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.
released August 20, 2013
This album exists for and because of those who dare to dream and create, to inspire and be inspired; for those who have ever felt lonely and different and have used it as fuel to become their own rockstars; and for those who have spoken their truths and inspired us to do the same. May you see yourselves in what we’ve created just as we see ourselves in you.
Kim Dicso: lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, trumpet
Sue Cag: electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboard, backing vocals, and acoustic guitar on “Human” and “Trampoline”
Leslie Wiegle: backing vocals on “Something New” and “Afterglow”
Dylan Linehan: piano on “Dream Thieves” and “Afterglow”
Nic Martinez: bass guitar on “Natural High”
Preston Luce: cello on “Afterglow”
Photography by Megan Deitz (booklet front and back, booklet portraits) and Sue Cag (front cover, back cover, inset lyric photographs)
Art Direction/Design by Kimberly Baker at Shatterbeck Visual Creations
Produced by Sue Cag
Recorded at Karmic Fury Records, Hampstead, North Carolina
Mixed by Karen Kane at The North Bend Room, Wilmington, North Carolina
Mastered by João Carvalho at João Carvalho Mastering, Toronto, Canada
All songs written by Sue Cag and Kim Dicso of Folkstar
Published by Karmic Fury Records (ASCAP)
℗ © 2013 Karmic Fury Records. All Rights Reserved.