Reviews:: Folly & The Hunter Residents

Folly and the Hunter may live amongst the bustle of Montreal, moving freely amongst the culture, food and love that gives the city its unique pulse, but their sound feels like it was born kilometers from the thumping percussion of the anthemic epicenter of the city. On name alone, you’d assume their debut LP Residents, is a love letter to their home, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth.


The trio - Nick Vallee, Lauri-A Torres, and Christopher Fox - crafts layered folk songs that surge forward with freedom, striding over hurdles like a young Edwin Moses. These songs are nomadic, traveling freely from city to city and home to home, sharing emotion with anyone they happen to meet. They are made to inspire.


For every tender moment - like the harmonious, string laden, finger picked “Chasing Trains” or “Traffic”, either of which could easily show up on countless TV dramas - the trio supplements the experience with drum crashes, banjo, harmonies and meticulously crafted arrangements determined to soar. The choir of voices that opens the record gently floats away, giving way to a a simple, but well executed post-rock inspired surge of piano, acoustic and cymbal washes. The trio may not be the first to experiment with organic collages of sound, but the patient crescendos are incredibly ear pleasing. Amazingly, considering this effort was self-produced and self-released, that spot-on execution of sound flows through the entire record and that consistent quality is the band’s biggest success.


Taken in isolation, you can hear modern peers when you listen to Folly & The Hunter. Residents hints at the percussion and controlled pacing of The National and the chilling slow moving crescendo of Sigur Ros, but unquestionably the band is crafting a sound all their own. Banjo and gentle picks push their sound out of the crowded city, and a sense of whimsy (“Sur Jeanne Mance”) and an optimistic undertone challenge the apathy of youth. Throw in piano, harp and steel - delivered by studio mate Brad Barr - on the beautiful “Snowfields” and the country-ish “Revolution Drums” and you start to understand how remarkable this debut LP truly is.

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One Response to “Reviews:: Folly & The Hunter Residents”

Lee April 19th, 2011 at 11:56 am

truly an amazing debut.

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