The Guardian reviewed the album this song comes from back in October 2008 – it’s by Ralfe Band, the heavily folk-influenced Oly Ralfe and Andrew Mitchell along with various contributors, whose second album, Attic Thieves, was released on French label Talitres Records.
The review seems to suggest the album is ‘samey’ – a word I hate but that I feel inarticulately summarises the lengthy penultimate sentence of the review into a single adjective.
Although I don’t feel well-placed to comment on that sentiment having only listened to this one song on repeat that I can remember, I do wholeheartedly agree with the reference to this pick as a “fabulous instrumental”:
For me, it’s the solitary waltz of a lonely carnival clown with a single tear of sadness inked on his pale cheek. Or a mystical guide attempting to teach a noble yet flawed hero an important lesson before he is able to fulfill his destiny. Or…Guillermo del Toro’s mythological faun…?