>> Reviews – Briefly

About ”When I was walking” ”single”

Sunday experience

When I was walking’ and ‘green couch’ the former of which is a beautifully beguiled spectral mysterio that loosely orbits the dark seduction of the Stones’ ‘playing with fire’ as reappraised a few years ago by – if I recall rightly – Crystaline Josephine all dreamily and bewitchingly hushed in a floral nocturne tapestry. ‘green couch’ on the flipside is quite something else, genteelly surrendering and shyly tender its elegant eeriness and adoring undulates tinkerishly daydream whilst drawing the dots between Beautify Junkyards and the Shortwave Set under the guiding hand of Renaissance.

 A box of dreams

”Beautiful, Timeless and utterly bewitching. If the winter winds don’t give you icy chills, this will. This harkens back to the classic days of acid folk and if you miss this you deserve a one way trip to Summer Isle for May Day Celebrations as their guest of honour.

The Strange brew

‘When I Was Walking’ is gorgeous Wicker-esque acid folk, with the introspective b-side ‘Green Couch’ more straight ahead pop-folk but no less enchanting.

 

About ”Fading within the dwelling sun” ”10”

Prog Magazine

”Swedish folk-rockers Us And Them pull off a label peak with a ten-inch album covering five Sandy Denny songs. Backed by Anders’ crystal backdrops and Tony Swettenham’s Mellotron, singer Britt wins over this daunting challenge by perfectly capturing the late singer’s pure unearthly beauty on haunting versions of Winter Winds and Farewell, Farewell. ”

The Sunday experience

When you consider the wealth of releases and the names who’ve graced the label – the pretty things, soft hearted scientists, beau, vibravoid, the chemistry set et al, as impeccable and illustrious the FdM back catalogue is, this might just well be the finest thing they’ve put out to date.

The Strange brew

The Swedes follow up their EP of covers with a 7 inch of two original songs that deservedly nestle alongside the Denny classics.

New Underground music (translated from dutch)

Fading With The dwindling Sun” of Us And Them contains 5 wonderful peaceful folk-pop songs that fans of Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny and folk in general, especially in value will appreciate and I can also highly recommend them, even go listen to this superb disc.

Goldmine Magazine

Mellotron and strings add to the atmosphere, trepidation and doomed determination enfolding the lyric as they draw the listener ever deeper into the unfolding story.Which is all that these songs have ever asked of either performer or audience. Is this Fruits de Mer’s finest ever release? It’s certainly one of them.

A box of dreams

The band are to be congratulated for their thoughtfulness in the arrangements. I love everything this band have put out.

 

Heyday

”There’s something about this Scandinavian duo that evokes feelings of reflection in me. Not sadness though, I come out of it overwhelmed by the beauty. One day I’ll be better able to put it into words, but for now, let’s just say I love their music.”

About ”Summer green and autumn brown” album

”The myriad influences and reference points combine to beautiful effect on the lengthy and mysterious ‘From The Inside Looking Out’ before the repeated refrain “stay a while, stay for summer, stay for good” on the dreamy ‘Insight’ locks us into some perpetual season of indolence and mellow fruitfulness. 4 out of five” Shindig magazine

”This truly is a top-class album, which perfectly combines mellow psych-folk and retro electronica in a way that really works.” Blissaquamarine 

”this album is excellent, incl. ten songs, ten magical elegies, ten dreamy moments.” GewGaw fanzine 

”and Rönnholm’s is the voice that sings above the sounds of nature, the witch who croons as she stirs the cauldron; the music you wish you’d learn to hum as you read the brothers Grimm in your childhood.” Goldmine Magazine

”This is a wonderful album that is highly recommended for fans who like edgy, folk-influenced music with deep roots in the past.” The Active listener

”Summer Green And Autumn Green’ is a Pandora’s Box of emotions – sometimes things may not be right, but there’s always hope.” Heyday

”If you are to buy one folk album this year then it should be this one.” Days of Purple and orange 

”new platter ‘summer green and autumn brown’ is quite something else and ought to elevate them to the echelons of psych folk’s top table” The Sunday experience

”There is a tradition of melodic, albeit often melancholy songs in Scandinavia, and this band follow that tradition in their own way.” Terrascope

”Us and Them create some of the most beautifully delicate and pastoral Folk based Psychedelia I’ve ever Heard.”  Aural innovations

”This is a stunning Acid Folk record and we can’t recommend it enough………….turn on, tune in……..bliss out.” The psychedelicatessen blogspot

”If the promise of a delightfully dinked festooning of pastoral posies make your heart skip just a little faster, then may we gently guide you in the general direction of something simply enchanting about to break cover from its shy hideaway via mega dodo records.” Mark Losing today

 

About ”By the time it gets dark” EP

”A new EP from Us and Them means three new slices of magical melancholy, cunningly disguised among the loveliest sounds you’ll hear this year.”   Goldmine magazine

” A voice with the presence of a lover’s breath on your neck sings Sandy Denny without sounding like her, but every bit as personal.”   Record collector

”A brilliant piece of music in this rendition. Impressive.”    House of prog

”Amazing stuff that is perfect for lighting up a dark morning. You just can’t feel bad after hearing this song”.      Psychotropiczone

”And Britt’s vocals are simply beautiful; we’re talking melted hearts and minds.”     Aural-innovations

”Absolutely beguiling and charming”     A box of dreams

 ”Us and Them continue to quietly dazzle the listener following a number of excellent releases”      Strange brew

”simply adoring three track slice of charm pop from FdM old masters Us and Them.” Mark losing today

”Slightly terrfying, deeply alluring”. Record collector

 


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