Stéphane Deslauriers, Le Canal Auditif:
“Qu’est-ce que nous proposent Folly & The Hunter avec ce Tragic Care? En premier lieu, des textes poétiques évocateurs et finement ciselés, des mélodies bien construites et absolument opérantes, une exécution sans reproche, des percussions qui rehaussent l’intensité des chansons et des chants choraux fédérateurs.”
Jim Di Gioia, Quick before it Melts:
“Folly & The Hunter relish in not taking the easy way out of a melody or riff, and their music is all the better for it. With Tragic Care, Folly & The Hunter makes “indie folk” seem as out-dated and stale a concept as “shabby chic”. ”
Melody Lau, Exclaim:
” If Icelandic rock band Sigur Rós buried themselves deep in the rural crevices of Canada, they’d re-emerge as Folly and the Hunter. Tragic Care is multidimensional folk at its loveliest, showing the range of a genre that’s often viewed as one-dimensional. ”
Jeff Mcallister, Gray Owl Point:
I’ve mentioned in the past that the folk genre can be both rewarding and dangerous—it’s a popular niche, but a path well-trodden. It takes subtle deviations that make a band stand out. And for Folly & the Hunter, those subtleties can be found in the layered instrumentation.
With next to no notable lagging points, a couple revisits are far from taxing. In a high-speed era where first impressions are everything, Residents is a debut that Folly & the Hunter should be proud of.
Residents is the type of album that promises to take you on a journey.
Joni Shuchat, Meet you at the show:
Their music has a wonderful flowing air-like quality that slowly builds up in intensity. Navigating between the balloons, the members occasionally traded places, voices and instruments like a coordinated little family. Maybe I am biased for certain sounds, but it is such a delight to hear banjo, cello and even a glockenspiel so well integrated into these indie-folk pieces. I am sure the crowd appreciated how well crafted and arranged the material was, because it translated so smoothly in live performance.
Greg Losoff, T.G.I Mix Tape 100, Baeble Music:
These guys could be filed in the next big thing category. Their debut Residents LP was released only a couple of weeks ago and they have only played one live show but appear to be poised and ready for a good amount of fame and success.
Raphaël Barsalo-Lacoursière, Feu a Volonte:
Les mélodies sont douces et simples, les textes, introspectifs, mélancoliques, sincères. Un amour déçu sur Cost, une amitié perdue sur Old Friend. Une réminiscence qui laisse pourtant place à un monde joyeux, empreint d’espoir sur la pièce Folly and The Hunter.
Residents hints at the percussion and controlled pacing of The National and the chilling slow moving crescendo of Sigur Ros, but unquestionably the band is crafting a sound all their own.
Their harmonies easily match Sufjan and his Illinoisemakers, but I feel it’s important to step away from focusing on Sufjan too much as the record is pretty varied. As their fantastic debut album Residents progresses, you’ll start to notice similarities with artists like Bon Iver, though not in a ‘locked away in an old pine cabin’ sort of way but a ‘Bon Iver has left the cabin to have a stroll through the neighboring forest’ sort of way.