Review Summary: What happened, Current 93?
There hasn’t been much action within the Dark Folk and Neo-Folk scene that you would call revolutionary over the years. I mean bands like Rome and Death In June have been able to keep their origin, but the whole scene of emerging and newer groups haven’t exactly been popping up, (as opposed to Metal and Alt. Rock)it’s beginning to act as an empty drain. It feels like the collection of Folk groups are aimed toward delivering something fresh and redefined, but in return does absolutely nothing. That is what Honeysuckle Aeons feels like.
Current 93’s newest act, Honeysuckle Aeons sadly is targeted with a poor aim. The entire album just felt effortless, and really doesn't feel like full force Current 93. Most of the material was hardly memorable, and the overall textures of the songs were just bare. I strongly suggest that Current 93 didn’t try in this one in any form whatsoever. Their widely known nursery rhymes/lullabies’ singings were absolute crap. The sad weepy emotions known of the poems didn’t play a role whatsoever in the album, but instead were borderline simplistic, and frankly stupid.
Despite the huge drawbacks to the album, it had only one upside, and that was the melancholy piano that eased its way through the album. It felt soothing and relaxing, but it was rather minimal and didn’t really grab onto much. It really took in effect with the song ‘Pomegranate’, which resolved the issue involving poor lyricism and minimal strands of the piano. The lyrics actually felt heartwarming, and the piano wasn’t just one or two barely recognizable chords, it was a full extract of colorful piano arrays eating away minute by minute. A 6 minute epic, it reported that Current 93 still had that dynamic side in them, which was barely noticeable in Honeysuckle Aeons.
So yeah, the whole Folk and Neo-Folk picture of today’s society really isn’t doing swift and Current 93’s new album isn’t helping, like at all. It really isn’t destroying it per say, but the action isn’t prominent. There’s like literally nothing to be found in Honeysuckle Aeons (but just a few smidgens), and with modern Folk in general. Maybe the next upcoming years will be different, and Folk will branch out and grow limbs, rather than being a peck of weed as it is of now.