Weird Tales from the Countryside (2015)

Weird Tales from the Countryside portrays the way the countryside haunts and lingers around you in the night. It brings a deep, unique twist on modern horror music. WTFTC features a great electronic twist on the usual daunting strings music we hear in modern cinema. The overall dark tone and and atmosphere the album brings evokes a sheer sense of loneliness and terror. Each track works well with the last and the track list has a steady progression that builds to an unsettling finale. All together works well at being theatrical and atmospheric. This piece by artist Défago brings a intense piece of work that encapsulates themes from 70’s/80’s horror as well as modern elements.

Here’s a breakdown of the track list:

  1. A Lament. – From the beginning of the album, the haunting atmosphere is ever present. We are instantly reminded of the emotions and themes from classic horror movies. I actually got goosebumps on my first listen to this track. The melody in this track gives off an unnerving presence throughout. A Lament is a strong opening to the album itself.
  2. Florence’s Demise. – The music continues getting stronger, bringing a tense piece titled Florence’s Demise. This piece actually captures the feel of the 80’s horror with the chilling tones and overall tune. This one actually earned a place on one of my favourite tracks from the album.
  3. The Holy Company. – I feel as if this track brings the story along. We’re reminded of a stronger presence that comes through within this piece. A more brooding track, it highlights a darker moment within horror.
  4. The Whisper in the Woods. – The subtle sounds of the woods gives a further idea of being alone with your senses. The more upbeat track, it gives you a range of unsettling emotions and carries on a full narrative from the start.
  5. Night of the Owls. – Owls are always noted to be haunting and this track portrays their unsettling vibe. With a beautiful yet creepy melody, this track is by far one of my favourites.
  6. Call of the Seven Whistlers. – A sadder emotion comes through on this track. A very halloween based atmosphere brought to light in this one. This is definitely one of the spookier tracks in the album.
  7. Nocturnal. – One of the strongest tracks in the album, Nocturnal has all of the perfect elements for a track that could easily work wonders in a horror movie.
  8. Return to Corpse City. – Carries on a suspenseful tone throughout, leaving a lasting effect. Perfect blend of emotion and atmospheric work come through in this track. The slight carousel/music box sound in the latter part of the track adds more depth, making it a nightmare induced experience.
  9. Windows Full of Night. – This piece has a darker, night-time feel. Again, replicates that 80’s horror vibe from the classics but holds it’s own sense of uniqueness.
  10. They Came from the Skies. – The progression in this tracks helps you await the finale piece. Gradually getting heavier and more intense as the track goes on, it really sets the pace for an effortless payoff.
  11. The Festival. – A solemn ending to the album, creating a deep finale that plays on the atmospheric melody within. A haunting overall track that plays out a well crafted theatrical experience.

I have a few personal favourite tracks from the album:

Overall, Weird Tales from the Countryside earns a full 5/5 skull rating (☠☠☠☠☠) and the recommendation that you should check it out. I definitely am keeping it on hand for personal listening. If you’re interested in checking out more of Défago’s work, then please have a look at his Facebook, Bandcamp and Soundcloud.
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