“Clang Sayne craft a tender yet restless atmosphere, revealing a lifetime’s worth of impressions with dirge-like pathos. "
"musical alchemist Laura Hyland is an explorer of the hidden paths and less-travelled byways that connect folk and traditional music with contemporary jazz and the avant-garde."
"venturers in the post-genre slip stream, weaving folk, improv, art pop and contemporary classical into new material that is soft on the ear but tough as leather."
“The band draws a remarkable line between the folk aesthetic of the 60s/70s and the new music strands of today, perhaps in the search for a new, more direct form of musical expression. "
“The Round Soul Of The World” is a stunning achievement in distilling myriad themes (chiefly those of mortality, death and love) in a quietly breathtaking and poignant way. "
"Hyland’s soundscapes explore the rugged uplands criss-crossed by contemporary folk, avant-pop, improvisation and acoustic abstraction. A singular, defiantly independent voice in the lineage of Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, and Bjork"
"the hypnotic, hymnal nature of these songs fuels a desire to unravel their mysteries."
"full of freestyle guile, wonky pop spirit and avant-everything experimental folk-jazz moxie."
"One of the most interesting new bands from Ireland in recent times."
"a sonic landscape of real, oftentimes transcendental beauty. Sparse in nature yet refined in its poise and glow, the album is a consistently intriguing extended tale in experimental folk"
"This is a set of live, organic, no-safety-net performances; there is something exhilarating about this modest yet perverse album and its refusal to conform."
'Winterlands' Review: Clive Bell, The Wire, June 2010
"The raw no-overdubs recording style adds a sense of fluidity to the album, a real sense that on another day the band's improvisational compass could have steered these songs to different waters altogether"
'Winterlands' Review: Scott McMillian, Mapsidaisical, April 2010
"A brittly beautiful collection of autumnal songs - partly structured, partly free-floating, these pieces feel both weightless and airy as well as astoundingly clearly shaped."
Tokafi interview / review
"The milky artwork and packaging bring to mind a pearl, one that stands out all the more from so many other gaudy synthetic gems."
Serdar Yegulalp, Music Machine
"This is an album that could have been recorded at any point between 1969 and the present day, music that transcends the background of its contributors or any expectation a listener might bring."
"The quartet's stunning [song] "A Death And A Vision" showcases an uncategorisable approach to song craft that brings to mind the music of Tim Buckley, Jandek and David Sylvian's collaborations with Derek Bailey."
"Improvisation yes, but the songs seem to have some kind of logical structure, a frame holding things in place. Mysteriously inviting, with an almost Siren like vibrancy; this is an album of intriguing beauty that's well worth your time."
"I found [your setting of 'A Ritual To Read To Each Other'] memorable and haunting, a very intriguing account of the poem, and very suitable."
Response from The William Stafford Estate