Experimental Music Love

March 27, 2008

The Accidental – There Were Wolves

Filed under: Album Reviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 12:02 am

The Accidental – There Were Wolves

Wait ages for a north of England album full of glorious melodrama, exquisite vocals and songs that will last a lifetime, and two come along at once. For along with Elbow’s The Seldom Seen Kid, this début work is a rare moment of true beauty from the mournful skies of this windswept island, and one that bodes well for the prospects of this accidental band.

Formed after various fateful encounters that saw CDs exchanged and potential flatmates turned into band mates, these four young talents of the British folk music scene finally become one last year, and destiny did itself proud in bringing this lot together.

Recorded in the front room of singer and guitarist Stephen Cracknell’s flat, that intimacy and lovingly home made nature swims so elegantly and perfectly through these sparse, yet never dull moments of inspiration and imagination. There’s no overblown pretension as strings swell and the choir soars. No, this is an album where quality songwriter is all that’s needed, with the theatrics are left to the latest hackneyed Arcade Fire rip-offs.

Hannah Caughlin’s ghostly voice entices on opener Knock Knock as an eerie foreboding is brewed up by subtle acoustics and the metronomic percussion. Sam Genders joins in, as the two singers hypnotise and enthral each other as much as the listener. And then it’s Wolves with Genders at the fore, and some turns of phrase that turn seedy tales of nights out on the pull into elegant poetry: “There are wolves lying in the dark and so she rises up like a butterfly.

And so it goes on, as each new song sets itself apart from the rest with folk melodies that delight and vocal performances that won’t be matched too often this year. An album full of meaning, and simple in a way that never feels underdone. This should be huge. It won’t. But it should be.

8.8/10

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3 Comments »

  1. Hey this is a great review – it’s an album of unspeakable beauty that’s for sure. But I think that you’ve got Sam and Stephen round the wrong way – Sam sings the lead vocal on Wolves!

    Comment by Debbie — March 28, 2008 @ 2:36 pm |Reply

  2. Word. Changed accordingly.

    Comment by poppycocteau — March 28, 2008 @ 4:24 pm |Reply

  3. This is a lovely album. Don’t know if I ever told you about Slow Club? If you want something to just make you laugh, dance, (sing?), then this is for you. Not quite the same as The Accidental, but good anyway. Both not bad, considering their lack of Swedishness.

    Comment by Tom — March 30, 2008 @ 12:23 pm |Reply


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