Friday, July 15, 2011
Bad Braids - Arrow and Orb EP (2011)
Band: Bad Braids
Country: Brooklyn, New York
Style: Psychedelic Folk
Label: Music Ruins Lives
Continuing with the recent trend of some more experimental music reviews, here comes some experimental folk music. The solo project of a one Megan Biscieglia, I'm sure this is anything but average. With this debut release, I'm hopeful that this will prove to be a very interesting listen.
I know folk is a pretty relative term, but with this little EP, what we have here is a nice assortment of reverby, country-tinged folk music. This isn't really over the top or really intricate, but it's well written, with a nice assortment of instruments. Unlike that Plankton Wat album, this is not just guitar, keyboards, and vocals, on the contrary, there's quite a bit of additional instrumentation on here, use of lap steel guitar, I's Honey, or piano, Upward, Onward, Deep Into The Night. Even at it's most stripped down and simplistic, Sans Ben (Hail! Hail! The Benji! Speak to Me Oh Wonderball!), this thing still manages to turn out a great song, something that surprisingly doesn't happen in folk music. As for Biscieglia's voice, it's nice and rich sounding on here, but still maintains that sort of fragile nature to it that makes it feel emotional.
I actually really enjoyed this, I didn't think it'd turn out as well as it did, definitely something both interesting and memorable. This is a great start to what is hopefully a successful career for Biscieglia. Check this out if you're into folk, country, or singer-songwriter stuff, you won't be disappointed.
Overall Score: 7.5
Highlights: When My Darling Turns to Dust (Part II & III), Sans Ben (Hail! Hail! The Benji! Speak to Me Oh Wonderball!)