From the tumultuous melting pot of the London musical circuit, Folly Group were cast. With three of the quartet moving in together to a house in Leyton (which would eventually become their studio, too), Sean Harper, Louis Milburn and Tom Doherty inevitably found themselves experimenting. The addition of close friend Kai Akinde-Hummel, playing percussion and sampler, proved to be the missing piece of the puzzle, and soon Folly Group’s unique positioning of tone and atmosphere had morphed not just into a coherent project but a furiously brilliant live prospect.
The band was recently lauded by Joe Talbot of IDLES while curating a BBC Radio 6 Music show. Talbot said: “Every track is so good. They haven’t released anything that isn’t amazing… my favourite song of the year [is ‘Sand Fight’].” Folly Group were also invited to collaborate with Metronomy on the Posse EP Volume 1 last year, which featured Biig Piig and Sorry.
Whilst still early in their impressive ascent, their music has showcased Folly Group’s versatility throughout, veering from anxious freneticism to primal danceability at the flick of a switch. Their singles have been A-Listed at BBC Radio 6 Music, and that band has enjoyed repeat airplay from the station’s Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Cillian Murphy, Tom Robinson, Orlando Weeks, Amy Lamé and Chris Hawkins.
See what all the fuss is about at Yes this March.