Album Review | Self Release | Review by Allan Wilkinson
The Wilderness Yet are a Sheffield-based trio, whose eponymous debut album serves as a veritable soundtrack to accompany our reconnection with nature in peculiar times. Rosie Hodgson joins up with Crossharbour band mate Philippe Barnes and regular collaborator Rowan Piggott for a dozen well-crafted and richly textured songs relating to our trees, our birds, our cruel and heartless relationship with the whale and our tempestuous kinship with the changing seasons. With a name borrowed from Gerard Manley Hopkins’s poem Inversnaid, The Wilderness Yet evoke the spirit of nature, which is symbiotically echoed in Adam Oehlers’ delicate autumnal artwork.
Equally at home with stripped down to basics three part harmony a cappella, such as Rosie’s gorgeous “In a Fair Country” and the title song, as well as fully instrumental excursions, where the trio are joined by De Dannan’s Charlie Piggott and Johnny ‘Ringo’ McDonagh, together with Evan Carson on bodhran, The Wilderness Yet demonstrates once again that folk song continues to have much to say in our ever changing times.
Choice Track: In a Fair Country (NSV 506)