The German agit-folk creator Harry Gump released the EP Waterfront on the 1st.
A five track release, (available on bandcamp) Waterfront, as in common with all music previously featured since introduction in 2014 reflects of a frustration and sadness that the world is so wrapped up in facile divisions that it is inevitably everyone who suffers delivered by easily measured guitar and distinctive style that is the hallmark of the music if Harry Gump.
The second song is Nichts Weiter which also features Niki Minipax.
The first track to surface from the EP, may well be known to those who have seen Harry Gump live, for those of us who haven’t, Longing For More is its first outing from an EP, having regularly featured the music since being introduced in 2014, I recommend adding to the collection when made available.
Earlier this month 5 Hills Out released the four track EP No Way In.
Whilst the tracks on the roughly sixteen minutes of the EP do not seek to hammer down the walls aurally, there is a a distinct railing against a system which grinds the vast majority in to quiet servitude of the minority. Akin to many protest bands of the genre – quietly spoken doesn’t mean cowed – and 5 Hills Out take the power of peaceful and erudite expostulation to seek to express their message.
From No Way In – my pick of the release is the second number Protest – a track which swarms through the ears in combinations of split vocals, mandolin, accordion, guitar, bass and drum which series the 99% behind their direction of travel and the listener finds themselves thinking of 5 Hills Out as a channel for a 21st Century Jarrow March.
Based in San Antonio, Texas in the USA are Kate Terrell, Jeremiah Teutsch, Caralyn Snyder and Hills Snyder who form the agit-folk troupe Wolverton.
The underlying agitation is reflected in discordant instrumentation which bleeds across the room like blood splatter, Wolverton then impose constructs of interpretation which veer between abhorrence of the scene and awe at the beauty of the patterns and it is their ability to draw the two opposites into convergence, which gives the material its beauty.
The quartet are uncompromising in their style which inevitably draws, by the very genre, but much scorn of the like of their kin – Dylan, Baez, Guthrie et al, yet to ignore the message for its conveyance, is to miss prescience and to my mind a grave error.
Lyric ever lays baleful eye, whilst the vocal delivery transposes, akin the instrumentation, betwixt menace and glorification giving the compositions an ebb and flow of texture which keeps the ears attenuated.
Growing in experience and confidence over their four years of journey, Wolverton have the potential to mark themselves out territory, which will be long lingering.
A new EP – Things Left On Earth – is set for release on the 3rd of November.
Based around the thoughts of Hugo Kensdale – Hugo Kensdale & Band based in Manchester in England – is an agit-folk-rock collective.
Hugo Kensdale & Band
Slowly turning across the room are sounds that remind me of The Kinks, wrapped in a Café in Marseilles surrounded by drifts of morose contemplatives as Hugo Kensdale & Band consider the world of discordance.
Equally able to shift between unplugged acoustics to full blown brass, keys and strings Hugo Kensdale & Band is able to extract the nuances of reflective that reverberate of a world in turmoil. The easy flowing compositions ease their way across the ears, leaving trails of blood as the songs contemplate on social and personal tumult.
Many dismiss anything touching folk as something of no relevance, they are ignoring the most important lyric writers and agitators in music over many decades and whilst this may sit outside the comfort zone of a Friday night party, to ignore Hugo Kensdale & Band is to miss some of the most relevant contemplatives of the current reality.
Whilst I don’t expect you will turn on the radio or television to find Hugo Kensdale & Band lighting up your ears, were there justice in the world – you would and my personal thanks for exploring the avenues excavated.