British duo excel at spooky folk pop and Beyonce-esque ballads

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Smoke Fairies - 'Smoke Fairies'

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Smoke Fairies – ‘Smoke Fairies’

That T Bone Burnett didn’t include a tune from the fourth album by Smoke Fairies on soundtrack for recent freaky detective TV programme True Detective is a crying shame, because British spook-folk duo Jessica Davies and Katherine Blamire are at their unsettling and atmospheric best here. ‘Shadow Inversions’ pulses with a bleak beauty and ‘Your Own Silent Movie’ is gentle and hypnotic, but there’s more to it than Sandy Denny and Kate Bush impressions. The pair embrace pop on ‘We’ve Seen Birds’, so much so you can picture Beyoncé belting out the closing piano ballad ‘Are You Crazy?’ with its passionate calls to “put your headphones on”. It suits them just fine.

Leonie Cooper

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Record label:Full Time Hobby
Release date:14 Apr, 2014