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Fermata Caesura – Empty Promises
Release Date: November 18, 2022
Label: The Alien Farm
Format: Single | Digital
Genre: Chamber Rock / Folk Noir
Origin: Madison, WI, USA
Of Dark Romanticism and Atmospheric Folk Rock
Wisconsin’s quartet Fermata Caesura were formed after guitar player Eli August place an ad on Craigslist. The surprise was not that he found musicians who shared similar ideas than himself. The big deal is that Eli found his soulmates: Thillman Benham (cello), Cody Davis (upright bass) and Lisa Mazza Hamilton (vocals). Together they are Fermata Caesura, and they have released two full-lenths albums since 2009.
In their music, the band from Wisconsin combines lyrics inspired by American Romanticism and Folk Tales with cinematic sonic environments. The music is influenced by mid-20th century Folk Rock, Protest Folk, the darkness of Post-genres, and pure passion for the beauty within darkness. Their Chamber Rock, as the band calls their style, is a hot recommendation for fans of Folk Noir in the vein Mäkkelä or British Protest Folk band Crazy Arm’s album „The Southern Wild„.
Are we on a One-Way-Street?
If melancholy and heartbreak were liquids, this song would be an ocean. The song about a relationship that is far beyond haf-life perfectly depicts the thick sadness of this moment of awareness. Like moths that dance around a lamp which is about to expire, the song’s protagonists seem to squeeze every bit of joy and memory out of the ‚Empty Promises‘ that their relationship has turned into. Sad, aware, but not yet ready to commit, this dance becomes an impressively beautiful and thrilling Chamber Folk anthem.