The Northern Folk – Get On – Single Review

The Australian funk-folk undecim The Northern Folk release the single Get On on the 12th.

The Northern Folk - Get On

The Northern Folk

Digging deeper in to the soul in Get OnNorthern Folk are able to deliver a song in which the listener finds themselves investigating their own eviscerated skeleton as once again the eleven players strip away all the fat, akin to vultures feasting, with the stripped back melodies within which the undecet once again demonstrate their ability to deploy players in relevant stance rather than abstract inclusion to merely make things louder whilst creating confusion, as they clear away a platform in which the brass, keys and vocals are given stance with the supporting framework of percussion and guitars framing the output of a song that fulminates of societal disconnect.

Those who are of longer stay will be minded of the Russian tredecim – Краснознаменная дивизия имени моей бабушки (Red banner division named after my grandmother),  who were also the Editors’ Choice for band of the month in May – stylistically very different though of similar innate ability and hence why it is once again a pleasure to invite you to spend another just over three and a half minutes in the company of The Northern Folk.

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The Northern Folk – Foolish Child – Audio

The Australian alt-folk undectet The Northern Folk released the LP Stumble On Home on the 28th of October.

The Northern Folk

The Northern Folk

Wending ones way through the approximately thirty one minute seven track album one is immediately struck by the lack of fat on the bones as rather than each of the eleven players feeling the need to have a moment in the spotlight they appreciate as a unit they are far more than the sum of the parts – do recall there are a lot of parts in The Northern Folk.

The unedctet have a very clear focus on the compositions The Northern Folk are seeking to create and they are all delivered with less collective ‘look at me’ egotism than the stage size that is needed to accommodate them all.

Stumble On Home threads an intrigue of ideas as funk numbers dominated by the reed and wind section gives way to morose folk in which dual vocals counterpoint each other with other pieces of nu-folk, even stretching to country numbers, whilst always combining all the elements of strings, wind, electronics, percussion and vocals in measured composition.

Stumble On Home – much akin to wandering home from a club after a long drinking session – threads various ideas and thoughts and a release well worth spending time to get to know.

My pick of the release (available on bandcamp) is the closer Foolish Child – which perversely and not at all indicative of the LP as a whole, particularly given all the above, features pianoforte and vocal only – though as regular readers know – if the music is melancholic and simultaneously acerbic – there is a good chance I will particularly enjoy the piece.


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