BoyBovis’ ‘Music for Moss’ is a libation for Wessex and childhood.

The second EP from folk artist and CLODHOP founder Sid Plimmer burrows into mythic hillsides with reverence and fear.

Photo: Tom Cassidy | Words: Grace Marshall

BoyBovis (where “bovis”, I assume, means “of the cow”), pseudonym of staunch Wessexian Sid Plimmer, offers views of a shadowy internal landscape in his second EP “Music for Moss”. The collection is a celebration, as much in poem as in song, of ancient westerly landscapes, albeit ones pied with demons, drunkards, and industry. Vignettes from debut EP “Some Folk(‘s) Songs” reappear in a distinctive voice that blurs the broad folk ways with more private, internal paths.

‘Little Person Hug’, performed with help from Plimmer’s sibling Watch Paint Dry, is obscure and intuitive all at once. Synth, singing saw, and field recordings accompany poetry which is delivered unhurried and with great intent. The final track, “Old Hole” is also spoken word – and the other songs are no less poems for being sung, with heart and perhaps a little fear, in a double-tracked bass. Vowels come from the jaw, slung with the chin jutting out. Fear comes through particularly in “Everybody Knows”, in which a siren lurks behind the guitar and banjo as if a sinister shadow which nobody talks about.

Taken together the collection is thoroughly and admirably averse to the London scene in its imagery and its aims. Dedicating an EP to moss works like a subtle rejection of the greasy poles of the music industry rat-race. It forms a mnemonic for a rurality which is all at once mythic and seedy.