KFR Release: Folkstar’s Treelines and Skylines

Karmic Fury Records is proud to announce the release of Folkstar’s third full-length album Treelines and Skylines! This is an extraordinary work that took a full nine months to complete. All tracks were recorded and mixed at the KFR studio. A lot of long hours and late nights went into creating this work of art and after listening to the result, it’s easy to hear it was well worth the effort.

Purchase physical copies through the Folkstar store and CDbaby, and digital copies from iTunes and Amazon! If you’re a Wilmington, NC local you can also pick up a copy at Gravity Records!

Folkstar album Treelines and Skylines Cover Art

Folkstar album Treelines and Skylines Cover Art

Treelines and Skylines was inspired by considerable time spent in the small pockets of true forest that remain out west: the sequoias, redwoods, douglas firs, spruce, and cedars. There’s no place where life feels more in balance than in an ancient forest. “Treeline” was conceived while standing on top of a rock face while looking across at a grove of giant sequoias in the distance. “Song for Joyce Kilmer” tells the story from the tree’s point of view. “Into the Trees” explores the disunion between nature and man and the virtues of life in balance. In contrast, “Skyline” exposes the fallacies of city life and human self-importance. In between are songs about aging and our medical culture, freedom and travel, love and renewal, a musician’s hard choices, death with dignity, racism and war, and losing a parent. The album concludes with an instrumental inspired by author and soundtracker Gordon Hempton, played entirely on a single acoustic guitar.

The sound of Treelines and Skylines emerges from the contributions of rocker Sue Cag and folker Kim Dicso. The album contains more softer material than Folkstar’s previous album with a lot of acoustic lead from Cag. Blues, alternative, pop, hard rock, classic rock, funk, singer-songwriter, and southern style genres influenced the production. Songwriting is of prime importance to the duo and is split evenly between them.
For more, please visit Folkstar at http://folkstar.net.
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New Folkstar Album Loud and Clear is Now Available!

Karmic Fury Records artist Folkstar has just released their second album Loud and Clear! You can purchase it on their website or on iTunes, as well as local Wilmington retailers Gravity Records and Alman Gifts. For a sneak peek listen before you buy, visit http://folkstar.bandcamp.com.

Loud and Clear by Folkstar

Here’s a little bit about the album:

Folkstar’s new album Loud and Clear is an intensely ambitious 16-track work of art. Folkstar’s Kim Dicso and Sue Cag speak their minds on this album, with songs covering life and death, suicide and dreams, the flaws of our society and the beauty of our world.

Folkstar tackles teen bullying in the song “It Gets Better” (inspired by the It Gets Better Project). They scrutinize our manufactured lives in “Fabrication” and “Everybody Knows” and expose animal exploitation in “Human” and the jazzy number “Abolitionists.” Crowd favorite “Could You Be” is an anthem about love and dreams, as is “Dream Thieves.” Songs exploring death include “Final Curtain” and “New Eyes,” which delve into the emotional complexities of losing someone. Of course there are songs about love as well, such as “Trampoline” and “Ice Queen,” reminiscent of Folkstar’s debut album Emotional Bootcamp. Finally, the title track “Loud and Clear” tells the story of Cag’s hearing loss and talks about a “wake up call,” a common theme throughout the album.

Folkstar fearlessly creates music of substance. Although formed in North Carolina and labeled folk-rock, their music features a variety of influences including west coast rock, indie, blues, jazz, and of course, acoustic singer-songwriter folk and intense guitar laden rock ‘n’ roll.