Electronic Folk’s latest album, Not Quite a Goodbye, is a masterwork. The first five songs are each outstanding, and the rest of the album doesn’t disappoint. This album is the first to really capture Electronic Folk’s haunting sound. If you’ve never listened to Electronic Folk before, this is a great place to start.
The opening track, “Unexpected Goodbye”, has a beautiful piano riff in the beginning that just draws you into the song. It’s not long before you’re met with another beautiful sound: Electronic Folk’s voice. The lyrics somehow manage to be both heartbreaking and hopeful, as if trying to find the silver lining in an otherwise dark cloud. The final stanza says it all: “If I had known then what I know now/I would have done some things differently/But I’m only human after all/I can’t change what happened yesterday/Can’t take back what I’ve already done/So instead I’ll look ahead to tomorrow/And hope that we can still be friends.”
The next song, “Hometown Disaster”, continues in this vein with an optimistic-sounding melody that belies its much darker lyrics: “There’s blood on
In a recent post, I wrote that I was getting into Electronic Folk. Well, if you enjoyed reading that post, then you’ll probably enjoy this one as well.
Electronic Folk has just released their debut album, Not Quite a Goodbye. From the first chord to the concluding note, it is simply outstanding.
I have been a long-time fan of the band’s music and so I was thrilled when they announced that an album was in the works. I had no idea what to expect from it but I knew that I couldn’t wait for its release. When I finally got my hands on it, I wasn’t disappointed.
Not Quite a Goodbye is a diverse collection of songs that are both beautiful and emotionally charged. The lyrics are evocative and powerful and the music is hauntingly melodic. It is an album that stays with you long after you have listened to it for the first time.
The title track “Not Quite a Goodbye” is my favorite song on the album but there are many others that are equally as good (if not better). “Redemption Song” and “White Rabbit” are two others that immediately come to mind as being particularly memorable and noteworthy. If
Electronic Folk’s latest album, Not Quite a Goodbye, is a masterpiece. I’ve listened to it dozens of times and I’m still discovering new sounds. The album is filled with cinematic soundscapes, from the lush strings of “No One” to the beats in “Back Home.”
My favorite track is “The Book of Love.” Lead singer Ben Gibbard has not sounded better in his career. His voice trembles with emotion as he sings these lyrics:
I love it when you read to me
And you can read me anything
If these words remain
You’re still here in my veins
It’s not quite a goodbye
While some of Electronic Folk’s earlier work has been criticized as too soft, this album contains more up-tempo songs that make your foot tap. The band has grown up, yet they haven’t lost their sensitive side (listen to the piano ballad “You Are the One”). All in all, I would highly recommend this album to anyone looking for new music to explore.
Electronic Folk’s debut album, Not Quite a Goodbye, is an eclectic mix of songs that capture the feelings of longing and nostalgia in today’s world. Whether it be losing a childhood friend or reminiscing about your first love, the themes explored on this album are ones that are relatable to anyone listening.
The album begins with “The Sound of Memory.” With poignant lyrics and smooth vocals, the song captures the essence of what it means for a place to feel like home. The narrator describes how her past experiences with love have caused her to constantly be reminded of them when she visits certain locations: “Everywhere I go I can hear music playing/It’s a song I remember from my history/Everywhere I go you are with me now/And I just can’t find a way to break free from you.”
The second track on the album is “A Broken Heart is Hard to Find.” This song details the narrator’s attempt to move on from her ex-lover by trying to find someone new in order to mend her broken heart. She sings: “I know I want someone new/But what if they don’t want me too?
The band Electronic Folk is releasing their first album, Not Quite a Goodbye, on August 10th. This is the review you’ll read to find out if it’s any good.
The album features ten tracks including a cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower” and an acoustic version of one of the singles, “I Can Hear Your Voice From Far Away.” Electronic Folk does an excellent job of blending folk with electronica to create a unique sound.
There is a wide range of sounds on this record. You can hear the folk side in songs like “We Got Lost In The Woods” and “My Best Friend Is A Horse,” while tracks like “I Am The One Who Stays Awake All Night Long” showcase an electronic edge to their music that I really enjoyed listening to.
The album ends with an acoustic version of one of my favorite songs off the record, “I Can Hear Your Voice From Far Away.” I highly recommend this album for anyone who wants something new and fresh in their ears! The band has been making music together since 2008 and has released two EPs and three studio albums.
Electronic Folk has provided us
Electronic Folk: No it’s not an oxymoron. It’s a band. And one I highly recommend you check out.
Electronic Folk is the new brainchild of two former members of the now defunct band, The Raspberry Jam. Singer/keyboardist David Michel and guitarist/songwriter Zachariah Hickman released their debut album, Not Quite a Goodbye on May 8th, 2007 under their new moniker (allmusic).
The music? A blend of rock and folk with a healthy dose of piano, acoustic guitar and a touch of synthesizer thrown in for good measure. Although the songs are sometimes short (most clock in at 2-3 minutes), each one has its own sound and texture which keeps things interesting throughout the entire album. My personal favorites include “Had Enough”, “I See You” and “You Got Me” but there are plenty more that deserve mention including “Live It Well”, “Who Am I Now?”, “Made to Be Broken”, “Take It Home” and “Not Quite a Goodbye.”
The album can be purchased at iTunes or Amazon MP3 but if you want to sample before
In case you haven’t yet heard of Electronic Folk, they have a new album out called Not Quite a Goodbye. It’s a collection of songs they’ve worked on over the years but never released. The songs are very different from their usual style, and their usual style is already quite different to begin with.
Their first album, A Room That Grows Smaller, was an electronic folk album that started off as an independent release but quickly went viral. Their second album, In the Dark, is primarily made up of remixes from the first album and other artists’ songs. So if you’re worried about this new album being another remixes compilation like In the Dark or even just another electronic folk album like A Room That Grows Smaller, I can assure you it’s very different from both.
Not Quite a Goodbye is a collection of ambient synthpop tracks that were never released for various reasons: either because they didn’t fit into the first two albums or because they didn’t fit into the time period they were written in. But now they all fit together perfectly fine as one cohesive unit.