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Wovenhand

It's been two years since Wovenhand released Ten Stones. But it might as well have been an eternity. Since that last batch of songs, frontman David Eugene Edwards has cast a net across time and space and snared The Threshingfloor, an album that severs the band's already tenuous tether to influences like the Bad Seeds and encompasses a trance-like, almost rapturous dronescape. Less chiseled and polished than Ten Stones, the new disc is a murky workout of Middle Eastern and Eastern European tools and tones, one that feels like a missing link between just about every folk music that's ever existed. Shedding Western chord progressions in favor of a hypnotic, modal undertow, The Threshingfloor isn't just a stunning new direction for Wovenhand; it's like eavesdropping on forever.

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