Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The Duke of Norfolk orchestral folk sweep of "Dylan Thomas / Bitter Bitter" from the "Attendre et Espérer" album

The track Dylan Thomas / Bitter Bitter suggests a winter chill and vast emotions swirling in the organic orchestration, acoustic sway, traditional emotional folk vocal presentation and spatterings of electronica. The Duke of Norfolk is the recording project / name of folk musician singer songwriter Adam Howard. Originally from Oklahoma (US) and inspired early on by traditional Irish Music, American bluegrass and the London-based folk-tronic band Tuning he eventually moved to Scotland to study Sound Design. The move set his feet right into the traditional folk (of the region) which he has blended into his own with more modern electronic folk. 

Dylan Thomas / Bitter Bitter is the first song off of the recently released "Attendre et Espérer" album. The song shaped by his father's death in 2015. Of the song Howard expresses:

"Late in the summer of 2015 my father left. Nobody knows where the leaving go.
Seeing death so close, I began–as many do–to see death everywhere. I saw him in distant wars & with starving children, with the still-born baby & the teenage suicide, indiscriminately picking from the old and the young. Present in the daily newspaper and in ancient myths, the question of every scripture and a pulsing undertone of the romantic poets.
Though there is nothing to say that is yet unsaid, there is comfort in the saying."

Duke of Norfolk / Adam Howard now resides in Portland, Oregon.

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Robb Donker