IN THE SERVICE OF SPRING
Phoenix like, Dusken Lights have arisen from the ashes of two well remembered (for all the right reasons) bands, being The Cannanes and Rabbits Wedding.
Paul O Watling has gathered his cohorts together and Francesca Bussey, Philip Rawlinson and Alex Salter are now Dusken Lights, a band full of lush harmonies, rich production and sometimes dark meanderings.
Unlike many of their contemporaries, there are no fillers on this album – not a cavity in sight!
Opening with Superman, Wondergirl the band have performed a track that Simon and Garfunkle would have been proud to have recorded back in those heady days of folk, folk rock and all of its sideshoots. To place the band in the indie/alternative folk genre is a bit of a misnomer as this band are purely expanding folk as many have done before, except they are taking it further; folk, like the English language, is an ever evolving entity and Dusken Lights are proving to be maestros within this field.
Immerse yourself in the lyrical content of IN THE SERVICE OF SPRING and let the melody flow around you; Sun Above might seem dark, but it is not bleak, a mistake often made by other composers. It is musically tight and full of sound phraseology.
Mother Nature Wants Him Dead is, in its own way, a protest song but does not immediately hit you as one; ‘Now the wind carries a message-mother nature wants him dead’; beautifully phrased, immaculately sung and played with a message for us all. Minstrels of olden days often carried songs around the country with them, full of stories such as this and more; these are tales we should all listen to, but will we?
Dusken Lights traverse the folk field and follow in the steps of Guthrie, Seeger, Baez, Pentangle, Dylan and Donovan gradually moving and nudging the genre into new areas; areas that we might seem familiar with but which upon listening are new, exciting and poignantly relevant.
There’s more, but you need to purchase this album now and it does not matter if you are not a folk aficionado as Dusken Lights will aurally accompany you into realms anew.
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