Introducing: EskwireD | Top Pick #1: Folklore by Opeth

And another fantastic writer joins our ranks. Welcome Scott, known as EskwireD. Here’s one of the features he’ll be bringing to The Harmony, his Tracks Of The Day. EskwireD’s tastes are broad – from electronic to metal to experimental, his Top Pick’s will showcase a wide range of musical styles. Check back often to see what EskwireD recommends, and as always, click the Follow button – to ensure you always find new music, for any circumstance life may throw you in.

Track: Folklore
Artist: Opeth
Album: Heritage (2011)
Genre: Progressive Metal

A departure from previous Opeth albums and met with skepticism from fans, Heritage does not disappoint. It is a solid album. For those uninformed, Opeth’s latest does not contain any death growls, a significant and staple component of their style. This decision does not detract, but allows Opeth’s unique style to be captured from a fresh perspective.  Cast away your doubts and check out “Folklore”.

“Folklore” starts off with an acoustic guitar introduction in the style of a traditional march, followed by a similarly flavoured blues-like progression. Smooth guitar can be heard overhead. At this point, a smooth, but mysterious atmosphere is established until Akerfeldt creeps in. His voice is unsettling at first, but grows in intensity and power – then dips again, providing a taste of what’s to come. After some time,  the malevolent organ comes again, building more intensity, but before too much, we are reprieved by a pleasant classical guitar solo. Piano chimes in from the distance, followed by a motivating bass line. It is not time to move forward yet, however, as the bass makes way for the guitar. There is a solo until the cavalry of instruments arrive in the motivating style precedented by the bass. A guitar solo rides the wave of forward momentum generated, radiating a feeling of confidence and determination into the distance. Akerfeldt’s, soft, yet uplifting voice is heard one last time before we are left behind, all of the sounds moving onward. It is a very good listen. I recommend it to everyone. The atmosphere, guitar work, positive energy, and brilliant musicality are sure to be appreciated. “Folklore” is an uplifting journey punctuated by appropriate feelings of uneasiness and insecurity that resolve with a feeling of hopeful determination.

-EskwireD

Didn’t fancy what you heard? Keep checking back! I’m going to be covering a large variety of music during my time here on The Harmony, so I’m bound to feature something you’d like. If a song seems unfamiliar or unconventional to you, I suggest giving it a try anyways. You’d be surprised what you can learn to like if you have an open mind!
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