Every now and then, something that stands out from the crowd drops into the Leeds Music Scene inbox; something that makes you stop and raise your eyebrows. This is exactly what happened when the Salvation EP by Leeds four piece Fold, dropped in my mail. A collaborative project with Mr Gee, a well known spoken word artist and radio presenter, Fold have produced this rather interesting EP.
I am already a fan of spoken word, so the combination of the textured rhythms adds a new dimension to this art form. With each subsequent listen, the strength of the velvety soft vocal shines through, against the cleverly constructed backdrop, that draws you in.
It has a discreet funky undertone and the balance between words and music is powerful in its entirety. For those who don't venture too far away from the charts, think the spoken bits through Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' - Same Love.
Labelled as trip-hop, It is more accessible (and cleaner in its language) than hip-hop; their message is not about 'bitches and bling', but topical discussions with an intelligent political undertone. Eloquently it touches on observations of lifes daily struggles, 'A Victim's Mentality', is particularly indicative of the whole EP's flavour of power and control, Whereas 'Passing strangers', deals with stereotypes and the forgotten stalwarts of todays society.
Fold do not fit in to any pigeonhole, they are not just another mediocre band attempting to make a mark on our current sea of musical banality; they are happily making waves. I am very much looking forward to the live show and for what comes next.
Live show and EP launch 24th October, see the Facebook event for more details.