Magazine article New Internationalist

[Howie B. Folk]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Howie B. Folk]

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(Polydor 549 84 1 CD)

Ever since the balmy 1960s when Bob Dylan went electric there's been a certain awkwardness as to what constitutes folk music and, equally importantly, how it should sound. Luckily nothing like this bothers Howie B, the Glasgow-born musician whose recent career has seen him behind the mixing desks with Brian Eno, Ry Cooder or U2. Folk, Howie B emphatically says, is music that gets people together; it's about opening doors. And that's just what Folk, his fifth album, does.

Typically, there's nothing to be taken for granted here: even the lovely sleeve photos of English mummer-players standing around in fields seem designed to disorientate. And so the album plays its strongest card first. 'Making Love on Your Side', featuring the flamenco talents of guitarist Raimundo Amador and Roma vocals of Marina Heredia, ripples through a dense foliage of beats and carefully edited textures. …

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