It’s almost too easy to fall inline when it comes to crafting a sonic tapestry in today’s folk scene. The same chords and metaphors are shared freely in the public domain, with artists afraid that any deviation is at best a risk, and more often than not, a death sentence.
For Halifax based noise folker Nick Everett – with help from Adam White and Scott Boudreau – fitting a common sound is of little concern. The trio finds comfort in new textures, adding distortion, the comforting sound of spun bicycle spokes and percussive noisemakers to finish melodies.
On his stellar debut EP, Everett’s songs floated beautifully; a mix of Tom Brosseau’s vocal stylings and Teitur’s airy melodies. Nick could have easily stayed in that space and found comfort in the welcoming arms of the CBC crowd (and there are moments on elsethings that do), but instead he and his band took an abrupt turn.
elsethings explores new terrain and offers few soft edges. “i try” uses choral like vocals and “aim” and “hark” want to stretch their wings, but the trio is delightfully abrasiveness and leaves the end results messy and raw. Before, Everett flew freely, now, he boldly jumps without the safety of a net.
Great, great stuff.