Cultivating great musical taste

Song of the Day: Fields of June by Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo Featuring Frank Turner

I only first heard this the other day, which is why I love WordPress so much, it can introduce you to some really good music. I’ve heard of Frank Turner, he seems to be making a pretty big splash lately, but I’ve never heard of Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo and they’re pretty awesome. Especially with Fields of June.

It’s another angry track, but with a wonderful folksy touch. I’m really into folk music at the moment, there’s something about it that makes it so much better than all the rest and I think it’s the sincerity of the lyrics. With folk music the lyrics are easy to believe and relate to yet with other songs they’re easily changed and swamped by the music, which takes away all meaning.

There’s an intensity to this track that comes in at the very beginning and it just swells up and up and then deflates slightly towards the end. It is a well executed song and everything adds to the mood of it. I love that it switches from male to female vocals and then when they do sing together the harmonies fit well together, and at the times when it’s a little discordant it doesn’t matter, because adds to the strife that becomes so apparent in the song.

It’s kind of like Fairytale of New York  but without the Irish twang nor the slight chrismassy feel.

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