The Daily Krapht – Tony Volker – “Kingdom of the Beasts”
Like water droplets into a pool, so begins “Kingdom of the Beasts,” the single from South London native Tony Volker’s latest EP, Break & Reshape. “Kingdom of the Beasts” is a tranquil, yet dystopian, electro-folk tune that could easily be the pessimistic lovechild of Thom Yorke and Moby. Taking a dark path through unconscious human fears of isolation, Volker maintains in a calm, almost seductive voice, that we cannot rely on one another and must fend for ourselves in the “Kingdom of the Beasts” – an assumed euphemism for modern life.
Take comfort in your soul,
I’ll take comfort in my own.
We start and end the same,
We’re born and die alone.
Given the lyrics, “Kingdom of the Beasts” would be a very dreary number. But due to Volker’s handiwork, it is nicely mixed with underlying electric vocals and eerie beeps and claps which achieves a slightly peppy more playful sound. The rest of tracks on Break & Reshape are characterized by the same layered, electro-folk sound (think Radiohead circa 1995 with less guitar) and somber lyrics. Touted as an “up-and-coming new artist to keep your peepers on” by The NME’s Radar, we are looking forward to future releases from Mr. Volker.
Artist Name: Tony Volker
Location: London, England
Genre: Alternative, Indie, Electro-Folk,
Band Members: Tony Volker