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Fernwood: Arcadia

Fernwood is a unique acoustic duo having formed in 2006. The players are Gayle Ellett (Djam Karet) and Todd Montgomery. What makes this tandem a little different is that all the instruments are made of wood and played by hand. The result is a mostly acoustic album rich in exotic sounds and beautiful melodies.

The variety of instruments is impressive: Greek bouzouki, dilruba, charango, surmandal, harmonium, Rhodes, ruan, dobro, upright bass, guitar, piano, tenor ukulele, bells/chimes, Moog, Mellotron, organ, electric guitar, Irish bouzouki, sitar, baritone guitar, mandolin, violin, bowed guitar, plus a few more I neglected to list.

Looking at the above instruments it is easy to imagine a world vibe in the songs and that would be true. The duo have created an acoustic tapestry of sounds from various cultures that is both relaxing and melodic.

Folk, classical, ambient and even a little prog crops up occasionally. The arrangements are sophisticated and with enough complexity to certainly attract fans of mellow progressive rock. Of course, fans of acoustic music should find Arcadia an absolute joy to listen to.

Track Listing:
1. Bells Spring (3:44)
2. The Pan Chaser (4:56)
3. Vision at Vasquez Rocks (3:59)
4. Red Hill Trail (3:52)
5. The Lost Night (4:21)
6. Crossing The Divide (3:49)
7. Owens Hideaway (3:51)
8. Young Mountain Memory (3:18)
9. After The Big Sky Falls (2:42)
10. Escape From Sycamore Canyon (4:46)
11. Winter Way (3:12)

Added: February 22nd 2015
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Artist's Official Site
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Language: english

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