A London-based four-piece is playing a new kind of folk: we could call it folk gone bad. Cece Wyldeck (lead vocals and guitar), Dom Cheung (lead guitar), Jacob Hollebon (bass), David Churchyard (drums) comprise the Wyldeck, a group that decided to transform all preconceived notions of the music genre with its obscure layers.
Some reviews have been pointing out that the Wyldeck have a dangerous aura around them. It looks like their songs are so daring and captivating that it feels right to hear folk sound so hazy. “A darkly atmospheric folk beauty full of intrigue and hypnotic rhythms that combines the ethereal, rhythmic patterns of a Bat for Lashes with the Americana sounds of Widowspeak – something I cannot help but fall for,” said the writer of Just Music That I Like’s website.
The band members come from Peckham and Twickenham to innovate and give a new label of folk we don’t hear much nowadays. Folk is supposed to be unifying, yes. Folk might as well sound like an amalgam of all corners of the world. It is frequently associated with a sweet utopia.
This time around, the sweet has become nasty. The Wyldeck plays this fantastical and glorified kind of folk. It appears that behind every song there is a myth, a county of mystery and oblivion, told through the haunting notes of their instrumental compositions.
These childhood friends are determined to nurture a hypnotic, dark folk rock wave, and we can already imagine it will be an accomplished task. “The music mixes these lullaby moments with tinges of dark rock perfectly. The powerful guitar strokes in the upbeat numbers resonate and are definitely addictive. Wyldeck’s songs are rich in memorable riffs and flowing melodies, successfully reminiscent of lost folk songs,” reviewed it Felix Online.
The fantastic four managed to excel at creating something undeniably fresh. They started by releasing “Wolves”, a slow and breath-taking track, that was their first hit in the industry. Realizing the recipe worked quite well, the group has embraced this slightly indie, enigmatic rhythm and dark, intriguing characteristic atmosphere to the bone and the audiences haven’t yet complained.