Stories – feat. Shirotoeda by KiQ

Released: 22.05.18 / Label: mimikaki DISK

This track by KiQ is a surprise folk gem that you don’t want to miss.

The melody and guitar are really great throughout the whole song. I especially love to choice to include a whistle solo, it just brings that indie-rock/folk feeling home. I was left wanting more of the female vocal part overall, but the sections she joins in on harmony sound beautiful. Sadly the rhythm section does nothing but play on repeat for the whole tune. It’s fine for a single listen, but after a few plays it starts to stand out. I’d be interested to see how this comes across live.

The acoustic guitar is heartfelt but a bit shaky at the worst possible moments. The vocals are really what make the song stand out. The singer has a really sweet tone, and his style matches the melody’s soft lilting flow. The solo sections are also performed really well. I’m jealous that I can’t whistle like that.

They lyrics are a wonderful example of storytelling that fits perfectly in the genre. Simple yet poetic. Thematic repetition but with variations to keep it interesting. Absolutely the best part of this track.

I do wish they had gotten a better sound on the guitar and drums in the recording session. It still works because this is a folk song, but even so. The general mix is really good though, making great use of space and maintaining a simplicity that keeps the storytelling center stage.

Verdict: Worth your time (3.5/5)

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