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.
The German dark-folk creator Prag 83 is scheduling an LP for February 2018 release.
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.
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.
Martin Del Carpio from the USA released the dark-folk single The Motel Room Song last week.
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.
The Swedish dark-folk duo Riket revealed the track Lost My Love less than ten hours ago.
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.