Elfin Saddle deepens its compositional and conceptual agenda on Devastates, the band's third full-length album. It weds an operetta-style song cycle to an organic, junkshop aesthetic to great effect, forging a unique hybrid folk music that weaves Honda's trilling vocals (often singing in Japanese) and McKenzie's woodsy, unaffected baritone with threads of clattering steam-engine percussion, ukulele, accordion, glockenspiel and pump organ.
I stumbled on to a song from this album while looking for another song. after listening to it I was shocked by the unusual quality of music. There is a definite, unique style to it. Subsequently, I went on buying spree and purchased all Elfin Saddle's other albums. I would recommend this music to anyone.
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