The latest release by Jurica Jelić marks his third appearance on our modest blog. This EP is a bit of a departure, as Jurica’s vocals, a deep, resonating baritone, gets prominently featured on this release. It’s hard to believe that he’s hitting notes that comparable singers like Michael Gira (Swans, Angels Of Light) could not hope to hit. With a voice like this, I can’t help thinking that he’d appeal to those into neofolk, apocalyptic folk, or gothic music.
Dutch label Seja Records graces us with a magnificent new release by Swedish neofolkers Fatal Casualties. It’s amazing to thing that Stefan Ljungdahl and Ivan Hirvonen have been performing off and on as Fatal Casualties for 30 years now, as the current release is perhaps the freshest, most vibrant music they’ve put out in more than a decade. It’s hard to even consider this neofolk, because it uses so many other genres as a touchstone. One can hear post-punk, goth, dark electronic music, a bit of a soundscape here and there. Ivan’s vocals top the aural cake off beautifully. Kudos to the engineer who managed to balance the sounds perfectly.
This album was released in 2016, but as I came around to it only recently, I’ll gladly consider this a new-ish release. Well worth your time.
Kayno Yesno Slonce are a band based out of Sofia, Bulgaria, who straddle genres so easily that they’re nearly impossible to classify. There is a gentle beauty in the music that reminds me of Bert Jansch or The Incredible String Band, but one can hear elements of Wyrd Folk like Shirley Collins or the more instrumental endeavors of Current 93. For those of you who like neofolk, Balkan music, or something slightly hazy and psychedelic, this album is a stunningly good choice for your ears.
The death of a good friend in Wales keft me feeling stunned at the brevity of life. A bit of somber music is in order, and today’s slice is provided by the Norwegian neofolk band Wardruna.
Never doubt The Swans, even if we’re enduring a tough love.