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    Posted: January 28 2009 at 06:09
Has anyone discussed this group here yet?

I'm listening to their first album right now for the sixth or so time and the more I hear it the more I think they might be appropriate for inclusion in Prog-Folk.

They're not an easy band to pigeon-hole. The overriding sound might be what some refer to as "classical" (though orchestral would be a better term) but their use of complex arrangements, electric organ and suchlike gives them more than a whiff of progginess, to my ears at least.

They've got a myspace, but it doesn't include my favourite track from the first album (I really must get their new one soon to see how their sound's developed) which is the glorious "Chimes". I'd urge people to try listening to that song first as I think it best encompasses everything the band is capable of - unusual chord progressions, slowly twisting arrangements, alienating dissonance that seeps into pure folk-tinged beauty... It's good stuff!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 29 2009 at 16:18
Ah c'mon somebody! They're worth a little discussion, surely?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 29 2009 at 16:35
I'm listening to the myspace page now --> www.myspace.com/northsearadioorchestra
Here's the band website:
nsro.co.uk

Just started listening: Going out shortly, but will just say that I love the music.  Edit: back for a bit.

Here's "End of Chimes" on youtube:



Lots of youtube clips.







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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 29 2009 at 17:30
Ah yes... that's a lovely video (directed by Tim Smith from Cardiacs, fact fans!) of the concluding "song" part of the track I mentioned above. On the album there's a good seven minutes of instrumental meandering that precedes it. It's nice on its own too, mind, and the video's wonderful. The shy little smiles at the end are so endearing!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 30 2009 at 01:19
Very refreshing viewing, thanks for highlighting them. I need to listen to them a lot more but as you say extremely hard to pigeon -hole. Avant at times for sure and great orchestral arrangements...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 30 2009 at 08:33
Yeah, there's definitely touches of avant there but they'd be an uncomfortable fit in that category, IMO. I honestly think prog folk would suit them best were they to be included in the archives.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 30 2009 at 16:07
It has some Nu-Folk connection and Nu-Folk is experimental and has "classical" elements.  From what I heard I was doubtful about it for a Prog category (Prog Folk or otherwise), but would really need to take the time to listen to more.  I certainly do like the music very much.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 30 2009 at 16:30
Originally posted by Logan

Nu-Folk


What a horrible phrase! DeadDead

I'm not certain about including them myself. I simply wanted to get a discussion going, really. I'd suggest seeking out their first album (or perhaps their second but, as I say, I've not heard that one yet) and giving it a thorough listen before making any decisions. I've heard it several times now and some tracks strike me as being highly progressive (in every sense) whilst others owe more to straight-up folk and even pop. They're a REALLY tricky one!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 30 2009 at 17:01
Haha.  I guess while you were gone you might've missed the NuJazz and NuProg discussions.   I've considered going on a nuCrusade for a NuFolk category after discussion  about a NuFolk band called Gae Bolg which I'd suggested for inclusion.  NSRO had a track released on a NuFolk compilation. NuFolk, while well-established, just doesn't have the same ring to it as Nu Folk-Metal. ;)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2009 at 01:08
You'll need some NUTriments after that mouthfulSmile
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