St. Just Vigilantes, Pastor of Oaks, Sheppherd of Stones

Pleasant but underwhelming album of mainly acoustic moves from a duo apparently based in Vancouver and London.  The self-consciously rustic title and faux-medieval lettering on the cover might lead the casual browser to assume that St. Just Vigilantes lie within the presently ubiquitous “weird folk” movement.  And elements of that sound are indeed present on the record, although it’s plain that the group are actually closer in spirit to the goth-inflected apocalyptic folk of Current 93 and Death In June, with a dash of ethno-folk à la Dead Can Dance stirred into the pot for good measure.  Now I yield to none in my love for all three of those groups, but this is a case of the whole being rather less than the sum of its parts.

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