Crying Day Care Choir - Leave The Kingdom

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Band Crying Day Care Choir
Album Leave The Kingdom
Country Sweden
Genre Folk Music
Release date (album) 2014
Release date (review) 2018/04/09


Quite difficult to place this in some kind of metal environment or even pretend to spin it in this direction, because it should be quite obvious that such an attempt -- take a look at the title, the cover and the band photos (on bandcamp, facebook or ... ) -- would be more than impossible. As should be apparent from the description in the top section of the page, these musicians venture in the realm of folk music. Tree-huger stuff ... and this is not only due to the genre. No, they mean it. They deliver it. Hell, it is a nearly endless barrage of happiness, love and harmony. Sunshine as far as the eyes can see and no end in sight. Even those vague facets of melancholy are delivered in such a hurrah kind of way that a rope would take too damn long.

Good-feel music from beginning to the end and whose spirits are never ever seriously clouded in any kind of way. A previous release had the title "Join The Joyful Revolution" and even though one might imagine happy revolutionaries dancing through the streets and making love all day/night long, the reality is generally as such that revolutions are mostly messy and hardly ever too much of a pleasure for all "participants"; as can be seen from the latest attempts in the Magreb. Of course, it is also possible to distort these cheerful images and to de-contextualize them. One could also image someone being "joyfully" blown to bits or "joyfully" tortured, but there remains the questions, who would have the larger end of the stick in this regard and to whom the term "joyful" would actually apply.

Well, as outlined already, it is rather happy folk that we have here and it is of a rather traditional type. Crying Day Care Choir's (CDCC) music is driven by various types of vocals. Either a single male voice with an accompanying one in the background or a choir tend to present the lyrics. The voices are generally powerful and it is easily possible to grasp the texts. Naturally and as should be of no surprise at this point, the topics this band deals with are the usual suspects and generally focus on the messiness of life, love and nature. Minor contemplative aspects are allowed to have a certain share as well. Charming melodies do their part to increase the level of cheerfulness, especially due to their level of playfulness and arrangements that might create in some folks the urge to dance and have fun. Yes, to be h(a)ppy. When it comes to the instrumental set-up, then the usual suspects can be discovered throughout the release. Quite a lot of guitars, some percussion elements and the sort. Nothing particularly out of the ordinary.

Rose-tinted landscapes with minor darker blurs is what can be expected on this release. At times charming melodies that tug the listener under the arm and spin this person around, while at others it is a slightly serious interaction with less of this engaging tendency. Concept-wise "Leave the Kingdom" is rich in facets and loaded with various approaches in expressing the idea of the band and their particular type of folk music; of which it is not clear what that would actually be. Yet one is able to look beyond this as these musicians from Sweden are quite able to take things of the mind of the listener and give this person a nice time.

While the title has a slight melancholic touch -- what kingdom and why do we have to leave it? Leaving the ordeal of childhood per chance? -- the music hardly reflects this. Rather the contrary is the case and therefore the listener might be able to have indeed a joyful trip.