This evening’s been a confusing one, and no mistake! After receiving a package in the mail today that I had only scant recollection of ordering, this evening has been one of trying to suss out what on earth’s going on and – more importantly – in what order. I am still largely unsure, but happy in the details I’ve gathered and arranged.
What appears to be going on is this:
- A mysterious act known as the FLK released a folk-inspired mix CD in 2011 entitled We Know Where The Time Goes, featuring a whole host of English music and the voices of Mike Harding and Ken Russell. Mostly folky anyway – The Cure, Jesus & Mary Chain, Queen, Matt Cardle, Japan and the Wonderstuff’s ansaphone all feature in a celebration of pretty much everything English. Which is a lovely thing when it’s presented like this and not draped in flags and facemasks as it sadly is all too often now.
- The FLK may or may not be the KLF after a 2-decade hiatus.
- They probably are. Look, that’s their bloody car.
- The Folk Law EP was announced recently, and has even more recently been released
- It is a 4-track 12″ numbered single.
- There are only 230 in existence.
- 23 days from the day of release, the remainder will be destroyed.
- There are 6 days remaining. Which is a bit of a bugger because, as far as this site is concerned, this would have been a perfect fit if I had known about this yesterday.
- All, some of none of this may be wildly incorrect.
So, what gives? Well, it’s sort of in the same vein as the WKWTTG CD (a booklet comes with the 12″ detailing every song, sample and sound and a backpage statement justifying the whole project to people who may have been a bit miffed the first time round) with folksy shenanigans aplenty mixed with other things, albeit with slightly expanded horizons. Side One’s Red Herring has a boisterous Scottish jig showing the kids of today that they weren’t the first to have big, hypnotic beats to dance to, followed by Jackie Oates’ gorgeous voice floating through a more “traditional” (har!) dance tune which sounds more like the (probable) men under the cow masks, ending with a rain-sodden Streets Of London playing it out.
Side Two continues in its genre-bending fashion, with Emily Portman’s charming paean to pies, hair and death Stick Stock performed with Jane’s Addiction’s Mountain Song bassline not so much backing the song as threatening it. Finishing up, there’s Old National Anthem, mixing Simon and Garfunkel’s refrain of “Are you going to Scarborough Fair?” with a squelchy beat and handy satnav directions for anyone else thinking of taking the same journey.
Basically, you have less than a week to decide if you want this. You probably do. So it’s probably best for all concerned if you head on over to MuMusic and buy a bit of whatever this is before it’s gone. Music is rarely so expansive, fun and creative as this.