Eloign
Old Yarns


4.0
excellent

Review

by DungeonBoy USER (11 Reviews)
December 9th, 2016 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: To take oneself far away

Certain albums have the power to grab you by the hand and guide you into their world. Albums like these aren’t just a collection of notes, they are an experience. They temporarily take you away from your everyday life, and for a moment allow you to reflect on a world not your own. Old Yarns, the debut release of Sputnik’s own bnelso55, is one of those albums, and the world he’s created with his project Eloign is one worth diving into.

While predominantly comprised of acoustic guitar and vocals, Old Yarns also incorporates a wide gamut of other instruments including banjo, Native American flute, various hand drums, piano, and sparse electric and bass guitars. Such an array of instruments does have the potential to lead to a cacophony of “too much”, however, Eloign manages to balance their use effectively over the 22 minute journey, only incorporating them at opportune moments. Joined alongside the various instruments are well placed vocals, which tell tales of ocean voyages into the unknown, self-contemplation and wonder, and an encounter with a threatening foe amidst dark woods. Tying all of this together is the admirable songwriting and fantastic production found across the record.

Opening the album with an acoustic guitar and winding in and out of gracefully played melodies, “From Hovel to Hilltop” is exemplary of the overall atmosphere contained on Old Yarns. It evokes feelings of both uplifting nostalgia and also the yearning for exploration. It builds into a climax of beautifully strummed acoustic guitars and a dreamlike electric guitar melody similar to what you’d find on Agalloch’s – The White EP. Transitioning perfectly, “Heritage” quickly presents its seafaring vocals and banjo melodies. It’s an adventurous song with unexpected twists and turns, that goes through several cohesive dynamic shifts before its inspiring resolution. “Radiant Dark”, an all piano mid-album overture, is carried by the stream of conscious-like notes which are backed by ethereal swelling to create a hypnotic atmosphere and is well placed on the album. “Deeper Skies”, the most somber track, contains gorgeous minor melodies and croons which capture the essence of night and paves way into the excellent closer “Wolf Psalm”. Old Yarns’ final track dances through folky flutes, Spanish sounding guitar passages, and piano segments that all harmonize masterfully.

Old Yarns is folk music done right. It draws you into its world and never loses touch of its natural aim. From the well-chosen instruments to the lyrical themes it pulls you in and holds your interest for the entirety of its runtime. It’s an album to be appreciated from start to finish and if experienced with an open mind, will reward you for your time.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
DungeonBoy
December 9th 2016


8184 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Highly recommended listen



Bandcamp:

http://eloign.bandcamp.com/album/old-yarns



Also check out the studio diary, an awesome accompaniment to the album which gives great insight to the music and is beautifully written:

http://eloignmusic.weebly.com/

zaruyache
December 9th 2016


23870 Comments


woop.

AnimalsAsSummit
December 23rd 2016


5508 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is not my cup of tea at all, but this is wonderfully produced and full of life, and definitely stands high above most of the recent folk ive heard. very atmospheric and well layered production. cheers bnelso!

Digging: Headhunter (UK) - Nomad

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
December 24th 2016


11799 Comments


Great review Dungeon, this sound very interesting

CaptainDooRight
December 28th 2016


4359 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really good stuff!

DungeonBoy
December 28th 2016


8184 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Scuro, and Cap that's awesome you had a chance to check this out. Definitely one of the better user projects I heard this year.

CaptainDooRight
December 29th 2016


4359 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

couldn't agree more

Archelirion
December 29th 2016


6275 Comments


Man, totally missed this getting released. It's bnelso so it's gonna be pretty beautiful, and really well written review. I'll check this out in a bit :]

CaptainDooRight
December 29th 2016


4359 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is the first I've heard of his music but it's def top tier

bnelso55
December 30th 2016


1353 Comments


Thank you for this review, Dungeon, and thanks to everyone for the kind words and for taking the time to listen. It means a lot!

lalchimiste
October 10th 2018


1128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn just jammed this and boy was this a suprise! All the instruments, vocals and percussions are so fluently used, layered and it all comes together so brilliantly within the compositions. It creates such a unique, earthy and beautiful sound. Will definitely give this multiple listens

DungeonBoy
March 29th 2019


8184 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

New track out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_8K0E08LNs

DungeonBoy
April 5th 2019


8184 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

New EP out today!

https://eloign.bandcamp.com/album/chasing-the-sound



Also a full YouTube stream is available:

https://youtu.be/z_tYd3KoSX0





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