Picture an enchanted forest, filled with lush, dewy foliage—and an underbelly of musty, decaying wood. Hank Dogs songs have this duality; their airy Celtic and roots-doused soundscapes—c

Picture an enchanted forest, filled with lush, dewy foliage—and an underbelly of musty, decaying wood. Hank Dogs songs have this duality; their airy Celtic and roots-doused soundscapes—complete with pretty color chords and fragile harmonies—are joined with ruthlessly dark lyrics. Many of these tales seem to originate from tortured, twilight-hour affairs and red-eyed revelation. The South London trio (composed of ex-husband and wife Andy Allan and Piano Pace and joined by Allan's oldest daughter, Lily Marsh) meld elements of old and new folk tradition within this gently gliding collection; Beth Orton comes to mind, as does Fairport Convention. Yet, a richer diversity of song texture and timbre would elevate this 12-track collection from gorgeous, atmospheric background fodder to a set that reverberates with more distinction.—KIT