Musk Ox   Woodfall
4.0
excellent
Ranking: #22 for 2014

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4.5 superbBrendan Nixon | July 6th 14

First and foremost, I had second thoughts about this record considering it was all instrumental. Folk was never a genre I imagined could quite be instrumental, but since this was described as "neofolk" I figured it had something unique. So off I go, for my first listen, and I'm blown away by the first song. The strings and the guitars blend together so beautifully, and they build so much tension as they just repeat their parts, it's something I never thought could be possible. Even without vocals, it creates this emotive atmosphere that will simply lift you away. The best way to describe it would be Godspeed doing folk music. One of the most unique albums I've heard all year.

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4.5 superbJ. Wagel | July 8th 14

fuckin' wow

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4.5 superbBen Kuettel | May 3rd 15

Woodfall is an unrelentingly interesting and adventurous foray into folk, classical, chamber, and progressive music. Only featuring a violin, cello, and classical guitar, Woodfall revels in beautiful harmonies, expressive melodies, and rich musical textures that recall all things celestial and naturalistic. Serenading The Constellations in particular features one of the most cathartic and jaw-droppingly astounding musical crescendos heard in any closing track all year. A massively impressive and unrelentingly beautiful exercise in genrebending, and with only string instruments, Woodfall is a modern neofolk classic.

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4.0 excellentBradley Layne | December 24th 14

8/10

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4.5 superbAtari CONTRIBUTOR | July 3rd 14

This album is proof that vocals aren't needed to create a captivating and powerful atmosphere. Simply the most beautiful album I've heard all year.

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