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Through Low Light And Trees [CD]

Smoke Fairies Audio CD
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Smoke Fairies’ outstanding new album, the eponymously titled Smoke Fairies, shows the band in top form, combining their classic approach whilst exploring new forms of musical expression – but it is an album that they nearly didn’t make.

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  • Audio CD (6 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: V2 Coop
  • ASIN: B003UNN5YW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,667 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Summer Fades
2. Devil in My Mind
3. Hotel Room
4. Dragon
5. Erie Lackawanna
6. Strange Moon Rising
7. Morning Blues
8. Storm Song
9. Blue Skies Fall
10. Feeling Is Turning Blue
11. After the Rain

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BBC Review

With a name like that it would ill behove the Sussex duo of Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies (who are Smoke Fairies) to deal in anything but ethereal, folk-tinged melancholy and wistful, wonderstruck song craft. Right enough, that’s pretty much exactly what they deliver on this, their debut proper – the follow up to Ghosts, a singles and obscurities round up released to some acclaim last spring. Certainly, if romantic English folk languor à la Sandy Denny is your bag then Through Low Light and Trees ought to be an essential purchase.

Opening song Summer Fades, perfectly timed for early September contemplation, sets the album’s brooding, autumnal tone; gauzy, reverberant electric guitars and wraithlike keyboards framing the duo’s yearning, lustrous two-part harmonies as they intone the inquiring, shiver-inducing chorus, "Can you love me like you loved someone you loved so long ago?" Devil in My mind introduces strident drums and meandering fiddle – shades of prime Fairport Convention – while Hotel Room has a less rural, explicitly English feel, its insistent guitars, brisk rhythms, moody Hammond organ and stark lyrics ("It’s just a hotel room / And we’re only human") evocative of existential angst beneath the strip lights and peeling paint. Dragon, meanwhile – a tale of a damsel not so much in distress but out for vengeance against the titular beast – is a rolling, piano-propelled folk song worthy (and reminiscent) of Lionheart-period Kate Bush.

Elsewhere, Strange Moon Rising bears testament to time the duo spent in New Orleans early in their career. Its sinuous slide guitars and overt blues structure don’t seem to have much in common with leafy Sussex and, allied to the girls’ unmediated Home Counties accents, it ought to be distractingly incongruous; but somehow they pull it off, the disparate elements fusing into a seductive, hothouse orchid of a song. Morning Blues pulls off a similar trick with rustic folk-blues guitar supporting airy chorale descants.

For all the minor detours, Through Low Light and Trees is consistent in proffering a dreamy, timeless music which could have been recorded at any time in the last 40-odd years. That in itself is a kind of recommendation.

--David Sheppard

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Debut 27 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
If you have a penchant for haunting, beautiful, ethereal music, then the Smoke Fairies are made for you. I became aware of the duo last year through 'Living With Ghosts' and 'Frozen Heart', two tracks that have etched themselves indelibly on my memory with their cyclical guitar licks and fragile vocals . It was, therefore, with some anticipation that I awaited their debut CD and I'm pleased to say it does not disappoint. The album is filled with well-crafted songs and gorgeous harmonies that are guaranteed to maintain your interest. I did notice that their bluesy guitar sound has mellowed slightly and is not quite as prominent as on their earlier EP but it's a minor carp. I can't wait to go and see them live but until then I'll be more than content with this truly original and stunning album.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Smokin' Album 12 Sep 2010
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Previous single and EP releases have earmarked Smoke Fairies as a band to keep an eye on, and here at long last is their debut long-player. It's been worth the wait.

The latest in a long line of contemporary artists pushing back the boundaries of traditional folk music, the Fairies conjure up a totally compelling mix of the musick of olde England with the swampy sounds of the Mississippi Delta. God knows how or why it works; but it does, and often spectacularly so.

The time they reportedly spent living and working in New Orleans is clearly evident, as is the influence of working with Jack White, never more so than on the stirring "Strange Moon Rising" which opens with a grungy blues motif that sounds like it's about to morph into a cover of the Raconteurs' "Carolina Drama". These girls can work an insistent riff through a song as effortlessly as if they'd lived their entire lives in the Deep South, "Devil In My Mind" and "Storm Song" being other strong examples.

When the blues inflexions are temporarily left aside, as on (paradoxically) "Morning Blues", the girls' insistently beautiful voices are given room to shine through, arguably the most striking two-part female harmonies since Kate and Anna McGarrigle.

