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Thread #133524 Message #3032872
Posted By: GUEST,21st Century Bluesman
15-Nov-10 - 02:56 PM
Thread Name: Moulettes - not folk say gatekeepers
Subject: RE: Moulettes – not folk say gatekeepers
MOJO – "Auspicious debut from prog-folk quintet...complex and beautiful...intriguing and unique"
Daily Mirror – "A tastefully contrived blend of lacy chamber folk, racy cabaret and siren blues songs."
Independent – "Moulettes are an oddity even among the diverse ranks of the new folk boom, with the constant presence of Ruth Skipper's bassoon giving their sound a little of the flavour of 1970s early-music chamber-folkies Gryphon."
"The most ambitious folk album you'll hear all year" www.extremelisteningmode.com
"Bucking the trend for po-faced tweeness that characterises so much new folk based music, The Moulettes offer an appealing combination of quirky instrumentation and darkly comic fun." www.quietus.com
But these aren't from 'Folk' music publications or by 'specialist' journalists so whadda they know ;-)
And yes, they've been compared to Pentangle, Jethro Tull, Comus, Fairports, Unthanks. All 'folk' to a greater or lesser extent.
They may not be as folk as Bellowhead, but they're certainly more folk than Mumford & Sons. They sing in resolutely English accents; there's nary an electric guitar to be heard; the violin and cello play some distinctly English folk, Celtic, Balkan, Appalachian lines; lyrical matters often have archaic settings and could be described as ballads or story-telling songs; while the melodies and harmonies often have a folky modality.
Finally, they are still in their mid-twenties and the three core members have been playing together since 2002, well before the "new folk boom". They are certainly not bandwagon-jumpers. Just because they're not called Copper or Waterson or McCarthy doesn't mean they don't have a genuine love of folk music traditions.
This video to me sums up what a rollicking, modern folk-art-prog-swing-band should sound like. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikdPbUotIKo