Smoke Fairies
From: London, UK

Jessica Davies
Katherine Blamire

Sounds like: sorrow, pain, and beauty.

I came across the Smoke Fairies completely by chance when they opened for somebody else at a tiny gig over a year ago. I can't for the life of me remember who they were opening for. That's in large part due to the fact that I was too busy falling absolutely head over heels for Jess and Kaf's aching, heartbreakingly lovely songs. Songs like 'Living with Ghosts' and 'Troubles' built moody, complex stories with little more than two-part harmonies and American roots guitar playing. It was, in a word, magical.

Fast forward a year or so, and the Smoke Fairies have acquired a drummer, spent time touring with Bryan Ferry, gotten Ed Harcourt to play in their backing band, and have recorded a bunch of new songs, which are currently making me fall for them all over again. A little more instrumentation (most notably, bits of piano melodies), a little different orchestration, but the same folksy textures and gothic storytelling combine to make powerful, irresistable music.

Favorite song: Wake You Up

Other reading:
Smoke Fairies interview on TuneTribe
Lobster Quadrille Magazine review


1 Comment:

jakew65 said...

i just listened to the music , they just mixed new accords well.