Ill Wicker Release Second Album 'Untamed' Today
Gothenburg based Ill Wicker declares with their second album " Untamed" that prog-rock is still vital. During dark gatherings a charming and seductive tale of the "Untamed" is told. The seven chapter story folds out in a place were the rules set up for acoustic folk is not applied. The circle of six that is Ill Wicker have extended their sound and they are stretching out their arms around a larger universe vibrating of beauty, demonic desperation and life.Ill Wickers nature is tastefully-composed stories of words and music here mixed up with strophic ballads that could have been, and sometimes are, taken out of the traditional mold. Between ritualistic percussion and the driven violin is a choir of harsh harmonies, strings and organ emerged as by an old barrel organ. Untamed is a poetic and yelping liberation from the system´s norms viewed through the kaleidoscope. The album was recorded in legendary Silence studio in Koppom that have given the birth to albums from artist like Träd, Gräs och Stenar, Kebnekajse, Union Carbide and Motorpsycho. Silence Studio, is´s surroundings and the history got an enormous amount of connections to Ill Wickers music on several levels. Hugh Dellar, Shindig!-Magazine about Ill Wicker:
" Given that their name is so self-consciously draws from what retrospective historical views have come to term Acid Folk, it'd be easy to assume that Ill Wicker must be studied, unoriginal and unduly reverent. In reality, though, nothing could be further from the truth. Whether it's because of the relative geographical isolation of their base, their semi-communal approach to living, their youth or their roots in traditional Swedish folk music, the fact is this remarkable six-piece from Gothenburg burn with such fire and intensity that it's almost as if they stumbled upon their own dark forest magic in a hermetically sealed universe parallel to that in which Comus and the Incredible String Band once existed - as if two people in two different places discovered electricity via two different routes. Yes, that good....."
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