Moulettes release the first single from forthcoming album The Bear’s Revenge on May 28th. on Balling The Jack Records. The band have chosen live favourite, ’Sing Unto Me’ as the A-side and have included a bumper package of B-sides and remixes, totalling over half an hour of entrancing Moulettes music. Illustrious former Moulette, Ted Dwane, now of Mumford & Sons, returned to play and sing on these recordings, and is “as pleased as Punch” with them!
The band handed esteemed Guardian critic Robin Denselow an unmastered copy at the Royal Festival Hall’s New Year’s Eve party, where they were playing, and he wrote effusively about the track a few days later.
“Quirky, gently chilling and upbeat in turn, Moulettes match fine female harmonies against cello, violin and bassoon. They were in excellent, unpredictable form at the Southbank.”
The melodic, haunting ‘Sing Unto Me’ has the makings of a modern folk-rock classic. The B-sides are the hypnotic ‘A Cappella’ with Ríoghnach Connolly on guest vocals and also features a Norwegian nyckelharpa. made by band leader Hannah Miller’s father, Alan, and played by her sister Esther. The epic, tragi-comic ‘Are You Going Away To Sea?’ follows. Then ‘Assault’ blows in – a fantastical, furious instrumental duet between virtuoso violinist Georgina Leach (who has recently recorded and performed with Seasick Steve and John Paul Jones) and cellist Miller. Miller has recently recorded with Adrian McNally of The Unthanks for his solo endeavour ‘The Boat Project’. A mind-blowing dub-step remix of ‘Sing…’ by Wax 22, (Ben Startup of Valley Studios in Winchester), and a cover by sometime Moulette, Sam Walker of The Muel, fill out this musical feast.
The band’s second album, The Bear’s Revenge is due out on July 9th, 2012. As well as the aforementioned Ted and Ríoghnach , other contributors include acclaimed folk-blues songstress, long-time friend and collaborator Liz Green and virtuoso banjo-ist, Matt Menefee of American bluegrass band Cadillac Sky.
Moulettes charismatic brand of folk incorporates elements of prog-rock, Classical and World music and has enthralled crowds at many festivals, including Larmer Tree, Glastonbury, Big Session and Latitude, where they played BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction stage. The following festivals have been confirmed for 2012 – End Of The Road, Cambridge Folk Festival, Bestival, Knockengorroch – World Ceilidh, Rhythm, and Purbeck Folk. More to come! Much, much more to come…
“…delicious music, played with acoustic virtuosity…Complex and beautiful…Intriguing and unique” MOJO
“The best music I heard [at Latitude] was by Moulettes…” The Independent
“Divine harmonies…Orchestral folk at its very finest.” Time Out
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