Canadian neofolk ensemble, MUSK OX, are pleased to bring fans their new online home, located at THIS LOCATION. The site launch comes in celebration of their recently release full-length, Woodfall, a one-hour, five-part progressive chamber folk epic for classical guitar, cello, and violin.
Nearly six years in the making, Woodfall continues to astound listeners with its meticulously composed union of traditional acoustic neofolkian textures, progressive rock intricacies, post rock expansiveness and dark metal emotion. The Onion’s A.V. Club lauds Woodfall for its “elegant, chamber-folk air that manages to be earthy and ethereal at the same time.” Pitchfork notes, “Whatever it may lack in heavy metal thunder or ravishing grimness, MUSK OX more than makes up for with its richness in atmosphere and emotion, created in tune with the natural world and its terrifying beauty,” while Aural Delights dubs the release, “reflective, calming, and measured. A delightful listening experience.” Elsewhere, Echoes And Dust calls Woodfall, “a beautifully sculpted instrumental classical folk album…nothing short of epic,” Zacharymule.com opines, “The five separate impressions of Woodfall takes us full circle, from pastoral morning to beautiful night and back again,” while Apochs.net proclaims “Woodfall is a truly beautiful testament to the capabilities of the members involved… Between passionate and epic verses to genuine tear jerking movements, MUSK OX manages to accomplish quite a lot over the course of an hour and seven minutes.”
Woodfall is currently streaming in full at the official MUSK OX BandCamp page at THIS LOCATION.
The trio will bring their sonic tapestries to the stage next week opening for eclectic dark metal conjurors Agalloch in Montreal and Ottawa with additional concerts to be announced in the coming weeks.
MUSK OX w/ Agalloch, Jex Thoth:
7/02/2014 La Sala Rosa – Montreal, QC
7/03/2014 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
Expressing the essence of Canada’s vast, magnificent landscapes through sound, MUSK OX is a forlorn journey through natural realms where darkness and light, substance and void, sorrow and joy, exist as a single entity. Now featuring members Raphael Weinroth-Browne (cello) and Evan Runge (violin), MUSK OX has released two full-length albums and three self-recorded demos. Additionally, Larochette offered three interlude contributions to Agalloch’s latest full-length release The Serpent & The Sphere, out now via Profound Lore.
Also featuring members of MUSK OX:
The Night Watch – cinematic instrumental/progressive metal
The Visit – ethereal cello/vocal duo