Sunshine ..is the perfect gateway into this audio voyage of discovery ..and pleasure .Followed by its original B side When you grow Old . I rate Smoke Fairies as the most exciting new British act combining an alternative folk tinged with old blues and rock. Superbly recorded, with legends such as drummer Andy Newmark guesting there is nothing out there like this lot . A lot of people are taking these girls very seriously indeed . This is a compilation of singles n stuff and the perfect way to immerse yourself in what this pair have been up to so far. the blend of vocals delivered by both Katherine Blamire & Jessica Davies feels like it must have taking decades to finely tune to arrive at what we are listening to on this album. But as impressive is the guitar playing which is utterly superb . If your a fan of Fahey or Michael Chapman you will appreciate the playing here ..listen to 'Troubles' or 'Frozen heart' my advice is grab your self a copy then get the new album as there's even more amazing stuff on there too. !
Stunning album, which combines lovely, haunting melodies from the two singers which compliment each other wonderfully, and a strong bluesy-folk electric & accoustic guitar lick which gives the whole a depth and bite. Intelligent, sophisticated music which deserves to be much better known.
This good value double albums is a collection of mainly early Smoke Fairies recordings that didn't appear on their first two albums and is a not surprising mixture of the excellent (e,g, Frozen Heart, Living with Ghosts), the good (e.g. Sunshine, Bones and When You Grow Old) and two or three that probably won't merit a release if it wasn't for their historical and curiosity value.
A must for Smoke Fairies's fans and - even if you're not - it's still pretty decent listening for anyone who has a weakness for slightly off-beat bluesy folk - especially where the performers can actually sing.