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The best freak folk album ever released

After Joanna Newsom released "Ys" in 2006, one could have assumed that the freak folk movement had climaxed, reaching an apex that would never be rivalved again. However, a year and a half later, King Darves makes his claim for the thrown of all things folk as his debut album triumphs. Fans of the genre will welcome Darves' tones with open arms. If you ever heard Animal Collective or Devendra Banhart and enjoyed their works, you'll love, LOVE, TSSFTBS. For anyone else, expand your mind an try something new. Granted, this type of album won't appeal to the jailbait who blasts Rihanna and Ne-Yo from her boyfriend's car stereo, but anyone who prides his or herself as a true music buff will find something to love about this album. If you haven't guessed it by now, I love this album. Hands down, this album will be remembered when at the end of the year when I think about what albums shined the brightest in 2008. However, by then, I'll be used to the idea that a virtual unknown from New Jersey has bested the epic names of Portishead and Hot Chip in producing the defining album of the year.

A Refreshing Sound of Purity

With the general trend of music heading towards an electronic and synthesized sound, King Darves' "The Sun Splits for the Blind Swimmer" is a refreshing breath of fresh air as far as real music is concerned. The entire album is filled with the harmonies of a single, one-man show rather than overdubs followed by overdubs followed by pedal effects followed by drum beats followed by synth. The simple cover art work, presumably designed by King Darves himself, seems to be a metaphor for the album: simple, obscure, and charming - what you see is what you get. The album begins with "Oh I've Come a Ragin' Sun," an intellectual mix of gregorian chant and western ballad. The vocal propensity of King Darves is unusual, and the constant vibrato in his charming low voice is an automatic turn -on. My favorite track on the album, "Sea Bird," is extremely pleasing to the ears: a rhythmic, harmonic masterpiece. It seems to be the most complex track on Darves' debut. The closing song, "Home," is a somber, mellow track: the perfect way to end a somber, mellow CD. It is easy to get lost in "Home," as it is with any of the 10 tracks on this record. If you are looking for some catchy hooks to pump throughout the house, you best not look here. But if you are looking for an album filled with passion and creativity, an album that tells a story, an album filled with songs to become emotionally attached to (She Wants My Song, Home, Oh I've Come a Ragin' Sun) look no further - The Sun Splits for the Blind Summer will be rewarding. One can only hope that this rather unknown artist makes the leap into the spotlight.

this is chill

You might think this is just another one of those folk albums by one of those guys with beards singing about ridiculous things. But this new sound is nicer, and homier. It's catchy and it feels like a jam session with an acoustic guitar in the middle of nowhere. King Darves's rich baritone voice has a lulling effect. I suggest you buy this album.

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