Monday, October 17, 2016

Seuora – The OddBeats (2014)

  • Vaudeville 
  • Balkan music 
  • Art rock 
  • Blues 
  • Music hall 
  • Avant-folk 
  • Cabaret 
  • Crossover 
  • Comedy 
  • Dark folk

Comment: the US-based imprint Death Roots Syndicate keeps having impact upon me because it surprises with its twists in its discography. Recently I commented about an Italian dark folk/neofolk/apocalyptic folk/neoclassical project L'ira dell'Agnello`s Coprofonia (2014). Seuora is a disparate turn because of coming from Finland and making music with a tongue-in-cheek attitude because of incorporating different styles such as vaudeville/music hall, Gypsy music, and cabaret with roots-driven styles as blues, bluegrass, and folk in an amusing way though involving more murky elements as well (at 34512, for instance). Indeed, it is a hellish crossover issue of a musical direction of which the most famous representative is Tom Waits undoubtedly having its roots both in the Beatniks, 20th century beginning Dadaist movement and delta blues, Romani culture, and music hall. However, you could not underestimate the influence of contemporary and past Finnish underground music being the most potential and intriguing in the Scandinavian peninsula (for instance, the so-called forest folk/New Weird Finland movement, Erkki Kurenniemi, M.A. Numminen, Pekka Airaksinen, Keuhkot, Pan Sonic, Vladislav Delay etc). Before the quartet was conceived some members played in such group as Northern Antarctican Non-Flying Flying Circus where they played a similar sort of music. Their handwriting implicates to an organic connection between the storytelling, and a musical backup, between saying yes to our withering life from one`s egoistic perspective and then revealing more misanthropic tendencies and appeal towards the darkness and evil. In a word, the result is highly striking embracing 10 compositions within a span of 33 minutes.
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