Husky
Forever So


3.0
good

Review

by SowingSeason EMERITUS
July 10th, 2012 | 24 replies | 6,130 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An interesting plunge into indie-folk’s experimental regions – one, however, that ends up feeling lost instead of resolute.

Forever So is kind of a double edged sword – on one hand, it is a refreshingly ambitious debut that bodes well for Husky’s future, but on the other hand it doesn’t seem to say very much throughout its elaborate composition. The balladry is rustic in a Fleet Foxes type of way, and it sways, skips, and meanders without the slightest hint of deliberation. Such an enlightened approach would normally draw praise from critics, and while the album makes irrefutable creative strides, it lacks the song crafter’s touch that makes Robin Pecknold’s work feel so authentic, or that makes Of Monsters and Men’s melodies so irresistible. This is an album that strives for profundity, but lacks the knock-out potential to deliver. To find out why, we must delve a little deeper into Forever So’s intricacies.

If Husky were to be evaluated on their intentions alone, then their debut would be considered a resounding success. They do everything here that a folk enthusiast could hope for – the song structures are stripped-down yet unconventional, they vary their approach on a consistent basis, and everything coexists in a fashion that is harmonic but not effortlessly digestible. ‘Fake Moustache’ is a prime example of the way that Husky’s clashing stylistic experiments find peace with each other, featuring alternating acoustic strumming/picking, tribal drum beats, steadily audible bass, and unpredictable verses. Nothing seems to fit, but it all magically works. One of the main issues, however, is that not very many tracks are as memorable as the aforementioned work. The first half is stronger in that regard, with ‘Tidal Wave’, ‘The Woods’, and “Hunter’ all offering bits of melodic redemption, but even then it is challenging at best to find a reason to revisit Husky’s material – other than to pacify your burning curiosity as to why this sounds so damn intriguing, yet is absolutely forgettable at the same time. It boils down to more than just a lack of catchy choruses, which isn’t always required – nay, is thankfully neglected – in many great musical pieces. It’s more like Husky has nothing to say. It’s an empty ambition; a powerless punch. There are simply too many anticlimactic moments, too many moments of indie grandeur built upon crumbling lyrics, and too few sweeping instrumental moments to snare one’s attention. Throughout all of its swirling ideas, Forever So ultimately ends up nowhere.

In spite of this, Forever So is still an album worth hearing…if for no other reason because it is completely and utterly different. While its influences are rooted in conventional indie-folk, it does everything in its power to stretch those boundaries. The way that the classical piano sends an icy chill down the back of ‘The Woods’ is nothing short of commendable, while the long-winded ‘Farewell (In 3 Parts)’ introduces regal-sounding horns. There’s no shortage of ideas, which makes for an absorbing listen – even if it only lasts during that particular moment. Husky really isn’t that far off the mark. Their experimental ambition and artistic integrity is extremely promising, and with a little more focus, direction, and experience, they could be something special very soon. Until then, we’ll have to keep on wondering what Forever So could have been if only it had a map to accompany its youthful drive to explore.



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SowingSeason
Emeritus
July 9th 2012



14512 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/spinner#/7

Stream for those who are interested in hearing this.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
July 9th 2012



10553 Comments


well I WAS interested but this reads as less than enthusiastic : /

Digging: Saintseneca - Dark Arc

SowingSeason
Emeritus
July 9th 2012



14512 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Still listen to it Eli, I had a god awful time trying to decide whether or not I liked this. I could see a lot of people disagreeing.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
July 9th 2012



10553 Comments


I'm convinced. I have nothing better to listen to atm. maybe I'll be surprised?

SowingSeason
Emeritus
July 9th 2012



14512 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Maybe...

Xenophanes
Emeritus
July 9th 2012



10553 Comments


First song is actually really great

SowingSeason
Emeritus
July 9th 2012



14512 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The first 6 songs are the best IMO...let me know how you feel when it's all over.

I do hope you like it though...I respect these guys a lot even if I didn't dig this as much as I thought I would

HBFS
July 9th 2012



1214 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

seeing these guys in a couple of weeks, supporting the shins.. should be a great night. album is very good for a debut and i can see them improving on it quite a bit. the woods is probably the best song

HBFS
July 9th 2012



1214 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

also, dark sea rules.

SowingSeason
Emeritus
July 9th 2012



14512 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Why not?

bechaz123
July 9th 2012



6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Farewell (In 3 Parts) is gorgeous IMO.
Saw these guys opening for Gotye last year in Adelaide, first I'd heard of them, but liked them, they put on a nice little show.

AtavanHalen
July 9th 2012



17927 Comments


the fuck

an australian review that isn't me or ck

fuck the face

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2012



20825 Comments


Woh, where did this come from Sowing? I thought Streetlight had returned from the wilderness there for a second.

No mention of these guys being Aussie means you still aren't allowed into the country though.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
July 10th 2012



10553 Comments


The first part is kind of a four and that back half is Probably a 3 so I'm gonna split the difference

jackalope11
July 10th 2012



330 Comments


History's Door is an amazing song. Gonna give this album a try for sure

PorkchopExpress
July 10th 2012



382 Comments


Sold the minute I saw Horse Feathers and Fleet Foxes in the recommended section. Through the front half, and I love "Tidal Wave" and "History's Door" a lot.

Digging: Pure X - Angel

SowingSeason
Emeritus
July 10th 2012



14512 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I didn't know these guys were Aussie

If I did I would have dropped my rating a point

mindleviticus
July 11th 2012



7940 Comments


boring

mindleviticus
July 11th 2012



7940 Comments


the woods is probably the only song that kept my attention

ZedO
July 11th 2012



1096 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great album, these aussie guys rule..



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