Insomniac Folklore – A Place Where Runaways Are Not Alone

Re-post (Originally posted in November 2014)

Insomniac Folklore
A Place Where Runaways Are Not Alone
BD Records
Grade – B+

It is not everyday that I get a CD for review that has an FCC warning for strong language. And doubly odd is that the track in question is followed up by “This Little Light of Mine!” So let me explain – the best I can that is. The band is Insomniac Folklore and as the name suggests their an eclectic bunch of musicians with a modern-folk twist. It’s like punk meets folk.

The CD kicks off with a poetic spoken word introduction, and an invitation to participate in the sideshow that is about to invade your ears. The first musical track is an ecclesiastical based song called “Useless.” Right off you’re presented with an eclectic folk soundtrack and the deep, nearly monotone, vocals of your ringmaster Rev. Tyler Benjamin Hentschel. “Useless” is followed up with the sweet vocals of Amanda Curry on the melancholy track “Run Away.”

There is a lot of what I would call “odd” on the CD, but depending on your taste, you may just find it cleaver and entertaining. I know I have grown to like it myself. I think others would call it “artistic.” Either way, it is intriguing and highly creative.

Getting to the explicit warning for “In Me,” well the warning comes from the use of the slang term known as “BS.” In the lyrical context it is about building each other up and our dependence on the Lord for maturing as followers of Christ. So it goes… “BS don’t make things sharp.” Blunt but relevant. Get past that and the rest of the song is a cry out to God to break a heart of stone and darkness – a psalm like cry out to the Lord as it closes – “What can you do in me?” Another bold statement comes with “bodies and arson” where they sing, “burn down the building and let free the body.” The song speaks of the trappings of caring more for the church building than the church body.

Admittedly, it took a while for me to get past the oddity of the album, but in the end that is also what makes this Gospel centered sideshow even more valuable. Step out of the comfort zone and open your ears to a tapestry of music and edifying lyrics.

– Ken W.

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