Monday, March 14, 2011

newmusicmonday #84:: Olenka & the Autumn Lovers

Genrefolk pop

Olenka Krakus lead vocal, guitar
Sara Froese violin, vocals
Simon Larochette trumpet
Daniel Mancini drums
Kelly Wallraff cello, vocals
BaseLondon, ON, Canada
Label &
Open House Recording Company

And Now We Sing, October 2010 [zunior - w/previews]
Papillonette EP, November 2008 [zunior -w/previews]
eponymous "Olenka & the Autumn Lovers", November 2008 [zunior - w/previews]
Warsaw Girl EP, April 2008

I've been mulling over this week's newmusicmonday for a few weeks now, listening to a bit on CBCr3 and coming back to it later. The band has an interesting sound that has an interesting range, from blue state/red riding {?} folk to what sounds like a new wave time machine to Eastern Europe in the 80s. The latter comes through in "Clean" with a hint of ska in the background. Listening to the twangy intro of "East End" makes you wonder if Olenka and company can pull off their folk pop Polish fusion, but it comes together and then some. Olenka's lyrics are serious in nature, drifting towards the melancholy, rife with vivid imagery that's often gritty. She's a great vocalist who managed to hold my interest from song to song, which isn't always an easy feat.

Here's "Odessa" with an Eastern European folksy feel, from a show last month at the Horseshoe::

Here's some straight blue state folk in the form of "Flash in the Pan" shot as part of the Live Near Bellwoods series, from a few days ago::

Twitterversion:: [blog+videos] #newmusicmonday featuring the London, ON folk pop of Olenka & the Autumn Lovers {@olenkalovers}  @Prof_K

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