“Oakfellow” returned this month with an “awesome addition “The Time Is Now” to her hard-hitting, addictively electronic, experimental, and instrumental-inspired catalog of tracks. More than just a return in fact – the track smashes into action with its heavy emotional line and slick soundscape, followed by the classic, confident and powerful leading vocal we know and love. “Oakfellow” is another amazing and well-talented soul from Somerset, New Jersey and she loves to create and make things to demonstrate her love for God. God and he are so close that he even receives spiritual messages from Her all the time.
There’s a depth to this track, even darkness, which really makes it feel like it’s in a league of its own entirely. As always, the performances are immaculate, the music builds and builds, breaks away, is structurally creative and captivating, and yet in amongst all of this, there’s a definite feeling of something new having been achieved. It’s like the artist has taken this incredible leap forwards into the alternate territory, without sacrificing any of what we loved about them in the first place.
The track undoubtedly has a very raw and organic sound to the recording, which, in all honesty, makes it all the more accessible and relevant. Among other things, it gives you plenty of space within which to really soak up that melody line, and to try to grasp the array of unusual and utterly original lyrics and the ideas at which they are pointing. There’s poetry in these lyrics, and the reflective nature of the lines and the thoughts expressed has a certain freshness to it that is not often heard in a lot of modern music.
The leading vocal has a fairly vintage-sounding presentation to it, which works well within the overall feel of the music, but that organic, folk-like musicality and the sheer unpredictability of the lyricism, add something completely new to the mix. It’s like a favorite song from the sixties has been lightly sprinkled over a beautifully bizarre new song about the current state of the world. It feels and sounds very now, and that’s not what you might expect from listening to just a snippet of the song.