Boomkat Product Review:
On her fourth album, Maxine Funke makes pure, deeply memorable, deceptively simple folk music that will appeal to anyone into Sibylle Baier, Liz Harris, Bridget St. John, Smog , Harvest-era Neil Young 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 concise and resolved to date. Stripped but never icy, Funke's songwriting is amiguous, tender and focused, but her voice is the key - using delicate tones to illustrate an internal world brimming with memories of love and loss.
Using just guitar and voice, tape hiss, location artefacts that waft into view (passing cars, life outside), some organ and a single metronome-like perucssive heartbeat, Funke meditates on themes using dreamlike imagery and tangled poetry - it all seems simple, but takes countless listens to unpick. There's euphoria, anxiety, romance and pain hidden beneath her wavering words, and - like all the best songs - all it takes is the slightest key change to turn you to cinder.
What a pleasure <3