WEH – Ingenmannsland
Weh is a one man act that describes itself as dark acoustic neofolk from Norway, and that is as good a description as any to start with. The composition is fairly minimal, with layered guitar and vocals that form a rich and engaging blanket of sound. Erik’s singing is top notch as ever, with the timbre of his voice being a major part of the attraction of this entity. Everything put on record serves to drive the song and to make the whole listening experience more involving and enveloping. Erik writes songs that tap so closely into our collective musical consciousness that on first play we feel like we have heard them before. But this manifests in a good way – it does not mean that the songs are unoriginal to any extent. It means that the melodies are universal and atavistic and that they speak to some part of us that has been forgotten deep within. Surely that is part of the central mission of folk music.
For several years now Weh have been one of the staples of my more gentle listening fare and it never fails to deliver. Even though this is folk, it has that darkness and metal sensibility that is important for the type of person who would frequent Eternal Terror in the first place (Those in the know might be aware of Weh sole member Erik’s connections to Vreid and Windir). While Ingemannsland isn’t the best thing ever produced by Erik, it is still an awesome journey that I can recommend without any reservation.