Cherbourg, Jay Jay Pistolet and Laura Marling (plus some praise for Mumford and Sons)

This is autumn, slipping on wet leafs, drowning in rain and melancholy, sun for not more than 3 hours a day (if the clouds don’t veil even that little bit of light) and colds all around the city. Fortunately, this time of the year does not only enhance our sadness but also our attention towards those quiet bands that don’t make us dance or cheer but sound like fairy tales of dark forests, deep lakes and dangerous creatures. So this blog is about them. This will be folky, I tell you that. But in my book, folky is good and gets better and better.

Before we start, please let me remind you of this one band I wrote about months ago –

Mumford and Sons!

They are still my most favourite new band of this year and I dearly hope that I’ll see them live one day. I still can’t believe how I survived the last 23 years without them.

Banjolin Song (the sound is a bit off at times but it’s a hell of a song)

Jay Jay Pistolet

This do we need – more songwriters, more acoustic guitars and mouths with messages. And no wonder Jay Jay Pistolet is one of them, befriended with the epic Mumford and Sons he has to be a touching songwriter with a heart-stabbing voice and songs that carry a nearly religious meaning to them. It seems as if British folk that usually gets played in small Pubs in even smaller villages finally is on it’s way back to the radio. And with precursors like Jay Jay Pistolet it probably will make it.

By the way, it’s called Nu Folk but I won’t call it that because “Nu-somethingsomething” always turns into something bad after six months of hype and I don’t want that to happen to this kind of music.

We are free


And this we need. Dark and brooding music that still gives hope and feels slightly gothic but not quite. Like Fleet Foxes who got trapped in a dark cave. Folk without the jolly. Cherbourg was the French city that was a hideout for German troops and finally got invaded 1944 by the Allied Forces. And this is how they sound. The rhythm of their song “Horses” (which unfortunately is the only on on myspace) reminds of military drums, the chorus of tired men who can’t but have to fight. It’s only one song but that is enough to know that this band is bound to be grand.

(edit, 7.6.2009) Finally, a video and to one of my favourite songs “Man”

Careful, don’t listen to that one if you are in a bad mood, it’s too good.

Laura Marling

And this we need. Ok, she is not so super fresh and new (her album came out one year ago) but she sounds that way. It’s amazing how diverse this women is, “Night Terror” is a creepy song that reminds of Bat For Lashes, while “Ghosts” is the cutest thing ever. “My manic and I” is simply overwhelming. She can mix folk, songwriting and opulent melodies into songs that ooze with drama but keep their modesty. And it is quite interesting how unique her sound is, although she has so many styles on this one album. She definitely is one of the great new female songwriters.

My Manic and I


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