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“Did an interview with Jason Barnard of Strange Brew was interesting thinking about what we've been up to, revisiting some of the thinking behind things, anyway here it is”

“It’s really nice to know that people are still making great, experimental acid folk that has both emotion and psychedelic elements. There’s something ancient and something from outer space. “Service of the Owls” has beautiful twin-vocals and a melancholic mood. I love Mark’s vocals and the female singer Hannah Moriah is also excellent. I can hear echoes of the cream of the old UK acid psych acts, wonderful.”

“‘whilst Look in the Dust is an amazing slice of 60s-ish garage folk-rock; Walking Back To You is a very lovely laid-back song that draws from American folk-rock whilst having the potential to appeal just as much to an indie-pop audience. Really superb stuff, highly recommended.’”

“Suffice to say that Dark Weave has been my favourite album of the summer and will be getting played over and over as we head into Autumn and Winter. It's that kind of record. Pastoral folk mixed with subtle electronica if you want to place it within genres. But I suggest just listening with open ears, hearts and minds and see where it takes you.”

“It is the vocal songs in which McDowell really shines....'Elizabeth' is majestic, my fave on the album and 'Look In The Dust' is folk-a-go-go, complete with Hammond organ. It is a highly enjoyable album that brings a smile to the face at every turn.”

“Dark Weave derives much of its success from its artfully constructed textures. Analogue bubbles and drones are at play here as Mark McDowell and Hannah Moriah’s vocals commingle with acoustic lines and Indian strings, on this fine and varied offering.”

Greg Healey - Shindig

“Continuing with the Music Festivals, the 2 August found us managing the Market Stage at Redfest, St George Park, Bristol and what a fantastic afternoon it was. We were then treated to some cool psychedelia and folk from Mark McDowell.”

Jelli News letter

“Mark McDowell is a Breton shirted, modern-day minstrel with an impressive line in soft baroque psych-pop. His track on this single, entitled Girls Of Belvoir, tells of 17th century witchcraft at a castle in Leicestershire. You don't get that on X-Factor! Folksy and enchanting but with a slightly sinister edge, it's Witchfinder General scored by Vaughan Williams, unsettling and very English.”

“The Regal Grabomophone Annual leads off with the wistful shimmering folk-pop of Mark McDowell ‘Girls Of Belvoir’, its natural beauty seeping through the hazy layers of electric guitars.”

Neil Hussey - Shindig

“‘Our favourite is the fully acoustic ‘Dead Star Eyes’ which with its irresistible charm and effortless presence stands a testament to Mark McDowell’s command of traditional songwriting.’”

Fear of Fiction

“'Come Explain Yourself' is a baroque pop number filled with retro charm while integral flute sections lend an air of medieval exuberance. They finish off the EP with 'Sally in the Woods' sounding like Simon and Garfunkel playing at a renaissance ball, it feels like a very complete and concise musical statement. ”