OFFA REX – ” The Queen Of Hearts “

Posted: May 5, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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If you’ve never found a way to experience the tragedy of traditional British folk music, Now is your chance the stunning new album by Offa Rex, “The Queen Of Hearts” is  the project of English singer Olivia Chaney and The Decemberists.

It’s apparently a record The Decemberists‘ leader Colin Meloy has wanted to make for years, to honor that great British tradition and also the way bands in the ’60s and ’70s, like Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span, rocked it.

Offa Rex’s Olivia Chaney and Colin Meloy, are both artists are well-versed in the folk tradition as easily identified in Colin’s writing with The Decemberists  something he learned as a young lad growing up in Helena, Montana, while Chaney came to it through studying voice and piano in Oxford, England. On The Queen of Hearts, produced by Oregon-based producer Tucker Martine, you’ll hear their unique takes on classic records from such lumineries as Anne Briggs, Martin Carthy, Ewan MacColl, Phoebe Smith, June Tabor and more.

Colin Meloy told me, that he had the idea to make this record “because now I want to see out my fantasy of being in a ’60s psych-folk band from England. And I think Olivia was into the idea too,

The Queen of Hearts is out July 7th on Nonesuch Records.

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