Saturday, 11 May 2013

Flaming June – Rumpelstiltskin & The Perils & Promises of Womanhood EP

EP review by Marcus Leyton

Fronted by singer-songwriter Louise Hamilton, Flaming June are an award-winning folk four-piece who are looking to continue a stellar run of form with their latest EP. This five-track offering is certainly every bit as strong as their previous output, if not stronger, so it’s well worth a listen. Hamilton's vocal is a distinctive listen, lacking polish but tunefully effective in its off kilter delivery. The message of the lyrics, not obvious on first listen, become more accessible when you know the subtext - Hamilton was a victim, and is a survivor, of domestic violence, and writes about overcoming her aggressor. It makes for a positive message, wrapped in strong, minor key chord patterns.

Musically, traditional folk is the order of the day. There's little here not heard before, but that doesn't make it any less effective; there's a reason the folk genre constantly survives in the face of new trends. It’s timeless. Top tracks include the sparse, piano led 'Heal Me, Believe Me', and EP closer 'Song For The Broken Hearted' which rounds off the positive message of the EP very well with a switch into major chord territory which helps it stand out. The remaining three tracks all have their charms, each displaying Flaming June's ability to turn out a catchy melody.

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