February 9, 2015

Stream: Cal Folger Day - Adornament

Cal Folger Day's new EP will transport you to warmer days.

Fuck sweater weather and fuck winter. I'm sick of piling on layers and wrapping myself in massive scarves and wearing tights. When I'm drinking coffee in my kitchen in the morning, sometimes I can see my breath. I hate going outside. But somehow I still feel good. I'm reading more. I'm baking more. I'm not obsessing over all of the uncertainty that is currently looming in my life. Recently, I bought myself flowers. I put them in a teapot painted with butterflies and vines. Maybe I'm trying to create my own little version of spring a few weeks early, and Cal Folger Day helps.

Her latest EP, Adornament, consists of six songs filled with chimes, strings and ethereal vocals. These sounds have the ability to transport me far away from my chilly apartment. I feel like I'm waking up to warm sunlight and riding my bike and collecting armfuls of wildflowers. I can't help but feel some kind of magic as well, as it's easy to get lost in the world of her lyrics. On "Homez A Place", Cal sings of silver ponds and golden reeds and witches. On "U Caused Me", she talks of miscreants. On "Bristol Fallz", she describes a sunset. It's like eavesdropping on a dream. Yet, this isn't an entirely escapist album, because Cal Folger Day sings of confusion and heartbreak too. "If only you were stupid, then this would be easy," she sings self-deprecatingly on the slightly more spare "Stoopid". Perhaps Cal is reminding us that even when everything seems like it's coming up roses, it's still okay to feel weird and it's still okay to miss people. These are the kind of songs you can inhabit and wander for a while, and there's a magical kind of freedom in that feeling.


Pre-order the album from Reeks of Effort.

Caroline Rayner, who likes getting tattoos and cutting up old magazines and driving long distances and baking cookies. She also writes things for Tiny Mix Tapes and, when she remembers, her blog.