Impressive UK Folk Debut. - Listen to Burying Giants: Stormy Seas
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posted 20 Mar 2021 by Krister Axel
Expands the boundaries of a folk and pop crossover by mixing a subtle jazz sensibility with the passionate, visceral sensibility of classic roots music.

Burying Giants is an indie folk act fronted by Will Pope, a musician based in London. With a voice that will leave you speechless, the soaring vocals, intricate harmonies, and bell-like upper register might be thought of as a unique halfway-point between the great Jeff Buckley and James Vincent McMorrow, while the folk-based song-craft and finger-picking style brings to mind the work of Tallest Man on Earth.

His self-titled debut album offers an enchanting glimpse into the wide, ethereal spaces that inhabit his creative mind, informed by a love of classic soul and organic, acoustic tones. "Stormy Seas" is the third track on this impressive release, and features—along with a beautifully emotive vocal performance—some of my favorite lyrics in recent memory. Burying Giants is expanding the boundaries of a folk and pop crossover by mixing a subtle jazz sensibility with the passionate, visceral sensibility of classic roots music.

So quick to the pose
and once order’s imposed
I’m left
wondering if my soul
could be rid
of me
It’s such a tired, tired
restless thing

This album is the culmination of years of hard work, shaped by the Beijing music scene, and artists and musicians Pope has collaborated with along the way. The songs tell stories of grief, loss and hope in a changing landscape—shaped partly by his experience of living in China's capital, but also through the isolation that comes with a solo artist working on a debut release.

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Morristown, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.


Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist


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