Friends since they were children, Jessica Davies and Katherine Blamire of Smoke Fairies have grown up sharing similar musical tastes and influences. Bonding over their parents’ guitars and Jessica’s mother’s vinyl collection, the two women seemed bound together through this shared musical history. You can hear the sound of two artists working in tandem as Davies and Blamire work out their own frustrations, as well as a new found sense of confidence, amid detailed descriptions of cross-country road trips and the suffocating nature of becoming stationary, both physically and spiritually. Their sophomore LP Blood Speaks deals with how [...]
British folk/blues duo Jessica Davies and Katherine Blamire, aka Smoke Fairie s have premiered their new video for the title track off Blood Speaks , which is finally available this month in the US.
London's Smoke Fairies -- aka Jessica Davies and Katherine Blamire -- began their musical journey concocting a fluid and rather unusual, genre-blurring mix of traditional British psych/folk with a distinctive whiff of uniquely American swampy blues and dusty Appalachian Americana on their debut album Ghosts and follow up Through Smoke and Trees . But beyond what we've called the duo's "oddly compelling and blissfully incongruous" songcraft, Davies and Blamire evolved into something deeper, darker and dirtier with Blood Speaks , their assured 2011 third album that has finally see a [...]
There are plenty of fan-made live videos on the internet. But how often do you get a really nicely filmed and made short film like this by a videographer who fell in love with a support act while working for another? It's not fantasy, this is the real-life story of how Luke Norby came to make this inside peek in Smoke Fairies ' recording process during a very special event. The duo - Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies - were only the second artists ever to be invited to record for [...]
The Smoke Fairies second proper album Blood Speaks had been scheduled for March release in the U.S. and now has been reschedule for April 23 release on Year Seven Records. The U.S. release will be as Red Vinyl LP; limited edition Double disc CD with bonus tracks; Deluxe download album with all tracks. Head, the [...]
der amerikanische songwriter tim hardin ist den meisten lesern vielleicht durch seine oft gecoverten lieder »if i were a carpenter« oder »reason to believe« bekannt, hatte aber selbst nie das glück, die charts zu stürmen ? und das nicht bloß, weil er nur 39 jahre alt wurde...
"Son of a bitch" from Highasakite "Running for Cover" from Ivan & Alyosha "Lunge" from Thinking Machines "Belong" from Stamping Mill "The Rain" from Alessi's Ark [...]
The latest in the series of Tribute Albums to hit the digital shelves will be Reason To Believe - The Songs of Tim Hardin , which will be released on the 28th January via Full Time Hobby . Tim Hardin was a musicians' musician, the inspiration behind a great many artists whose limelight he never procured for himself. Johnny Cash, Paul Weller, Echo and the Bunnymen, Scott Walker, Nico ... his music has been covered by countless icons of contemporary counter-culture. Now that tradition is set to continue with this collection of [...]
London's Smoke Fairies -- aka Jessica Davies and Katherine Blamire -- began their musical journey concocting a fluid and rather unusual, genre-blurring mix of traditional British psych/folk with a distinctive whiff of uniquely American swampy blues and dusty Appalachian Americana on their debut album Ghosts and follow up Through Smoke and Trees . But beyond what we've called the duo's "oddly compelling and blissfully incongruous" songcraft, Davies and Blamire evolved into something deeper, darker and dirtier with Blood Speaks , their assured 2011 third album that will finally see a [...]
The nominees are. Paul Weller - Sonik Kicks Juniper Tar - Since Before Allo Darlin - Europe Nat Johnson and the Figureheads - I'm Across I'm Ashore The Wind-up Birds – S/T Smoke Fairies – Blood Speaks Hall of Ghosts - A Random Quiet [...]
An assortment of new soundz to delight the ears and tickle your fancy. What the hell is a fancy? Who cares, enjoy! Smoke Fairies - "Awake" from Blood Speaks released 21 May 2012 Smoke Fairies trace their sound back to the days of Fairport Convention and the 602s British Folk Revival. Their silky, melancholy harmonies and dark lyrical imagery are complemented by careful composed electro-folk music. [...]
Smoke Fairies - If I Were A Carpenter
Tim Hardin , one of the most respected singer-songwriters, is being honoured with a new 13-track cover album. Hardin, who died in 1980, has been revered and covered over the years by the likes of Johnny Cash, Paul Weller, Scott Walker and Echo & The Bunnymen, and is now having his songs reinterpreted by a whole new slew of artists. The new compilation titled Reasons To Believe - The Songs Of Tim Hardin features plenty of new and exciting bands and artists who have been infuenced by the troubadour's work including 405 favourite Diagrams, Okkervil [...]
On Further Review by Tom Sweeney Smoke Fairies are Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies . They hail from Chichester, a cathedral city in West Sussex that is approximately as picturesque as it sounds and a fairly improbable place to find the emergence of such a creative, eclectic duo. Both sing, write and play vintage hollowbody electric guitars, a combination that neatly enables their distinctive blending of English folk and American blues. [...]
Smoke Fairies ' video for new single "Let Me Know" captures the band performing on a beautiful summers evening high above the houses on a London rooftop, as the city glows beyond. The single is out now digitally and on limited-edition 7" via V2 on September 10, 2012. Smoke Fairies - Let Me Know video: The band will also be headlining King's College London Student Union at the end of their Autumn tour in October. Smoke Fairies autumn 2012 UK [...]
To truly understand just how far Jessica Davies and Katherine Blamire have come as London's Smoke Fairies , a viewing of their latest video (and single) "Let Me Know" from their latest album "Blood Speaks" should suffice nicely. Sure the Brit-folk-meets-Americana-blue s aesthetic is still the duo's calling card, but check out the sweet jammy interplay and retro-psychedelica on display here. And if you happened to miss their cover of The Cult's "She Sells Sanctuary", listen at DC here .
How did you spend the night of the Olympics opening ceremony? Bluesy-folk outfit Smoke Fairies decided to set up shop on a London rooftop and film their new video for 'Let Me Know' against a backdrop of warm early evening sunshine. Beats being stuck in front of the telly while your housemate falls asleep on you after one too many lager shandies, that's for sure. The clip was shot & edited by Joe Morris, with the track taken from new album Blood Speaks - out now and available here [...]
From Mary's début LP Dream Life out now. Available on a bonus EP of covers with pre-orders at Rough Trade . More killer indie-rock from Lux Lisbon
Smoke Fairies - She Sells Sanctuary (The Cult Cover)