The F Spot - Femmes Fatales
Folkstock have pulled off quite a coup with the highly respected Peggy Seeger taking part and opening the second of the Femmes Fatales albums from the burgeoning stable of folk fillies.
Seeger is not an easy act to follow, but Roxanne De Bastion pulls it off with her childlike voice on Butterfly which, on occasion, strangely morphs into sounding not dissimilar to Sinead O'Connor. De Bastion does have a distinctive way of performing where, at times, she is almost reciting the lyrics rather than singing them.
She gives way to the much bolder and sharper sound of Zoe Wren with A Moment's Madness. She has a very sixties-style of folk singing which manages to keep that contemporary, fresh and now feel.
Marina Florance is securely rooted in the country side of folk and without doubt has the magic touch when it comes to lyrics. On this occasion they are gentle floated out before they stick in your heart like fishing barbs. The Path He Chose is going to be responsible for a lot of lumps in the throats and a lot of tear-filled eyes.You have to face it Florance is a class act.
If you put Minnie Birch on a rock in a shipping lane the naval population would plummet. Castles is a gorgeous song - sung with her gorgeous, molten chocolate voice.
When it comes to Kaity Rae her singing is a little more sultry, smokier and there are times during It Is she sounds uncannily like Eva Cassidy.
Another great find of the Folkstock fillies is the highly-refined voice of Daria Kulesh, who is the Ferrero Rocher of the album. Fake Wonderland is a track from her solo album Eternal Child and when she sings she has this ominous timbre to her voice, almost as if you could be in serious trouble if you don't listen to what she's singing, and even deeper trouble if you do listen to it. Next to Seeger, Maz O'Connor is probably the most widely known of the artists on the album. Her simple and rhythmic strumming on the guitar gives a strong backing to her gentle voice on The Mississippi Woman.
There isn't a weak track on this album and if there is a better album around to encompass the ideals of IWD then it would be interesting to know what it is.
Judging by this and the last album from the Femmes Fatales stable then you have to face the fact, all the fillies are thoroughbreds.
The F Spot - Femmes Fatales(II) is released on March 8 and available from the Folkstock website.