We haven't caught up with Caethua's Clare Hubbard since her stunning tape for Abandon Ship a few years ago but time has been good to the Maine songstress. Following an LP for Saxwand and a cassette on Goaty Tapes, Hubbard crafts a stunning twofold album for Australia's Preservation Records. Her skeletal folk has grown from basement recordings full of haunting magic to full blossomed night odes floating in spectral bloom over fields of forgotten relics. The first half of The Long Afternoon of Earth revels in the dim light of grey dawns and overcast afternoons, folk with a bittersweet optimistic side through the grim facade of the day. The second half of the album grows darker, succumbing to the night as it gathers around, never dreary, but a darker aura that skips along mechanically under her sweetly melancholy songs. This is Caethua beginning to show full promise, the song craft that was only hinted at in earlier works has finally emerged full grown and dancing through the icy pre-dawn dew.
[MP3] Caethua - Lament
[MP3] Caethua - Highways in the Deathlight
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