John Reed of Fatea Magazine has written a review for our new album Seven White Horses. Thanks, we really appreciate it, John!
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Review album Seven White Horses
Boxin’ the Vox are Dutch folk duo David Plasmeijer (banjo, lute, electric and bass guitars, drums) and Anne-Lotte Paymans (guitar). “Seven White Horses” released in May 2020 is their accomplished second album. With music influences largely from 1960s and 1970s and Irish and Celtic Folk Music in particular, their songs are simple in structure and lyrically descriptive.
The title track “Seven White Horses” is the best track on this album. I had to interrupt my first listen after this song and it stayed with me for the day. The chorus is a positive earworm. None of the other songs quite hits its standard, so maybe it should have been placed later in the album? It is an excellent song but the ace was played too early.
The pace of the album drops for “Keep the Fires Burning”, a homage to their homeland and evokes that connection most of us have with the places that shaped us. This is followed up by the tragic “Mr. Alzheimer” which deals with a difficult subject written from deep personal experience. The vocal on this song is especially heartfelt, and the duo are using this song to support funding for dementia charities.
“The Whiskey War” immediately lifts the album’s mood with the Cajun fused rhythm and lively dual vocal, contrasting with “Close” where Plasmeijer takes the lead vocal in this tale of unrequited love song delivered with a personification of the beauty of Ireland’s beautiful County Clare.
There’s an Iberian influence to “Day of Days” but for me this song doesn’t quite hang together, with a few clunky vocal moments that seem to break the rhythm of the song. That said, it is lyrically one of this works best moments. Adam Shapiro’s fiddle playing introduces “An Islitir”, a rather lovely dedication to another place of home.
The guitar at the beginning of “Waiting for your Love” carries the ’60s cadence of a Cat Stevens or Jethro Tull acoustic song. It is well crafted with some great vocal harmonies and a nice, almost progressive build to it. Ironically “Too Slow” is anything but, and is a real foot tapper about negotiating your way through life.
“Before You Depart” feels like an appropriate title for an album closer and for me is another of its standout songs, a sensitively delivered account of the break up of a relationship that builds to round off this enjoyable listen.
This is music that would grace any folk club because it has plenty of singalong moments with lyrics that convey life experiences that most of us will connect with.
Review by John Reed for Fatea Magazine