Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Christian Kiefer & Sharon Kraus "The Black Dove" (2006)
It seems like the phrases "indie folk" or "alternative folk" are thrown about quite often in the last few years. "The Black Dove" is a great example of what (I think) those people are talking about. It's a concept record. At its core there are beds of ambient sound & deconstructed folk songs. From this bed, traditional material emerges. Kiefer seems to be responsible for the more modern sounds, while Kraus handles the traditional. Despite its conceptual underpinings, it seems to be quite uneven to my ears. Kraus' traditional material works, but I'm not so sure about the rest.