Friday, March 25, 2011

Fulka The Mystery of the Seven Stars album launch at Tings: Fun folks and fun folk

It was Wednesday and it was fun, fun, fun.

Fulka are just cool. From giving cupcakes to those buying their merch, hiding present packets with suckers and free cd downloads throughout the venue to lead singer Ola Kobak’s doll-like dance moves and the fact that the majority of the band can play the banjo, they exude awesome. However, it is not only this intrinsic charm that will see them – and has seen them – gaining massive popularity. Damn are the folks of Fulka talented!

Bubbly and sassy, Ola sings sweetly while a fusion of the folk and electronic sounds of the band surround her. Soon it’s time for the first instrument swop, one of many these multi-skilled kids pull off. Pretty, while at the same time punchy, Fulka’s songs are full of melody and melodramatics, with a hint of mystery. Simple yet distinctive and multifaceted, their sound is quiet but penetrating. Their album is beautifully produced and world class. It’s available for listening and download here:

The only criticism I have is the lack of smoothness in their act. There were a couple of times where swopping instruments and tuning and microphone issues jarred the sleekness of their performance, but I have no doubt that this will soon be sorted, leaving a playful performance with credibility and class.

The equally talented Isochronous opened for Fulka, playing a tight acoustic set to an attentive and eager crowd which soaked in their polished progressive synth-rock sound gone raw while sitting cross-legged on the floor. Isochronous never disappoint, and when acoustic they add depth and flavour to their already well-rounded sound.

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