Boomkat Product Review:
Kiwi singer-songwriter Maxine Funke makes ineffably pretty homespun folk that will surely appeal to anyone into Sibylle Baier, Liz Harris, Bridget St. John or Vashti Bunyan. A proper special, once again, from A Colourful Storm.
'Seance' is an understated wonder; Funke has released an acclaimed run of low-key DIY folk records on labels like Feeding Tube, Next Best Way and Epic Sweep, and this latest is possibly her most resolved to date. Minimal but never icy, Funke's songwriting is tender and focused, but her voice is the key here, as she uses delicate tones to illustrate an internal world brimming with love and loss.
Using just guitar and voice, Funke meditates on themes using dreamlike imagery and tangled poetry - they seem simple, but take countless listens to unpick. There's euphoria, anxiety, romance and pain hidden beneath her wavering words, and it's a pleasure to hear something so uncluttered and free from posturing.