The Mystery Of The Seven Stars

by Ola Kobak

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The Mystery of Seven Stars is Pretoria-based but Poland-inspired Fulka's first album. But there's very little of the influence of provincial Snor City that mark this existential journey, dealing with mythical themes of redemption and hope, of fragility and decay.

Fulka's drawcard lies in their clever merging of electronica and folk, making not only the often intimidating aural landscape of electronica palatable to listeners, but using it to showcase the complexity inherent to the seeming simplicity of the folk genre.

Tracks such as Misunderstood and The Bear Song are particularly good examples of this eclectic marriage, and the juxtapositions continue in the trajectory of struggle which marks most of the songs' lyrics. In fact, thematically the album seems to deal with humanity's inability to understand the paradoxes that undergird their transient stay in an often hostile world. But Fulka never lapses into nihilism or despair – instead there is a sense of light laced through the album, of different, better worlds, or simply of repair of that which is broken. This ties in with the band name, which not only reflects the music's folk strains, but which, interestingly enough, in its original Proto-Germanic context, means host of warriors, emphasizing a need to fight for that which is true. All this could sound as if Fulka take themselves way too seriously, but a sense of the playful and the fun remains, as evidenced by the last track, which consists of leadsinger Ola Kobak's childhood ramblings of Polish folk rhymes.

It's somewhat sad that these Polish influences of Kobak's background as first-generation Polish South African are not further explored in the album, but is perhaps something which will come to fruition in later work. All considered, a thoughtful and well executed debut, which should satisfy both electronica enthusiasts and folk aficionados alike, or even just those stumbling on the road less travelled.


By Anjo-marí Gouws
October 2010

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released October 11, 2010

Fulka is Ola Kobak, Jacob Israel, Corné Roodt, Christian Henn and Jean-Louise Nel.

Music, arrangements and lyrics written by Ola Kobak.
Additional arrangements: Viola by Jean-Louise Nel on 'Dancing In Our Darkest Days' and Banjo by Corné Roodt on 'Misunderstood', 'Kawdesh Erets' and 'Adam'.

Produced by Jacob Israel & Ola Kobak.
Mixed and recorded by Jacob Israel at Benjamin, Pretoria, South Africa. www.benjaminstudio.co.za
Mastered by Rogan Kelsey at Lapdust Audio Mastering in Johannesburg, South Africa. www.lapdust.com

Illustrations by Cindy Tomczyk. www.cindytomczyk.com
Design, art direction and layout by Ola Kobak.

All instruments played by Ola Kobak except the following:
Marcus Wyatt: Trumpet Solo on track 1.
Zbyszek Kobak: Trombone on track 4, 9 and 10.
Janus van der Merwe: Double Bass on track 7.
Corné Roodt: Banjo on track 1, 2 and 8.
Jean-Louise Nel: Viola on track 1, 3, 5, 8 and 9.

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Track Name: Kadesh Erets (feat. Marcus Wyatt)
Lyrics:

Cluster of mortals journey through portals
To leap into the sky
Fly high glide by
His winged leopards as our shepherds rise
He guards his flock in the night
Unfold Unlock

Law of this land does not understand
But Thumnus he was there held my hand
Nothing dies none lies here children
Christos has come again

Kawdesh Erets

To him who overcomes He'll give the right
To pacific plums Moon Guns oh sit tight
Tree of Life surrounds the perfect night
Sound Kings travelling at the speed of light

Law of this land does not understand
But Thumnus he was there held my hand
Nothing dies none lies here children
Christos has come again
Track Name: Misunderstood
Lyrics:

Misunderstood
God himself could frown upon the earth
Tears for granted
take them hand them down
count their worth

Mountains, rivers and streams
Birds, bees, cats in the trees call Peter and Paul

Lazy days in the streets
Rumbling for soft ice cream oh
What a shithole.

Lilla coughs up blood
God himself could stop the pain
But never does
When we gather and pray
Lay our hands on her and say
stay longer
Things dont happen as planned
I dont understand his time without end
Jacob dies his work is done on the earth then blessed his children.

