Monday, September 20, 2021

Full Length Review: Plum Green "Somnambulistic" (Nefarious Industries) by Corban Skipwith

Band: Plum Green
Location: Melbourne
Country: Australia
Genre: Atmospheric folk
Full Length: Somnambulistic
Format: Digital album, limited edition 12” vinyl
Label: Nefarious Industries
Release date: September 17, 2021
If I said it once, I’ll say it a thousand times more. Nothing can beat a solid Folk album and this album.
Is honestly one of the best I’ve ever heard and that’s saying a lot.
-Somnambulistic by Plum Green
So this is the latest released by the Folk group came out a day after my birthday in fact! With 9 tracks to go through this is truly a unique experience.
What I love about Folk is that just like any other genre there can be many interpretations of the sound presented.
For example you have Ed Sheeran who plays to a more mainstream Folk appeal blending Pop and Folk together to make his music.
You have Taylor Swift in her latest music following the same pattern but with more acoustic sounds added.
There’s Artists like Joanna Newsom and Richard Dawson who create the most authentic and medieval equivalent of
the genre with classic instruments such as the harp and acoustic strings.
To me this album has combined the raw, folk aesthetic with a more ambient, aura driven experience!
When I was thinking what I could possibly compare this to all that came to mind was Björk and her album ‘Vespertine’ in which she used only the most soft spoken and elegant of sounds and instrumentation to present her message.
I feel the same here, the production is just absolutely breathtaking! It’s the sonic equivalent of sleeping on a field during a perfect day with wind blowing and the sun beaming, I honestly was struggling to stay awake during this album because it was so relaxing.
Any stress you think you might have had prior to listening to this will be gone by the end I can promise you that, it’s soothing, smooth and soul inducing all in one.
The vocal harmonies remind me a lot of Sade and her album ‘Love Deluxe’ with those strong yet delicate chords and pitches, it sounds as if she doesn’t come from earth, like she’s a mysterious interstellar foreigner come to grace us with sounds from a different world, one a lot more calm then earth.
The whole time I was listening I just felt so infused and pulled in by the music, it was if I had stepped into another world where I didn’t have any problems or worries, just the glorious challenge of listening to the presentation that is your world for the next 35-40 minutes.
I really REALLY recommend this album to anyone and everyone! It’s perfect for when you’re stressed or just for anyone looking for something unique and different.
As someone who is passionate and biased about my Folk and how it’s presented I can tell you I meant what I said above about this being an excellent album, please just take my word for it and give it a try! –Corban Skipwith

Track list:
1. Raspberry Vine
2. Eyes Shut
3. White Kitten
4. Grave Snuggler
5. People of the Snow
6. Walk Against The Wind
7. Moon of Honey
8. Here We Go
9. Belleza Nocturna

This review can also be read at Corban Skipwith's Facebook group Relentless Reviews with Corbz. -DW

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