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Harem of the Sundrum and the Witness Figg


Download links and information about Harem of the Sundrum and the Witness Figg by Wooden Wand. This album was released in 2005 and it belongs to Rock, Folk Rock, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist, Psychedelic genres. It contains 10 tracks with total duration of 38:25 minutes.

Artist: Wooden Wand
Release date: 2005
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist, Psychedelic
Tracks: 10
Duration: 38:25
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No. Title Length
1. Leave Your Perch... 6:33
2. Perch Modifier 2:16
3. Vengeance, Pt. 2 2:46
4. Sundrum Ladies 3:27
5. Babylon the Great, Pt. 3 4:24
6. (Ask A) Sufist Chef 4:57
7. Spiritual Inmate 3:32
8. Forgiveness Figg (Bethany Hotel Blues) 2:23
9. Eagle Claw 4:43
10. Warn Winch, Pt. 2-3 3:24



Harem of the Sundrum and the Witness Fig is a solo album from neo-folkie Wooden Wand (James Toth) which forgoes the experimentalism and free range sonic weirdness of his collaborations with ensemble the Vanishing Voice. It's nice to get to the core of his songs here, which fall somewhere between Woody Guthrie and Leonard Cohen. The bare-bones approach creates a simple ambience that makes his creations seem more like interpretations of folk standards rather than the originals they are. Subtle treatments such as the phased vocal on "Leave Your Perch...," calling to mind a stripped-down Spacemen 3, lend atmosphere, but most pieces are just his voice and guitar with the occasional light accompaniment of second guitar or harmony vocals, apparently from his usual cast of cohorts. Other modern touches embellish the recordings and keep them firmly in the 21st century warehouse freak-folk scene from which they derive. "Vengeance" could be Robert Pollard channeling Bob Dylan (channeling Pete Seeger). The wah-wah guitar on "Sundrum Ladies" and "(Ask A) Sufist Chef" drops a hit of mescaline into what was once a run-of-the-mill campfire song. Only the odd drone that begins "Warn Winch Pts 2-3" hints at what Wooden Wand does with his expanded group. But lovers of the psychedelic avant-mayhem of the Vanishing Voice (or Akron/Family or Animal Collective) will find less to expand their minds here, and fans of modern folk (Devendra Banhart or Will Oldham) will appreciate the traditionalism and straightforwardness of this material, which is captivating in its simplicity.