||NAEVUS – Backsaddling 7″EP (4iB009)
1. Up a Hill
1. Listing Instincts
– 7″ in Gatefold Cardboard Sleeve
– Limited Edition 200 Copies
– Individually Numbered (Vinyl, Sleeve and Cover Sticker)
Naevus has often been closely associated with the neofolk/darkfolk genre, but this 7″ release attests much more to that perception by demonstrating the versatility and diverse influence of the band. In this current lineup comprising Lloyd James, Ben McLees and Hunter Barr, the 4 tracks in Backsaddling draw from a wide variety of musical influences ranging from industrial; as a narrative intro that revisits a passage in time in ‘Up A Hill’, intermixed with frontman Lloyd James’s neofolk vocal style with further accompaniment of acoustic elements in ‘Listing Instincts’, and finally infused with electronics and progressive post punk melodies of infectious guitar twangs and bass riffs in ‘Aria/Acqua’ & ‘Ego’.
The tracks are well written and harmoniously arranged that they defy a static genre definition. This can be attributed to Lloyd James’s extensive exposure to acts from across all genres and styles by being an active contributor in the music circle. Other than performing as a solo acoustic artist, Lloyd has been a prolific participant in many other experimental, post industrial, post punk and neofolk bands as a guest vocalist, percussionist and guitarist. Some of them include Knifeladder, Kirlian Camera, Sol Invictus, Sorrow/Rose McDowall, Sieben, Albin Julius & Friends, Andrew King, While Angels Watch, Fire + Ice, Mushroom’s Patience and more. Hence, be expected to discover the remnants of these acts being reinvented, rehashed and re-presented in a unique combination of genres in a style that is uniquely Naevus.