Exposé Online banner

The Goblin Market — Beneath Far Gondal's Foreign Sky
(Green Monkey GM1012, 2012, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2013-04-01

Beneath Far Gondal's Foreign Sky Cover art

The Goblin Market is an occasional project of Jeff Kelly and Laura Weller, both of whom are probably better known as members of The Green Pajamas. Their other collaborators are Emily, Charlotte, and Anne Brontë, who provide lyrics for most of the songs. To a certain extent, the whole affair could be considered the product of an obsession with the 19th Century literary sisters, but sometimes obsession can result in beautiful art. The music is largely acoustic, but doesn't shy away from the use of electric guitar and modern keyboards from time to time, and sonically isn't really too distinct from Kelly and Weller's main band, although there's definitely less rock 'n' roll on this side. The Gothic folk base is given an immersive psychedelic sheen, akin to much of what is called Acid Folk, though more lush in production and polished in performance than most. The lyrics are given sensitive treatments, with melodies that suit them and backings that set the mood. The melodies provide unexpected twists, often sidestepping an expected resolution to land on a note that, while outside the chord, works perfectly and heightens the impact. Vocal duties are split fairly evenly between the two; harmonies are sometimes done with same-voice overdubs, sometimes between the two of them. Drums appear on only about half the tracks, providing assurance that listeners don't slip completely into dreamy reverie. It's a work of classic, timeless beauty from a world of its own, where emotions are intense but seen through a gauze of poetic imagery.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 40, 2012 releases

Related artist(s): The Goblin Market, Jeff Kelly

More info
http://www.greenmonkeyrecords.com

Latest news

2018-04-05
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more

2018-04-04
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more

2018-03-01
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more

2018-02-26
Adelbert von Deyen RIP – Word reaches us that German electronic musician Adelbert von Deyen has died. His recorded legacy reaches back to 1978, when Sky Records released Sternzeit. Von Deyen, who was born October 25, 1953 in Süderbrarup, was also known as a painter and graphic artist. » Read more

2018-02-18
Didier Lockwood RIP – Word reaches us today of the death of one of France's great jazz musicians, violinist Didier Lockwood. His playing bridged many worlds, from traditional jazz to fusion to progressive rock, and his talent can be heard on recordings by Magma, Clearlight, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, and many more. Lockwood was 62. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Platurno - Núcleos – Platurno is a young Chilean progressive rock trio of guitars, keyboards, and drums. Núcleos is their 2006 debut release of 11 mostly instrumental songs. Each song is different, but has a similar...  (2009) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues