Poets to Their Beloved - _Embrace the Fool_
(Equilibrium Music, 2007)
by: Quentin Kalis (7.5 out of 10)
Newcomers Poets to Their Beloved epitomise the raison d'être approach of their label, Equilibrium Music: soft yet enchanting folk orientated music. (True, Equilibrium Music also has some martial acts on their roster such as Puissance and Arditi, as well as heathen recidivists The Moon and the Nightspirit, but their primary focus is on neoclassical folk.)

This project is composed of the duo of Marcel Schiborr (guitars, percussion and vox) and Saskia Dommisse (vox, dulcimer, keys, more drums) whilst a guest provides cello and violin. Dead Can Dance is probably their biggest influence; the German / Dutch duo did meet at a Brendan Perry workshop on the Emerald Isle! Apparently, Marcel was previously involved in a number of melodeath projects, but has since completely abandoned all connection to that style. I doubt a wiser choice was ever made.

The music is primarily generated through an assortment of string instruments including acoustic guitar, cello, violin and bass. Percussion is present, but rather rudimentary in comparison to their layering and use of stringed instruments. There is a strong ethereal quality to their music, but this is negligible in comparison to labelmates Hexperos and Íon. Marcel provides most of the vocals, although Saskia's are more technically perfect; however, she lacks the warmth that his voice provides.

Overall, this is another neoclassical gem on the small Portuguese label and recommended for all those with a love of neoclassical, neofolk and everything in-between.

Contact: http://www.myspace.com/poetstotheirbeloved

(article published 15/3/2008)

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