I don’t like folk music in general. There is something limiting, confining in it. All those traditions and stories, I can not relate to them. Having said that, I must admit there’s quite a difference between let’s say USA country music and European one. I guess it has something to do with the amazing European history and traditions and the lack of these things in less “old” countries, less self-defined. But enough bragging about old vs. young and enough history lessons. We’ re here to talk about music. And even in the vast genre of Folk music – among all the mud and dirt there is occasionally a goldmine to be found. Yeah, the pun is intended as always and we’re talking about the Irish band I Draw Slow and the song Goldmine. Which drew me to them. Slowly.
Now, there are finer and more original bands on the Irish folk scene, and there are surely much more successful ones, but it’s that little something that makes a band special. The little thrill, the undefined feeling that what you’re listening is familiar and original at the same time. That it leads you into the comfort zone – your own personal soft sofa with a table and a cocktail and maybe a nice book. Few artists can do that. At least for me – I always tend to listen too hard, try to understand the meaning, the concept, the ideas and motivation behind the music, and that might get a bit tiring. However, when you hear a band like I Draw Slow, you don’t care about those things any more. Yeah, they may be a bit comical and not taking themselves very seriously but that’s the point. There are times when you need the gloomy and insightful lyrics and sounds of Tool for example, and there are other times – times for stress relief and fun. And who says fun music have to be shallow. Because I Draw Slow and Irish music in general is far from that. Don’t get me wrong – they have the right pinch of sorrow and sadness, It’s just the way they sound. Even on their darkest songs, music feels light and not so overwhelming.
I can’t say much more about this band and maybe can’t relate to you with some cleaver metaphors in the early, cold morning, but hey, I’ll be straight – check the band! No matter if you’re at work, or resting, scratching the cat or taking a shower (in one of those music shower boxes). You deserve to let it go for a while – there will be plenty of time for elaborate , sophisticated and multilayer music – I promise. And since this blog in designed not to be genre-dependant, we might get into hip-hop next time! Just kidding, I’ll save it for the April’s fool day. Until then – dig the goldmine, and dig it well!
Artist: I Draw Slow
Album: “Redhills” 2012