Last year, around February, I bought Laura Marling‘s excellent Song Box edition of her album ‘Alas I Cannot Swim’ – yes, I bought an actual CD. I know. How delightfully 20th Century of me – anyway, I bought it because it is a beautiful thing to behold with lots of interesting games and trinkets ashlongside [sic] a ticket to her gig in the Union Chapel in East London.
As they were, at that time, sounds quite different to how they sound now. All of the songs on their Myspace have since changed, been updated or dropped.
I was not a happy folker. To say the least.
I thought that what was once a subtle, humble and earnest band had been over-produced and become ostentatious [though, really their subject matter and folk form is easily still far from most others ostentatiousness] through the simplest of things, the introduction of too much sound. Too many instruments seemed to clutter the rage, melancholy and violent pain that was evident when I first saw them.
It seems that they may ahve got the balance right with this new single [below] but I’ll wait on more new stuff to see.