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This Is A Reflection - Signed ~ Smoke Fairies
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS A REVELATION, 28 Dec 2012
... and just when foolishly you realised that you had begun to think you might be able to predict the next step in this band's unique evolution, they pull a dark one.
`This Is A Reflection' is a powerful mini-album of five cover songs, in full blooded, lustrous vinyl; the range of the music is as remarkable as the ease with which it is brought to life.
The opener, Ann Peebles' `Do I Need You' was written nearly forty years ago, but is ripe for re-invention, with the band's assured voices contrasting sweetly with the subtle rhythm section. Bassist Kristofer Harris also lends an able hand to the record's production, while Katherine Blamire's organ adds a different and effective… Read more
Blood Speaks ~ Smoke Fairies
Blood Speaks ~ Smoke Fairies
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SPIRIT SPEAKS, 1 Sep 2012
Smoke Fairies' second official album sees them moving forward on several fronts: musically, thematically and lyrically. This expanded edition includes three additional tracks which enhance and diversify further this excellent piece of work. More of them later.
There is a muscular melancholy in the two singles positioned near the beginning of the album. `Let Me Know' is brief piece of thrusting, but controlled longing, while `The Three of Us' is a gutsy and expansive exploration of the impact of a journey upon relationships and identity, guitars and cymbals slashing through the swaggering rhythm section. The lyrics seem stark and functionally descriptive at first, until the tensions… Read more
Through Low Light And Trees ~ Smoke Fairies
Through Low Light And Trees ~ Smoke Fairies
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FROM SUNSHINE TO BLISS, 10 Oct 2010
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,… Read more

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