Presumably with an eye on widening the fanbase and 'crossing over' to the mainstream, the major label production has smoothed off just a little of the Fairies' previous edginess. There's nothing here quite as dark, chilling or haunting as "Living With Ghosts" or "Frozen Heart", but no doubt about it this is still one very fine album.

An album for those long winter nights that lie ahead.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must buy. 9 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
Possibly my album of the year up to now. Both Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies are great musicians with wonderful voices. Their harmonies are a joy to listen to. The tracks are all original and range from trad type feel, through blues to 60s psychedelic folk.

This is a must buy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FROM SUNSHINE TO BLISS 10 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
Each release by Smoke Fairies is driven by a strong sense of time or place. Their first elusive album, `Strange The Things' played the opening, stirring bars in what has become a fascinating canon of work, characterised by a natural flair for following the right tune, or the inspiration of a place.
Those principles made that 2005 release an explosion of ideas, and in the intervening years the band have dodged any convenient or conventional development, releasing the equivalent of another two albums though various singles, downloads, EPs and demos. Singles such as `Living With Ghosts', Sunshine and `Gastown' have been signposts of the evolving live tradition of Smoke Fairies: warm, distinct and musically agile.
`Through Low Light and Trees' colours a new landscape. It is a proper album: honed and delivered in one setting, Cornwall, and seasoned by the weather, the light and the cycles of some unknown corner of that special place.
`Summer Fades' is a significant opener: understated, melodic and subtle in its invocation of the originalities of autumn. At the same time, the band emerges with an assured restraint: voice, guitars, viola, bass, drums, the last three instruments surging through a number of songs with a muscular pulse.
The next two songs, `Devil In My Mind' and `Hotel Room' - which swerve and swagger and mutter with late night insights - might be pigeonholed as `bluesy'. But they simply take the principles of what some would call `folkier' songs and let the musicianship swell. The band have spent years on the road playing their way out of any convenient category and `Through Low Light And Trees' proves this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Debut album 9 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
Smoke Fairies have a unique sound and this debut album has haunting melodies combined with compelling lyrics and beautiful vocals. Reminiscent of the best of 70's folk rock, this is an album you can listen to endlessly, and contains what Mark Riley ( BBC 6music) said was the best single of the year (Hotel Room) - Radcliffe and Maconie (Radio2) said they loved it 4 times when they played it for their pick and mix. Highly recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange but very interesting 29 Sep 2010
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Bought this a result of other reviews on . It's a strange ecclectic mixture of blues, folk rock, psychedelic rock et al. It's well worth a listen and I have bought 3 more copies of it for Xmas presents for old survivors of the 60's and 70's that I know!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Love this cd! Smoke Fairies make hauntingly beautiful music and I could listen to this over and over - in fact I probably will! HIghly recommended album.
Published 1 month ago by Sarah Lambert
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Smoke Fairies is a British Folk/Rock band headed up by Sussex born Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies, who before making this album, lived in New Orleans for a year to steep... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Eamonn MacNeill
5.0 out of 5 stars good value
got this as a present for the brother just what he was looking for so happy with purchase would recommend
Published 14 months ago by Liam Malone
4.0 out of 5 stars through low light and trees the fearies hide
the CD was very nice we enjoyed the mystical sounds and really glad we bought it, thankyou for the recommendation.
Published 18 months ago by paul simons
5.0 out of 5 stars Through lowlight and trees.
The Smoke Fairies Through lowlight and trees their name and the title of the album says it all. It is spookily poetic enchanting and beautiful.
Published 19 months ago by Nadi
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a listen
Sometimes you think the voices are not quite right but after a couple of listens that fades away and the beauty of the whole thing comes through. Read more
Published 21 months ago by P. Salmon
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Great Voices. Great sound. Great album. Recommend these girls to anyone. Need to buy more of their albums. Unique sound
Published 21 months ago by Kim Willis-Austin
4.0 out of 5 stars Singing Angels
Although The Smoke Fairies don't make my exact type of music, i must confess that i find them wonderful. Read more
Published 23 months ago by André
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
Saw the reviews and really expected something special and "new". I was really looking forward to hearing it. Read more
Published on 9 July 2012 by S. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent "debut"
I find myself in my late 40s and unimpressed by much contemporary music. And then something comes along to re-awaken my interest, something that sounds new or fresh and... Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2012 by Dr Do Little
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