Friday, April 22, 2011

MOTD - Musk Ox: The Soundtrack to A Dawn Walk In The Woods

Mp3 Of The Day

Band/Artist: Musk Ox
Song: Sur Une Infine Route De Terre
Album: Musk Ox
Style: Neofolk/Acoustic
country/location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
release: 2009

Last month I had the amazing opportunity of seeing the majestic and ethereal Agalloch perform their one of a kind atmospheric and earthly metal. This show was a magical and glorious experience, will easily be remembered as one of my favorite shows of 2011. The evening was made even more special by the openers who provided unique and exquisite performances that complimented the headliners and in some cases even enhanced the overall feeling. Musk Ox was one of those enhancers!

This one man acoustic neofolk project is proof that a nylon stringed guitar can convey the vast beauty of nature. Combining the natural feel of folk, the song structure of prog rock, the avant garde feel of post rock and the dark power of atmospheric metal, this is simply gorgeous and serenely intricate. Musk Ox provides the perfect soundtrack for walking in the woods on a brisk early spring dawn. The sun is just barely up and the birds are beginning their morning chirping as beautiful but haunting melodies and flowing passages softly rings through the stillness. While expansive in it's portraiture, Musk Ox is also very personal and intimate, like a close friend or companion, keeping you company. Well worth seeing live, the man behind this amazing sound is a very friendly and humble performer. I hope he'll make his way down to Boston again! Check it out!