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Folk The System

Folk The System
by: Folk The System

July 29th, 2009 · post by tommy · Make a comment

Upon listening to this CD, I set myself the task of reviewing it without drawing too much attention to the, extremely apparent, similarities with Ghost Mice, but seeing as I’ve already failed in that respect, I may as well divulge that Folk The System play poppy folk-punk in the vein of Ghost Mice and many of their Plan-It-X contemporaries, but I’d stop drastically short of proclaiming this a simple imitation, because this CD is much, much more.

Every song here is an absolute stormer, from the beautifully positive “I’d be happy”, to the upbeat “Take my hand instead”, the wonderfully subtle use of strings in “Always remember” and “Cabins and bear traps” (which is the prettiest song I’ve heard in quite a while). It really is hard to choose a stand out track!

The songs are driven along by pounding double bass lines and choruses that’ll nestle themselves directly at the top of your lungs, ready to be exhaled. “Last night” is the perfect example, with a bass line that never fails to provoke my involuntary jig-reflex and a chorus that I can only hope i get an opportunity to sing along to.

At just 20 minutes, I wish this was longer, but can’t help but falling for its charms slightly more with each listen.

In the true spirit of DIY, they’ve made the whole album available for download, and constructed the packaging out of sandwich bags, this is a stunningly constructed collection of songs.

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