What people look for in music is as interesting as it’s varied. Me? I look to be energised. I like to bounce around (even if it’s just in my head) and let off steam. I like music to be loud and extrovert.
I don’t like ‘Folk’ music. (I may have possibly mentioned that before?)
Others like the opposite. They enjoy introspective and reflective music. They positively thrive in the reassurance that some person they have more than likely never met, and never will, has been through personal traumas as bad as or worse than they themselves have experienced.
They actually like ‘Folk’ music!
Well – ‘Arctic’ may not exactly be considered as pure ‘Folk’ but there are definitely folky influences coming to bear. Married with a sort of generic ‘Indie’ feel, this album is the new release from I’M KINGFISHER, the new solo alias of Swedish ‘indie / folk’ artist, Thomas Denver Jonsson. (See! I was right!)
So – you’ll have guessed by now that this is not my kind of music at all … and that I’m waffling; trying to find something good to say.
As it happens, I can’t find anything bad to say either, as I really have no right to comment or pass judgement, because I simply don’t have any valid reference points. It’s a pleasant album – slightly maudlin in places, downbeat in others and strangely uplifting in others. Some tracks build in a brass section that give body to the track and most track titles incorporate references to animals and wildlife in general giving it the feel of a ‘concept’ album.
Several broadsheets have been lavish in their praise of I’M KINGFISHER and Thomas has been quoted as being one of Sweden’s six most important pop acts …. ever!
So who am I to say owt?
(Released through Playground Music on 10th October 2011)
(6.5 / 10)