• Review: V.A. - Eichendorff Liedersammlung

    11 Nov 2006, 19:00 by qwallath

    from Evening of Light webzine:

    The German poet Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff was a typical Romantic: his poetry is dominated by images of nature and nature-mysticism, and feelings of yearning and melancholy. On this release from Prophecy Productions, a number of artists, mostly from the neofolk scene, make an attempt to set Eichendorff's poetry to music. Some of the names on this release, such as Forseti, Orplid, or Sonne Hagal, should ring familiar to anyone with more than a passing interest in this type of music, whereas others, such as Edaphon or Grünland, are virtually unknown.

    The overall mood on this album is melancholic: the music is melodic, often fairly minimal, and rarely more complex than needed. Beyond this - surprisingly for a compilation release - there is a good sense of continuity on this album; the songs all fit together nicely. This does not mean, however, that all the songs sound alike: you can find several typical acoustic-guitar based neofolk tracks here…