Rakoczy – Frontrunner

Album Review | Talking Cat | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

The debut album by Anglo-Hungarian folk singer Rakoczy opens with an earth tremor of a calling on song, as Phil Martin’s “Hooden Horse” is treated to dramatic pipes, pulsating drums and a no-nonsense vocal delivery, courtesy of this young Budapest-born, now Manchester-based performer.  With a clear equine theme, initially illustrated by the cover photo of a close-up of a horse’s eye, the songs include Ian Anderson’s “Heavy Horses”, which rubs hoofs easily with such traditional fare as “Poor Old Horse”, Skewbald” and “Dead Horse”.  Whilst Rakoczy’s own music hall-flavoured “Miss Portly”, demonstrates a breezy delivery, whilst addressing an early example of the cruel world of bet fixing,  “Creeping Jane” is probably the album’s highlight, the first single release in fact and a song  that clearly evokes the spirit of 1970s Martin Carthy, with a Millenial sensibility.  There’s nothing here that indicates anything other than a fresh slant on a familiar body of work.

Choice Track: Creeping Jane (NSV 508)