Shadow Folk are shadowy folk indeed. The band’s website has no indication of who’s in the group, but most websites state its a quartet...maybe. A little bit of mystery is always appreciated in today’s age of information overload, and it’s the mystery that highlights the sonic beauty of the four-track debut, Green Window
. The vocals on album opener “Heaven’s Gate” resemble the stylistic wordplay of Syd Barrett set next to a bright canvas of sunny pop and slow strums that recall the smoldering guitars of Slowdive’s Souvlaki
, while “The Setting of the Sun” is a reimagining of the kitchen sink ballads of Ray Davies with a Scott Walker eye for sonic detail. Beautiful stuff for a band that seems like it doesn’t exist.