July 10, 2019
Tune-In Tuesdays #26: No Village by Kuri
No Village by Kuri coverSource: Nevado Music
Aaaand we’re back with a slightly-belated installment of Tune-In Tuesdays (or, I guess, “Wubba-Lubba-Wednesdays,” at this point).
This week, we’re tuning into the latest album by introspective folk artist, Kuri, “No Village.”
A Bit of Context…
Scott “Kuri” Curie was born and raised in Abbotsford, B.C.. He began playing the drum alongside his older siblings who were guitarists while Kuri was young, according to the press release for “No Village.”
By the age of 12, he began playing the piano and by 2017 began releasing music under the name, “Kuri.”
No Village by Kuri
The album begins with it’s title track, “No Village,” a slow, heavy, orchestral song absent of vocals, effectively setting the tone for the tracks that follow.
Picking up where “No Village” leaves off, “The Great Orator” begins seamlessly with somber piano that dances into Kuri’s soft vocals.
The pace picks up as the light drums start, amplifying the weight of the piano and sweeping strings across the soul-felt song.
“Sort Sol,” begins quietly with a bouncy drum beat and equally as elastic strings. Kuri sings sweetly and harmonizes with himself as the track progresses.
Following the somewhat celtic instrumental break in the song, Kuri doesn’t miss a beat as he passionately sings chorus.
“Something at the Door,” welcomes the listener with sparing, heavy, acoustic guitar. The emotional vocals lead into lighter instrumentals that shimmer over the gravity of the song.
The violin and percussion throughout the song really drive home the impact and feeling of “Something at the Door.”
The mood of the album begins to lift briefly with “Anathema,” a slow and gentle track with an arrangement that evokes awe and nostalgia with a vague sense of melancholy and yearning.
Kuri’s vocal abilities truly shine towards the final verse, as he decorates the track with delicate singing and lyricism.
“Walk on the Moor” is driven by the acoustic guitar that leads into more orchestral instruments. Kuri bends the tone of his voice, intertwining it with the heartfelt strings and packaging the rest of the track neatly.
Introduced by the keyboard, “Everyone’s Tired,” details Kuri’s point of view as a self-described “observer.”
Defined by it’s upbeat yet sober tone similar to that of “Anathema,” the song is dreamy and introspective.
“Everyone’s Tired,” fades into another touching acoustic track, “An Empire.”
Lush and rich with sentiment, the listener is given a glimpse into Kuri’s passionate, old soul.
“Dangerous Rhyme,” dives deeper into the emotion set forth in the proceeding track with similar acoustics and heavier vocals.
Towards the end of the song, “Dangerous Rhyme” transitions into faster, exciting strings complimented by enchanting flute and sound FX.
Drawing the curtains on the album, “At One Fell Swoop” provides closure on a reflective note.
Elegant and classical with a modern twist, the entire album breathes life into mature orchestral instruments with the buttery-smooth production present throughout “No Village.”
I am touched and delighted by Kuri’s latest album and look forward to his next endeavors as an artist.
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