This single marks a musical coming of age for Smoke Fairies. 'Sunshine' evolves with an assured sophistication: first delicate, then urgent and finally transformed by a bold break on the viola. The confidence of the whole is sustained by the interwoven layers of voice and discreet textures of percussion.
`When You Grow Old' is a perfectly developed harmony of guitar and voice: the former two instruments echoing each other with a shrewd and sinewy beauty. The lyric, delivered with wistful penetration, nails that kind of melancholic truth which leaves you wanting more.
And the two are bound by that Smoke Fairies' trademark: elegance without compromise