Friday, 6 September 2013
Gyron V is an example of the rarest of flowers: A Norwegian neofolk band. They're slowly but steadily getting a cult following of sorts by playing on the art circuit, and also recently opened for Blood Axis. Though Lord Bassington-Bassington's favourite Gyron V gig will always be the set they played at his and lady Mju's combined stag-and-hen-party.
Gyron V has some rather charming self-released (and self-made!) records behind him, but here, finally, is the proper debut.
Muscae Volitantes marks the tenth anniversary of Gyron V's existence and is released on an ultra-limited tape which should appeal to anyone with the slightest hint of geekiness. Not least to Lord Bassington-Bassington, who dabbled in tape trading in the olden days, and who feels sweet waves of nostalgia wash over him when he holds this frail piece of plastic in his paws.
It doesn't hurt, of course, that Muscae Volitantes is a pretty solid release. It runs the gamut of Gyron V's reportoire, from folk songs to more metal-inspired stuff and the occasional arty electronic touch. The stand-out track, though, is "Shepherd of the Owls". This is not only the best neofolk track ever produced in Norway, it's pretty close to a perfect new-wavey neofolk pop songs. In short - a real hoot.
Go get it already. You can also get it electronically, if you don't share Lord Bassington-Bassington's luddist tendencies.