Track Review: Paralyse Me Where I Stand // Flaming June
Inspired by artists like LadyHawke, First Aid Kit and PJ Harvey, Flaming June enjoys telling stories with her unique sound. The brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and producer Louise Eatock, the UK-based artist is following her dream of a musical career. With a distinctive desire to tell tales through music, Louise has been writing songs since her teenage years and is now a singer-songwriter with a loyal following. Featured on BBC Radio 6, Sinusoidal Music, Pop Fad Blog and Less Than 1000 Followers, Flaming June has reached listeners on several continents. The latest addition to her well-received discography is ‘Paralyse Me Where I Stand’.
Described by Sinusoidal Music as having songs to “…stand the test of time”, Flaming June has a sophisticated sound with distinctive obscurity. Following the melancholic folk single ‘The Ballad of Daniel Dawson’, ‘Paralyse Me Where I Stand’ is upbeat, attention-grabbing and forceful in its delivery. While there is a reminiscence to the iconic Carol King in her songwriting, Flaming June utilises the upbeat speed of Alanis Morissette in her sound. Yes, I know Alanis Morissette is not a folk singer but ‘Paralyse Me Where I Stand’ incorporates the feistiness of her unique rock music; however, Flaming June places her stamp on the track making it unimitable.
The second single off her upcoming album Hope In A Jar (set for release in November), ‘Paralyse Me Where I Stand’ is an upbeat, toe-tapping whirlpool of sound. Flaming June shares that the track “…expresses the feeling of overwhelm and being in a constant state of fight or flight” – something that is truly evident in the tumultuous melody and harmonic vocals. Aptly named, the track is an incredible paralytic touching on the themes of survival in an intimate narrative. I had not heard of Flaming June before this point but I cannot get this song out of my head with its anthemic nature. Definitely looking forward to her upcoming album.