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An excellent "debut",
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This review is from: Through Low Light And Trees (Audio CD)
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 interesting. Smoke Fairies certainly draw on the past - noticeably the blues and 60s/70s West Coast stuff; there are even echoes of Kate Bush - but they have drawn on those influences to make something rather magical. Their style of guitar playing (lots of finger-picking and slide) and the mood of several songs partly justifies the Americana tag that has been applied to them. But there is also something unmistakeably English about them, a result of the church-hymnal quality of the vocal harmonies, but also the pastoral and even whimsical sensibility of certain songs (Storm Song and Dragon, for example). Accomplished musicianship and good songwriting are here combined to winning effect to produce one of the best things I have heard in recent years. And if you like this, try some of the earlier stuff: the compilation "Ghosts" and the hard-to-get-hold-of "Strange the Things" are equally as impressive.