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- Folie Sacree by Chicaloyoh
6/10 Clinton Staff review, 13 September 2013
Musically this is the kind of dark, freaky folk music that first emerged from the likes of Nico in the '70s with her superb ‘Marble Index’ and ‘Desertshore’ albums.
Opening track ‘A Man in a Street’ is notable though for a comedy french accent worthy of Officer Crabtree in ‘Allo 'Allo. It's bleak, bleak, surly European goth noir and throughout its tone of paranoia-wrecked euro-misery sends the listener into a spiralling depression. One that I hope to escape from with a nice slice of gouda and a packet of cream puffs.
9/10 Phil Johnson Customer review, 17th November 2013
Your review is very harsh & dismissive.
Not all music is for light cream puff entertainment. Such records dismissed in a similar fashion would be Lou Reeds Berlin, or Joy Division's Closer, these were all slated on release. I thought that Lou Reed had taught us that the intelligence in books and film can also be in music, and why exploring dark themes can be dismissed so easily is shocking in 2013. Chicaloyoh's LP is startling and scary, it deposits the listener into an unpleasant world, with wonderful percussion and sparse retro keyboard. Chicaloyoh is a one off, like Tom Waits or Joanna Newsom, at times derided but at some point everyone will "get it" eventually.
A modern day classic - don't miss it
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