SANGRE DE MUERDAGO – Deixame Morrer no Bosque
- by Peter Loftus
- Posted on 02-09-2013
Roughly translated as ‘Blood of the Mistletoe’, SDM are a neofolk act from Galicia. The main instrument is acoustic guitar with some clean vocals, male and female. Add violin, hurdy gurdy and percussion (mostly limited to some kind of bass drum or floor tom that strikes once per bar when used) plus a few other instruments here and there that are more difficult to recognise (varieties of accordion and flute feature).
The songs have that plaintive, naturalistic air that the best of neofolk captures so well, filled with a nameless yearning for the world of yesterday. The sound is slightly stark, with the strings sounding cold and clear, but that doesn’t damage the hypnotic effect and emotional punch of the songs. Lyrics are in Galician (or Basque?) so I can’t say too much about the content, but the music is so expressive that it isn’t really a problem.
If you have any interest in neofolk movement or enjoyed recent releases like the excellent ‘Folkloren’ from Weh, then this is something you should try.