What does it sound like?:
I’ll get to that, but there is something somehow here that reminds me of America, the HWNNHMs, in both the hirsute appearances, the ambience and , just, their backstory. Although rather than being U.S. airforce brats stranded in South Ruislip, these 3 young brits met in the Lebanon, all gainfully employed as language tutors. And, much as you wouldn’t think it, their homegrown acoustica found interest, they becoming, apparently, the new sound of the suburbs, Beirut style. Broadly folk, and avidly espousing electricity, with hints of of many a 60s and 70s celtic influence in evidence, Planxty being drawn to mind not infrequently. The vocals are sufficiently robust as to avid the risk of twee, their own songs mixing relatively seamlessly with the trio of trad. arrs. I feel there is probably some welsh blood coursing through the band, much of the material making reference to that land, though I won’t hold that against them. Indeed it is the principality that the record was made. At times peeks through the cadences of their adopted home in the middle east, showing the similarities rather than heightening the differences between ethnic musics. One criticism might be the youthful enthusiasm that spills over into occasional yelps and hoys, but maybe I am just too much the old curmudgeon.
All in all, good stuff that should appeal to many an ear here.
Thanks to Bargey for pointing this my way, and to Tiggs for suggesting it might be my cup of mead.
What does it all *mean*?
Folk music knows no frontier and offers no barrier but prejudice.
Goes well with…
Outside drinking; I see them going down a storm at (folk) festivals this coming summer.
Might suit people who like…
The album comes out tomorrow.