Thursday, July 13, 2017

Offa Rex - The Queen of Hearts (2016-2017) [The Decemberists + Olivia Chaney]

7/13/17 12:00PM

its been up there for a week now, but I haven't checked it out yet. Should be soon. Reviews have not been amazing for it though, which like the new Planetarium project from Sufjan Stevens and co, I hold with a grain of salt.

6/1/17 12:25AM

Saw this new video of "Blackleg Miner" on the Drowned in Sound message board.  Will give it a go later. I must say, this project/album has me a fair amount more intrigued than I would ever have expected.

This album could be a sleeper for the end of the year.


5/11/17 9:56AM


Album is titled "The Queen of Hearts" and is being released on July 7th.


1  The Queen of Hearts  3:56
2  Blackleg Miner  2:22
3  The Gardener  4:59
4  The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face  3:31
5  Flash Company  4:15
6  Old Churchyard  4:07
7  Constant Billy (Oddington) / I’ll Go Enlist (Sherborne)  1:56
8  Willie o’ Winsbury  7:30
9 Bonny May  6:32
10  Sheepcrook and Black Dog   4:35
11  To Make You Stay  5:02

in the vein of a 60's and 70's British Psych/Folk Revival, which doesn't sound like they are branching out incredibly, sans for using Olivia's vocals I suppose. The "Queen of Hearts" interpretation is nice though.

The Harpsichord on it does add something. I guess given my lack of love for their last couple of albums, this could be a welcome diversion.