The opener off of the new record from South African band Seven Rivers of Fire only hints at the darkness that’s to come on new album Way of the Pilgrim. Steeped in a dark, ashen folk that’s akin to Voice of the Seven Woods or early Six Organs of Admittance, the song pairs winding acoustics with spectral incantation. The new record is based around a conceptual disappearance of songwriter William Randles. Having left a note, Randles imagines driving to a nature reserve where witnesses can’t quite recall anything past the driver exiting the car and folding into the fog. Left as the only clues were are carved symbol on a nearby tree and the note that reads, “They are calling // exodus // awaken // the passenger // from the depths // into the woods // ascend // the fall.” The album is broken up into four moments that explore portions of the note. The new album is out now, reissued on CD from Ramble Records.
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