Soul you better hear Him now
Live your days like Joshua from now
See the banner in the photograph
The eagle dances and the horse runs round the back
Spirit come and take your stand
Speak and heal, control the land
Deliver me from sentiment again
Another begs on the pavement
I drive right by ignore him
The guilt he drives uproots men born
of the tree of noesis and evil
Track Name: Alpine
Lyrics:

When the darkness
Seeks the light
When the kindness
breaks the fight
When the moment is right
When the burden is light
I will stand on the alpine with you

When the darkness
Seeks the light
When the kindness
breaks the fight
When the moment is right
When the burden is light
I will stand on the alpine with you

Father, take all my soul, ego, my world
Destroy, take all my world
Father, take all my soul, ego, my world
Destroy, take all my world
Take all

Father, take my strongholds
Make them erode
Decayed and made known
Track Name: I Fell When You Spoke
Lyrics:

I could never love like You do
You loved me at my darkest moments
When I pushed you away, I tied you up, spoke badly of your friends
Yet You chose to stay.

You looked me in the eyes and said:
I only see the best
And so I cried, after I lied, I slept on the floor,
Inside my mind, expected to die, you came you took
Your yoke is easy and burden is light.

I fell when you spoke
I fell when you...

I fell when you spoke
I fell when you spoke and you took me a floating
Track Name: Not That We Have Already Attained
Lyrics:

They made it law
For the nobles to score
On her wedding night, they take her away
Return her and claim
That she's a whore

She poured him a bath
And took off her clothes
They had just met and then made warm love
And then he read

Hush my little darling don't you cry
Coz freedom is well on the rise
Clench your fists and bite your tongue
The enemy will surely
Fall to the ground
Track Name: The Bear Song
Lyrics:

Time would only tell
How your grace to me
Rang into wedding bells
In soft harmonies
You fight off a breeding spell
In your company
the light in you is a story to tell

You were born a mystery to me
I'll open the doors you closed
The secrets in the key
And in me
I trust the lord in you I do believe
May I wash your feet

Time could only tell
How our lives will be
No matter how much we shout and yell
In our home to be
You are the pearl in my oyster shell
Under cherry trees
We sing and play monopolys

You have soared excelled and will succeed
I'll love you for who you are despite mistakes to be
And when we mess up ill keep the secrets in my heart
Until death do us part
Track Name: Adam
Lyrics:

Hey flightless dove
Where'd you go
All alone
Is dominion over the earth not enough

After the fall power froze
In our souls
You were tempted and the cunning snake had you sold

Oh adam

He made the choice to be free so the voice
Of the father Said son I must drive you out
I'm no different from adam I have made many mistakes
Lucky me I'm forgiven

Oh adam

It's latent (repeat)
Theres power in us but only frozen
Destroy your soul its our choice to be chosen
Release the spirit and set it in motion
Or drink the dust that lies on the ocean

Theres power in us but only frozen
Destroy your soul its our choice to be chosen
Release the spirit and set it in motion
Or drink the dust that lies on the ocean floor
Track Name: Dancing In Our Darkest Days
Lyrics:

Four pm an hour to go the day is over and
Traffic ahead microwave the frozen bread
I can't
Wait until vacation work is over and then we
Cycle on our velo's in the forests with baskets

So we dance and grow on through our darkest days
We dance away, (away) (repeats)

We dance and grow on through our darkest days
We dance away, (away) (repeats)
Track Name: The Mystery Of The Seven Stars
Lyrics:

Spears and eagles in the air
Dear there's nothing left to spare
Know that Omega is here he will stay
Know that the potion is only a slave

Cheers and people in despair
Dear times out the Judge declares
Oh the commotion we all knew this day
Oh the disruption, division make way

Look He's coming with the clouds and every eye will see Him
Who is Who was and Whose to

Write therefore what you have seen what is now and will be
The mystery of the seven stars that you have seen in me

ooh I'll never let you go

Blessed is the breath of His mouth
Sacred is the eyes of the One
Trust in this His army will come
Army will come

Look He's coming with the clouds and every eye will see Him
Who is Who was and Whose to come