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Thread #143905   Message #3325055
Posted By: Jack Campin
19-Mar-12 - 07:32 AM
Thread Name: Guardian on 'Shuffle Folk', 'Weirdlore'
Subject: RE: Guardian on 'Shuffle Folk', 'Weirdlore'
What I had in mind with the comparison to Meredith Monk was the vocal technique. Monk and her collaborators push their voices as far as they can go, putting a tremendous amount of work into getting new sounds out of them. Nothing I've heard on that Weirdlore site has anybody taking vocal risks - nothing like a typical blues singer either, for that matter.

Understatement is fine if it's part of a repertoire that ranges through statement to overstatement. None of the singers I've heard on that site seem *capable* of erring on the side of melodrama. Compared with Monk, it's all trite and lazy.

Another one from that site: Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell. That's just plain gutless. What are we supposed to hear as "weird" about it? Didn't make it to the end of any of their sample tracks before I needed something to clean my ears out with: Anne Briggs and Richie Havens.