If you call a city home, then you can understand wanting to get away from the noise once in awhile — whether from the place or the people, no matter how much you usually love them. In the same way, I’ve been happily drowning in experimental electronic as of late, but occasionally I’ll come up for air in the form of lovely experimental folk.
“Forces” takes me straight to nature, sitting around a guitar and a crackling fire; raw emotion keeps it burning as Farao sings, “I want to hold you. I want to win… Give me all your affection. I need protection. I need a friend.” The lyrics chronicle her thoughts while struggling through the dissolution of a relationship. The strained strings cry out from time to time, forcing themselves to move along with the steady pace of the drums, while the singer continually resists the inevitable.
This thought process we can all relate to is captured by Norway’s Kari Jahnsen. Although currently touring in the UK, the artist’s debut EP will be recorded in Reykjavik alongside Mike Lindsay of experimental folk band Tunng. We’ll have to wait until April 2013 for the first release, but “Forces” is fortunately available for free download on Farao’s website.