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At its heart, music is born of fusion: between vibration and silence, melody and rhythm. Folkstar, a musical collaboration between Kim Dicso and Sue Cag, is a rich brew of diverse influences. Dicso’s acoustic folk groove and elegant lyricism contrast perfectly with the raw fire of Cag’s bluesy guitar. The result approaches magic, crafting thought provoking lyrics over a sea of deep and raw emotion.
Folkstar’s sophomore album, Loud and Clear, was released in August 2013 on Karmic Fury Records. Loud and Clear is notable for both the band’s distinct sound and the breadth of its lyrical matter. Weighing in at 16 tracks, the album covers a lot of bold and often personal ground. The title track deals with Cag’s hearing loss and the resulting emotional and physical fallout, with her distorted guitar mirroring her audial experience. “Final Curtain” and “New Eyes” offer meditations on death and loss, albeit from different viewpoints. Brian Tucker of Wilmington Star News describes “Final Curtain” as “channel[ing] Neil Young/Crazy Horse to great effect…Cag’s guitar catches fire.” Dicso and Cag plunge headlong into LGBT issues in “It Gets Better,” a song about teen bullying and suicide dedicated to the It Gets Better Project. “Fabrication” and “Everybody Knows” address other universal social concerns, focusing Folkstar’s insightful lyrics into an exploration of the manufactured nature of contemporary life and the impact it has on those who dare to dream.
Although formed in North Carolina and labeled folk-rock, Folkstar’s 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. Both Loud and Clear and Folkstar's debut album Emotional Bootcamp have been played on radio stations nationwide and the band continues to tour the east and west coasts.