Wednesday 24 January 2018
Afforested - Frithu (2016)
The second album from this English band.
Afforested is actually a duo with a lineup of mandolin, acoustic guitarss, bass, flute, recorder, keyboards, vocoder, whistle, percussion and vocals.
This duo is no less than brothers. Jonathan and Alex Betts. And they have released and sold these albums on their own. Make that; two albums and an EP. I reviewed their 2009 EP for # 1 of this blog back in August 2012 and were not impressed. You can read this review here.
I have not heard their debut album yet. All their recordings has now been re-released as a 2 CD album. A pretty good collection and well worth checking out.
Afforested is a folk rock duo. Their songs is brought to life with mostly flutes, acoustic guitars, bass and vocals.
The music has a lot in common with mediavel folk music. It is pretty simple. Good references are early Gryphon. The vocals is not particular melodic.
The sound is very dry and the songs on this forty minutes long album is not that good. I am not impressed. But there is still some good stuff on this album. Hence my rating of this album.