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Their music has always been seeped in soulfulness and melody, and driven by an elegant dynamic which lends itself to such a rendering, and it is a reimagining which keeps the beauty of the songs front and centre but just dresses them in more exquisite musical trappings.
What is great is that you get the best of both worlds, new, stripped back sonic journeys but ones which are built on the same creative pulse, musical references and progressive world view as Karda Estra.
By and large theirs is a soothing and soulful take on the genre, restrained and delicate and the gently sweeping violins and lilting banjo’s touch on pastoral bluegrass and bucolic folk as much as they do the traditional country music building blocks.
March is a lovely piece, all drama and astute dynamics, mixing angularity with rich vocal harmony, intimate lyrical connections with strident guitars and sweeping string sections.
is a manic, genre-bluring collection of retro-futuristic songs, in that it sounds like what the 21st centuary might sound like in the imagination of an early eighties post-punker, one who had grown bored with blues-based, three chord guitar possibilities and had rewired some broken keyboards and bent them to their will.
Personally I love the fact that it tips its hat at so many of my favourite artists. Listen to Rhapsody In The Rain and you can’t fail to hear Neil Finn, Chance reminds us of the fragile beauty of Nick Drake and Willow Way is Simon and Garfunkel had they spent their time hanging around The Cotswolds rather than writing modern mythologies for New York City.
Thomas Abban is a mystic, a weaver of dreams and imagination, but then being a Welsh-Ghanaian relocating to Minneappolis means that a complex array of cultural ideas and traditions have been absorbed in his mere twenty-one years.
This is folk music in the traditional sense but also folk music for the future, music which will appeal to the generation of cool kids who have been turned on to the genre by a whole host of indie crossover bands, but which will also keep the traditionalists happy.
Like I say, the best music is found in a place that has no need for pigeon-holes and labels, and 1921 seem only to use that place as a base camp as they strike out even further to explore new sonic realms
The fact that Ben Brookes has managed to not only capture all of that on his debut album but present a suite of songs which passes the ear like a career spanning retrospective or best of collection only makes you wonder what the hell is he going to do next!