Exposé Online banner

Various Artists — Wyrd Kalendar
(Mega Dodo , 2018, CD+Book)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2019-01-30

Wyrd Kalendar Cover art

In 2016 Mega Dodo released a compilation of dark folk/folk horror tunes curated by Chris Lambert, Songs from the Black Meadow, to accompany his book. Once again, Chris returns with a new book, Wyrd Kalendar, and an accompanying CD due for release on January 1, 2019, the beginning of the next wyrd year. Each month is presented by a different artist or group, some of whom were on Songs from the Black Meadow (Keith Seatman, Emily Jones, The Souless Party, and The Rowan Amber MIll), some familiar names (Crystal Jacqueline, Beautify Junkyards, Alison O’Donnell, Icarus Peel, and Tír na nÓg), and some new names (Widows Weeds, Concretism, Wyrdstone, and The Mortllake Bookclub). As you make your way through the year you encounter gothic death knells, outré electronics, psych-folk singers, Crystal Jacqueline’s gothic psych fool’s errand, a sinister May eve, Alison O’Donnell’s ode to a wasp nest, a surreal carnival by the sea, Icarus Peel’s sad and souful R&B inspired tune of unrequited love, Tír na nÓg’s acid folk ode to Autumn, a beautifully bucolic harvest, a dark November eve similar to early Attrition, and a chilly winter carol with wordless vocals and orchestral strings ringing in the winter solstice. The final track sums up the year with an eerie abstract piece with half heard voices of the Mortlake Book Club playing an unusual game of Exquisite Corpse. Join Chris Lambert and his musical quests as they guide you through the twelve months of the year weaving tales of magic, murder, terror, love and the wyrd.


Filed under: New releases, 2018 releases

Related artist(s): Alison O'Donnell, Beautify Junkyards, Crystal Jacqueline (Bourne), Icarus Peel, Tír na nÓg, Various Artists

Latest news

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more

2020-01-10
Neil Peart RIP – One of rock music's defining drummers has died at the age of 67. Neil Peart's work with Rush provided one of the templates for percussion in rock, and he certainly ranks in the top ten most influential drummers of the 20th Century. Peart retired from playing in 2015 due to health issues, and succumbed to brain cancer on January 7, 2020. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Strawbs - Dancing to the Devil's Beat – I’m not sure what the dog licking a red popsicle on the cover represents, but this latest release by the full five- piece Strawbs celebrates 40 years since the release of the band’s debut...  (2010) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues