What we have here is an imaginative mashup of traditional style folk music with early 2000s electronica, Loop Guru style. It was actually made around then and I think you can tell, from the beats perspective at least, but that isn’t to say it isn’t any good; it is. But some songs do have quite a timeless feel to them, particularly Bold Lamkin.
It’s interesting to note Sharon’s notes on the page which say that despite interest from fRoots magazine and appearances on BBC radio, they couldn’t get a label to release it at the time. Now, of course, with the democratization of music that is the mayhem of internet disruption style, anyone can realease anything (and I do). I read in a recent Cober interview that this might be bad because if music is free everywhere – and it kind of is, isn’t it? – then people will devalue it.
I think there’s a lot of ways of looking at this, and no right one. On the one hand, it means the people left making it will be the people who genuinely have a calling to do it rather than those who think it might be a ticket to fame or adoration – they have social media for that now, and something else probably soon. On the other it does mean you may have to wade through a lot of music you personally don’t like in order to find stuff you do. I don’t have a problem with that but not everyone has my restless quest for new music, and I can see that the retreat of many people into only going out to see covers bands and tribute bands may be related to this. They know what they like and the like what they know, not realising that there was a time when they didn’t know that thing, and also not admitting that something they don’t know now can become known and liked by giving it a chance.
But as long as people like Sharon and Dave (R.I.P) keep the experimental flame alive, the good thing about this democratization is that they have an avenue to share that and inspire people.