WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
“Hemlock...starts with an accord which reminded me very strongly of when I used to open a new vinyl record and the smell of the fresh-pressed plastic would arise from the sleeve. Other corrupting influences like leather and rum show up as well. Hemlock opens with that fantastic fresh vinyl accord...then a coterie of spices with clove, cinnamon, and pink pepper transforming it from synthetic plastic to something more vital. A rum accord is next which is melded with a synthetic white floral accord.
There is nothing natural about the florals at the heart of Hemlock. It is an appropriate progression from the vinyl to in essence synthetic flowers. This heads into a leather and patchouli base sweetened a bit by vanilla and benzoin. Hemlock is one of my favorites in this collection; the embrace of the unnatural carries a large amount of appeal for me.”