Soundtrack Month: “The Virgin Queen” (Martin Phipps & The Mediaeval Baebes)

Yes, yes, I already mentioned a song from this album in a previous post – but you’ve never heard Elizabethan-themed music quite like The Virgin Queen. Underdog Martin Phipps, mostly known for his work in British TV, nailed this album. While little to none of it is a direct transplant from bygone centuries – this is not a historical reenactment album – it’s still rather gorgeous most of the time. While the Bulgarian vocals might baffle you, their arrangements aren’t actually out of place (amazingly), and they add a unique and seldom-heard tonal quality to break up the hazy daydreams of guitars and subdued orchestral portions. Contributions from the Mediaeval Baebes add a softer touch and good ole mojo.