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By Beth Hemmings
We all long for those moments of total calm sometimes. When life’s day to day events become day to day struggles and all you want to do is drop everything and book the next available flight to the Bahamas. So when those moments hit you with a flurrying amplitude, how do you shake them? Perhaps you have a happy place within your mind, perhaps you’ll meditate or practice a spot of yoga. Or maybe you’re more like me and find the calm within soothing melodic masterpieces.
Recently, the stress of university has been stacking up as high as the books on my reading list. So I’ve been finding myself searching the farthest scopes of the internet to find my soothing melodic masterpiece- and I think I’ve found it. It lays within the narrative charms of Nottingham’s folk five piece, The Idolins.
What started off as a duo, with Karen Smalley and Claudine West, The Idolins started their musical renditions in 2010. Soon after, current gu
itarist and friend of Karen’s, Nick Scott joined the band. Enabling songwriter Karen to add further dimension to their tracks with the inclusion of male harmony. In 2012,
peppy percussionist Mark Rice was inducted into the band. In the same year, The Idolins then became a fantastic five piece when cellist Hannah Barrs joined the bill.
So far, The Idolins have released two albums: Bridges and You Said that have received a marvelous critical reception. Including air time on BBC Radio 2 and other BBC Introducing channels. Which leads us to our soothing melodic masterpiece- the Idolin’s newest single, Seasons.
From the first enthralling stroke of Nick and Karen’s guitars and the beautiful harmonious violins, Seasons captivates you- ready to throw you into that total space of calm and eclipses any
woes. The adept blend of ear seducing melodies and Karen’s poignant story-telling lyrics is a fantastic demonstration of why the genre of folk is becoming less niche and all the more popular.
In comparison to The Idolin’s previous EP Nothing Missing from album “Bridges” it is evident that Nottingham’s folketes have developed their sound somewhat. Seasons seems to embody more of a vigorous passion and sentiment- which also brilliantly coincides with the gorgeous accompanying music video.
So if Seasons has not yet touched your soul in ways you’d never thought possible of a folk song, it is time to gateway into this vibrant genre and allow the flawlessness of Seasons to let your woes float away with the wind.
Are you like me and are still struggling to feel festive this Christmas? Let me lend a helping hand- tune into my Feel Good Hour Christmas Special for some non- mainstream Christmas tracks that will be sure to get you in the mood!