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VARDØGER

Folque

 

Prog Folk

2.43 | 14 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
2 stars Gosh !! Memories comes flooding back.

When I am listening to this band, and in particular the female vocals, I am brought back to the 1970s and the music scene most people want to forget. The Progg scene. Not Prog. Progg !

... Beginning of a rant. Progg is a codeword for Stalinist/leftist folk music where every word was shouted out like thunder by some non-smiling bands who sang the virtues of a classless stalinist paradise. The music was pretty dire. But it was only there to spread the message. To my knowledge, Folque was not a part of that scene. But the music is pretty similar because all American influences was banned in their stalinist world. .......End of rant.

Folque blends in bluegrass into their Norwegian folk music and rocks it up with country & western. That's why I would not call their music folk rock....... well, maybe it is folk rock. They use bass, flute, guitars, drums and traditional harding fiddle (one of the Norwegian weapons of mass destruction). The vocals here, and in particular the annoying female vocals, is more bombastic than melodic. Which is the traditional Norwegian way of singing folk music. Which reminds me why I dislike this music so much. Check out the difference between Folque and for example Iona and you will get my point. The vocalist in Iona is singing the words. The female vocalist in Folque is shouting the words.

The songs here is a mix of Norwegian folk music, country & western and bluegrass. The progressive element is hidden well out of sight. The quality is reasonable good. There is no good songs here though. I call it a mediocre album. In short; I do not like it. It has not aged well too. It has not aged well too. But if you are looking for a good Norwegian folk rock album, this is a good choice. But it ain't prog.

2 stars.

toroddfuglesteg | 2/5 |

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