Cult Of Youth ~ Filthy Plumage In An Open Sea! 2010 posted by FRANKKUBB
This release is fucking amazing!
For fans of NON/Boyd Rice,Death In June,Scorpion Wind,Der Blutharsch..Neo Folk in general *this post was grabbed from no beast so fierce blog;
Cult Of Youth hails fr. Brooklyn, New York.
Found this review on the web and it's just: Obliquely chronicling one man’s overcoming of darkness, Cult of Youth’s new 20 minute long vinyl outing is a concise and powerful statement of kickass dark-folk intent.
The acoustic guitars hit like uppercuts, the bass growls and roars, the percussion pummels and sways. There’s a powerful spirit of resolve binding these songs together, a firmed up jaw line, a militant aspiration to positive overcoming: “we submit to our fears for no man!”
Yet there’s also a swagger and a sway, with almost Latin feels flowing through the folk-punk aggression. At times the arrangements – which include piano, horns, and some pretty wild electric guitar – get pretty complex, opening up fields of voices, though always with a decisive sense of direction. This is the hard core end of folk, yet at the same time it grooves: body music par excellence.
Of course rising over the instrumentation are some very unique vocals. Masculine and raw, often veering south of in tune yet never grating, there’s a distilled honesty and vulnerability to the singer’s performance: this sort of deep intensity simply cannot be faked. The choruses of voices that appear at times evoke an almost tribal atmosphere.
This is definitely folk music, but being flecked as it is with a gritty urban atmosphere I would plot it almost at the punk (I mean the real, original punk) end of the musical spectrum. As such it might not appeal to the listener looking for a hit of yesteryear nostalgia, but it sure will catch the attention for anyone with an ear for original, raw, powerful, and artfully composed music.
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