Max Starzeff – Take Me Away – Single Review

Max Starzeff is a Finnish dark-folk creator.

Max Starzeff

Max Starzeff

Freshly out of the blocks with the first song to have been released at the tail end of last year.

Take Me Away is carried through the room as though by pall-bearers on splintered stilts as the juxtaposition of angular minor piano chords is pivoted by dream sequencing of synthesised guitar whilst the morose vocal holds spotlight.

Rather than combining as a collision of conflicts there is an underlying adroitness which enables Max Starzeff to deliver a deep, dark pool in which the audience desires to dive and become subsumed.

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Take Me Away – Max Starzeff is available on iTunes.*

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Prag 83 – Roads – Audio

The German dark-folk creator Prag 83 is scheduling an LP for February 2018 release.

Prag 83

Prag 83

The new album is a follow-up to the dystopian LP Metamorphoses from 2016.

Judging by the first song to appear from the forthcoming album – Roads – which was itself released as a stand alone single this month, it indicates of an LP of equally dark shadows with its ethereal presence casting a chill through the room.

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The False And The Fair – Gone Tomorrow – Single Review

On the 17th the Irish dark-folk quartet The False And The Fair are set to release the single Gone Tomorrow.

The False And The Fair - Photo by Gareth Walsh

The False And The Fair – Photo by Gareth Walsh




Like the warm current on the Gulf Stream drifting off the West coast of Ireland – Gone Tomorrow – (available on bandcamp) invites the listener to dip their toes in to the cold ocean to find that despite the stormy waters there is comfort to be found in the forlorn context.

Brushed cymbals afford the composition a mesmeric quality as guitar twines across notes that require dexterous fingering through which a bass, that evokes of the frothy surf of breaking waves, burbles – all of which surround a tender vocal that the audience finds themselves reaching out to touch.

The beauty of Gone Tomorrow is to be found in its melancholic thread.

A rising bridge towards the latter section provides a startling interruption as the climactic intensity of the reality of the moment contemplated comes in to sharp focus prior to drifting back to the quietly paced introspection.

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Martin Del Carpio – The Motel Room Song – Audio

Martin Del Carpio from the USA released the dark-folk single The Motel Room Song last week.

Martin Del Carpio - The Motel Room Song

Martin Del Carpio

Martin Del Carpio has featured on the site numerous times over the past few years always with a melancholic-electronica backdrop and The Motel Room Song marks a step change in instrumentation with acoustic guitar featuring prominently, where there is distinct similarity is the down-temp introspective nature of the track, which is available on bandcamp.

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Riket – Lost My love – Single Review

The Swedish dark-folk duo Riket revealed the track Lost My Love less than ten hours ago.

Riket

Riket

Those of sharper ears may think you recognise one part of the duet of voices as being the distinctive sound of Bea from LaDiDa and you would be right –  amongst other projects Bea teams up with Jennifer Lander to form the darkened sounds of Riket.

There is a mystical beauty in the resonance of the just under four minute track which finds the listener seeking the cloak of Gothic Architecture in which to fully enjoy Lost My Love.

I am looking forward to hearing more during the course of 2017 and word arrives of thoughts of an EP on distant wings.

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