This EP is Brandon Siscoe of Ink Puddle Compound playing a more relaxed and controlled kind of folk than than usual. The short 3-track EP starts off with it's finest moment: a 1 minute long, distant flute intro with no accompaniment. Sadly, it's downhill from then on. Unlike former releases from Mr. Siscoe, this EP lacks the sound and layers that are needed to create the dusky, atmospheric folk he has performed so well on former releases.
The slow-paced strums on the stringed instruments are a little too mechanical and the vocals get tiresome. On the third and final track, the vocals become almost David Tibetan with focus on articulation and that definitely suits the systematic guitar playing more, but the EP's main problem remains: There are just no climatic moments of any significance and all 12 minutes lack distinctness. Unfortunately, the beautifully titled “Northernmost Woe EP” fails to live up to the expectations of an Ink Puddle Compound fan. 4/10 -- Tobias Corell (1 May, 2009)