RIHARC SMILES: THE LAST GREEN DAYS OF SUMMER
LP: Ahnstern 11 [2004]
Ltd x 500


Ouverture - The end of winter
The last green days of summer
Join us
Armageddon is a sunny day
Magic circle
Crossroads
Epilogue

Riharc Smiles are the first act to grace what has been otherwise been the home of Allerseelen’s releases, the label Ahnstrern, and with such austere precedence the newcomer’s stake their own territory with deft bravura that does not find them wanting as label-mates.

Medieval reenactment folk-music isn’t anything new, in itself it is a continuing legacy spanning centuries, yet there is no short supply of European acts inspired by such a rich platter one that finds meal at many a table not just the dark and experimental underground. Riharc Smiles brace tradition with fine musicianship, their music tending to be of the mellifluous sort on this album, yet not afraid to stride somber march. Bagpipes flute sinuous patterns above the patter of hand drum, accompaniment of crisp glissando guitar, while the vocals foment audience participation and carefree revelry. There is twinge of Sopor Aeturnus that is unmistakable yet for the most part Riharc Smiles stray more medieval paths without compromising their style with mere medieval ‘cover’ tunes; they perform pleasant diversion without cliché.


NYR

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