spirits are elemental, drenched by rain, warmed by the sun, in deep connection with the woodland soil.
There’s a lovely, distinctly modern pagan feeling in Cedar Spirits, one that leans less on man-made tradition, and more on a direct communion with the environment, channeled through a uniquely American musicality that combines influences foreign and native. It is perhaps precisely what you’d expect to hear from these artists, fated to work together at some point, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive. Possibly the best bit of wyrd witchery you’ll hear this year."
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"Ten of ten points given for this album? Although the first track is just made of splashing? Sure, why not? You have to face this album in its entire context in order to reveal its whole mystical and musical power. Cedar Spirits is a collaboration between the artists Pythagamus Olaf Marshall (Novemthree) and Chet W. Scott (Cycle of the Raven Talons), which maybe are known to those who love ritual and nature inspired music. In fact the whole album is very quiet, with acoustic (and also unusual) instruments, that are responsable for the organic and natural sound. They used the mountain dulcimer, Sacred Horns and the ocarina just to name a few. Due to the field recordings like twitter and splashing, you can imagine dwelling in green fields and meadows. For myself Cedar Spirits embodys freedom, summer and the conjointness with mother earth. Especially the track "Soar" makes you feel this strength. In the first place it is a very positive work - the sunwheel (a symbol of light) on the inside of the "6x6" gatefold verifies this. The physical release is also something special because of its remarkable size, motifs from the woods and at last the wonderful uncoated paper with flat brown foil stamping. Indeed the fire for Cedar Spirits sparks not before listening several times to it, but i believe that's the reason for what makes it such a masterpiece to me!
-HAMMER HEART MAGAZINE (translated from German)
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