Hartlepool act The Jar Family may just have brought a new genre to the folk music fray with ‘industrial folk’
artlepool ‘industrial folk’ collective The Jar Family return with their new single In The Clouds. Having been compared to The Pogues and supported Jake Bugg and Alabama 3, the expectation is for a folk ditty with both bite and wit, and the band do little to disappoint.
Opening with a folk riff that thuds gently, the track does little to hide its singalong quality, with the chorus breaking into a campfire refrain that’ll have you and whoever’s with you nodding along. The occasional harmonica line does nothing to detract from the song’s rustic quality, and the general feel is of a number that would announce itself to eat away at the subdued moments that you find in a bar.
Though it does little that’s unique, with The Jar Family’s brand of folk having made the rounds since the genre’s inception, In The Clouds is a track that’s composed and cheerily good hearted. Consequently there’s little to dislike about it and much that will find favour among those who like their folk to be traditional, triumphant and anthemic.
Verdict: Catchy and rustic folk