It’s always vey nice when we get a CD sent to us from overseas, dunno why, just like the look of foreign stamp I guess…
Well this offering that the postman brought has come all the way from Switzerland, Vevey to be precise.
From a band that go by the name of 17f with their album The Boy Who Cried Wolf.
This is the second album from the man known as 17f, can’t say I heard this first offering entitled ‘Tree of Them”, but according to 17f this album is a stark contrast, electronics has been set aside in favour of guitars, flutes, bells or kalimbas whatever one of those is…
17f is led by a gentleman named Frederic Merk, but he does have a little help from his friends. Michael Frei on production, piano and vocals, James Yorkston on vocals, TS Brookers also on vocals and Le Poissons Autistes providing the violloncelle trumpet and other noises. As well as the mastering being done by Nils Frahm.
This album is as chilled as a penguins nackers.
Track 1 is instrumental encompassing birdsong and a wonderful guitar menagerie.
We meander into track 2 where a Leonard Cohen spoken type vocal tells us he is the boy that cried wolf, backed up by a gravelly guitar part taken straight from a buskers pocket at a road side. We then slowly descend into a fading whisper.
Track 3 lead with an ethnic mixture of melodica and kalimba with an equally earthy guitar part yet again.
Track 4 sets in with the whispering man, telling us his tale. A simple backing of syntharp echos the simple vocal line.
There’s fireworks in Track 5, not musically, but literally a recording of fireworks…very apt as the track is called Happy New Year. A stronger vocal line than we’ve heard before then sets in, but only for a second.
Unbedingt is the new track, it uses a sample of the nosferatu movie as it’s base accompanied by trumpet, cello, guitars and glockenpiano. It creates a pretty chilling atmosphere, don’t listen to it alone in the dark I’d suggest.
Track 9 and we return to the monologue styling’s, the words are extremely evocative and though provoking.
This album is not a collection of songs, it’s a sound scape which transports you to a far away land, sit back relax and take it in. It’s a bold move to make an entire album like this, but they’ve pulled it off.
Personally I think this collection is fantastic, I can see some people not getting it, but you can’t please everyone. Definitely please me though, I shall be relentlessly listening to this album for some time to come.
Take a listen!