‘Three’ is, of course, the third album by Littlebow. Katie English (Isnaj Dui, The Sly and Unseen) and Keiron Phelan (Orla Wren) ply their ceaselessly shapeshifting musical melange, now with added vocals and harp from Brona McVittie. Joyous times for the summer and beyond. Only 100 of these sweet CDrs in handmade, screen-printed sleeve, designed as ever by Katie English. On Rural Colours.
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Littlebow's previous album 'Pi Magpie' was an unusual concoction of flute led melodies that had a dislocated feel as if the band were just unable to settle on something pretty and instead set about making life awkward for all of us. Fascinating music that makes you work hard.
This follow up album eschews experimentation and lets itself be pretty. This is extraordinarily gorgeous music plucked out of nylon strung guitars, cello and that ever present beautiful flute. The duo of Katie English (Isnaj Dui/The Sly and Unseen) and Kieron Phelan (State River Widening/Phelan Sheppard) augmented by vocalist/harpist Brona McVittie have made an album of rural rustic folk that stands up to and possibly betters Phelan/Sheppards 'Harps Old Master', an album I never tire of droning on about.
The opening two tracks glint like raindrops on a valley hillside, 'The Swing That Creaks For the Child That Weeps' wandering off like a lost rambler on Mytholm Steeps. 'The Damned Erudition Of Damien O'Hara' has exquisitely complex folk repeating kraut like spiralling round in dizzying fashion whilst 'Some May Transition' combines exquisite Bert Jansch style guitar plucks with a wonderous cascade of horns and harps. 'Too Green These Widows weeds' has a jazzy improvised feel with gorgeous vocals which allows thoughts of Nina Simone in Hardcastle Crags.
A sweetly thrilling album of woody, leafy folk compositions that truly disarm. One of this years very best albums and it's ridiculously limited so get in quick.
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