The FLK might, potentially, be The KLF resurrected for a new age, but whatever the identity of those behind the project, the spirit of disruptive pseudo-pop is certainly alive on Mummers. Plenty of fun, dark, oddity lurking here. MuMusic present this vinyl package along with 3 tarot cards, 3 stickers and a postcard
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The FLK are a mysterious folk duo who are most likely not the KLF but their anonymous image and situationist ideas have led many to suspect that Drummond and co have to have something to do with them. What they appear to do is borrow (i.e. steal) bits from folk music's past and make something new with it. You suspect that if this came out under a normal band name then interest in it would be lessened. Marketing makes the world go round baby.
That’s not to say the music is bad….there is plenty of interest here and although the voiceover on ’The Butcher Boys’ brings back queasy thoughts of Public Broadcasting, ‘Cuckoo’ is rather lovely sounding not unlike a Portishead relocated to the countryside with time not on their radar. ‘Joy of my Heart’ has a similarly eerie sound - I’d like more character in the vocals (thats why we worship at the feet of Gibbons and co) but the squelching synths provide a bedrock for the folky melodies. ’Troubadour’ has lighter textures and is a pretty gorgeous summery potential anthem with the kind of gospel-ish chorus you could imagine bothering some airwave or other.
To put it simply, the FLK relocate folk-like structures to danceable, atmospheric electronica and are rather good at it.
9/10 Simon Customer review, 15th February 2016This really is worth a listen. It's not folk (not that that's a good or bad thing), but I'm not totally sure what it is. Electronic beats and a variety of vocalist, it's certainly interesting. As for the KLF connection - I'm going to go for yes. I had a good listen to the White Room on a long drive over the weekend and there is a very similar feel to the two albums - and one of the tracks is called "Thyme Is Love"! At the very least it's a homage to the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu. It's very much one of those records where the vocals are added to the music: think The Orb's Fluffy White Clouds or even The Avalanches. As per the staff review above a couple of bits are a bit PSB as well - but I like PSB! I'm properly loving it to be honest. I keep taking other records off half way through to put this on. My only slight niggle is that the LP doesn't come with a CD or download as I'd like to listen in the car as well... think I'll have to buy the CD as well.
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