Female-fronted folk trio, Freeman, from Teesside, has just finished recording their brand new EP ‘Ride’ – and it’s an all-around amazing and fascinating piece of art.
The production on the mix is unpolished and raw – and that’s not a bad thing at all, as it really adds to Freeman’s overall sound and gives the release a more authentic feel. This fresh take on the folk genre is extremely refreshing as it moves away from the generic folk sound that’s prime in today’s charts (think Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers, for example).
The vocals are chilling and have an almost spiritual vibe to them, which is amplified by the sparkly guitars. What’s great is how the vocals also seem to weave between the guitar tracks, whilst still maintaining enough ferocity to grip you into the compelling lyrical content – this is especially prominent on ‘Paradise is You’ which is structured beautifully. And I have to mention the well-placed guitar solo on ‘Lonely Girl’, where the smart writing shines again.
On finishing track ‘Another Time Another Place’, the whole group is in perfect harmony and it brings this fascinating five-track EP to a fantastic end.
Overall, I’m pleasantly surprised with Freeman: they’re definitely coming along and developing as musicians and I’m looking forwarding to hearing more from them in the near future.
To find out more about Freeman, and to purchase your copy of their brand new EP, head to facebook.com/freeman.acoustic.