Darren Hayman And The Long Parliament – ‘The Violence’

It’s Beirut/Bon Iver/PJ Harvey brilliant

In which the ex-Hefner man – arguably the greatest twee-folk hero of the past two decades – explores 17th-century Essex witch trials and Cromwellian politics over an hour of backwards lutes and tablas. It’s Beirut/Bon Iver/PJ Harvey brilliant, taking Damon Albarn’s ‘Dr Dee’ to sublime extremes. The title track makes being burned at the stake sound as exciting as diving out of space, while the lustrous future folk of ‘Elizabeth Clarke’ imagines swinging from the legs of hanging witches, and the psych wonderment of ‘Rebecca West’ could be MGMT doing Neil Young.

Mark Beaumont