Reviewed! Flaming June - Rumpelstiltskin and The Perils & Promises of Womanhood EP


Flaming June
Rumpelstiltskin and The Perils & Promises of Womanhood EP

Words by Leo Cloeson

With its atmospheric use of minor keys and folk tropes, the latest from highly acclaimed group Flaming June, Rumpelstiltskin and The Perils & Promises of Womanhood, is an EP that’s well worth checking out. It draws on some of the great traditions of British roots music, recorded with the sense of in intimate gig in a country pub somewhere.

Like most of the best folk music, the Rumpelstiltskin and The Perils & Promises of Womanhood EP draws on stories and tales, and in this case, autobiographical glimpses at the powerful life experiences of songwriter Louise Hamilton. Without going into too much detail, hers has been a life filled with obstacles – and her songs take on the guise of hopeful, upbeat stories of overcoming them. So, in spite of the minor chords and tough subject matter, these 5 songs are a testament to the strength it takes to overcome adversity.

The fact that tracks like “Rumpelstiltskin” are also darkly infectious, folk ditties in their own right helps a lot – fans of Brit folk will find a lot to enjoy here.

Grade: B
Go Download: “Rumpelstiltskin”

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