Some nice reviews have been coming in for Joy’s Reflection is Sorrow – here’s a selection:
Folk Radio UK: ‘There are many factors that make Joy’s Reflection Is Sorrow a wonderful album. The musicianship is great … Kraus’s voice has found a new confidence and the rolled-back arrangements and production allow the songs room to breathe and speak. But perhaps the most important thing, in a world in which instant gratification and long-term despair are increasingly held up as the only options, is the sense of a lasting optimism that goes beyond the span of a human life, that perhaps even defines the nature of human life. Kraus may not be able to answer those big questions – maybe they are unanswerable – but she has found the best possible way to ask them.’
The Wire: ‘Like the tarot image on the album sleeve, Kraus deals love and loss in equal measures, and sees them as part of the same cycle. While the title song savours the joys of each season, it does so with full awareness that the world will outlive the person loving it. But generosity and generative action get the last word here, refuting death and greed.’
Delusions of Adequacy: ‘Kraus’s best and most accessible long-player to date, which seamlessly entwines her most intimate traditionalist songwriting inclinations with more her sonically adventurous tendencies… for an eight-track album so consumed with death and dying, Joy’s Reflection Is Sorrow is paradoxically brimming full of artistic life.’
Terrascope: ‘Joy’s Reflection Is Sorrow flows like journey upon a becalmed river, even if that body of water sometimes resembles the mythical Styx. Drink deep of this and you will be fulfilled.’
MOOF: ‘… both unearthly and, whilst inviting, also unnerving. This is Kraus’ forte, to merge beauty and melody with an edge that keeps things unpredictable and often deliciously otherworldly.’
Soundblab: ‘Joy’s Reflection Is Sorrow continues that marriage of styles, eerie goth-inflected vibes softened by traditional folk’s sweet harmonies, revisiting the dichotomy of dark/light, soft/hard, joy/sorrow and pushing through the sorrows life throws at her to find that joy anxiously, perhaps trembling timidly while it waits on the other side of the mirror.’
Fatea Magazine: ‘There’s something both unsettling and comforting about Sharron’s latest opus, and the qualities coexist in music that’s both stimulating and reassuring. In the end, the prevailing current of this fine album is that of optimism in the face of despair – which can only be a good thing.’
There’s a nice feature in the current issue of Shindig! magazine (issue 82):
My album is officially released today and to mark the release, here’s a video for the title track.
I received vinyl copies of my new album from Sunstone last week and will be selling them at gigs. Apart from these copies, the first pressing on frosted clear vinyl has sold out in advance sales, and Sunstone will be doing a repress soon.
I also have CDs and will be selling those on Bandcamp as well as at gigs.
I’ve contributed a track to A Place to Dwell, a compilation album to raise money for Southend YMCA put together by Diana Collier (The Owl Service, Greanvine). Other contributing artists include Alasdair Roberts, Nancy Wallace, Alex Rex and Lost Harbours. The album will be released on CD on Friday 22nd June.
The limited edition clear vinyl edition of Joy’s Reflection is Sorrow can now be preordered from Sunstone Records. The official release date is now June 21st.
My new album, Joy’s Reflection is Sorrow, will be released on Sunstone Records on 1st May.
A recording of the talk I presented at the Psychoanalysis, Art and the Occult conference in London in 2016 – ‘Art As Alchemy’ – is included in Rendering Unconscious, a new podcast by Vanessa Sinclair, who organised the conference. You can listen to it here:
John Barleycorn Reborn, a 3 CD compilation put together by Mark Coyle in 2007, has been re-released as a lovely 4 LP boxset on gold vinyl by Burning World Records. As well as a track by me called ‘Horn Dance’, inspired by the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance the compilation includes tracks by The Owl Service, Kitchen Cynics, Sieben, Pumajaw and English Heretic.