I first heard The Mariner’s Children when Rosie Sleightholme (+ her band, which I am of course a component of) supported them at The Cube, Bristol at the beginning of this month. The stunning seven-piece folk band spout driving beats and strong lyrics surrounded by captivating rustic melodies. What was evident in the live performance is the raw emotion they put behind each and every note of the music they play. And that certainly translates into the recordings, my favourite of which is the 'Sycamore' EP, released in February this year. The title track is just stunning. Lead singer Ben Rubinstein has a voice that fluctuates beautifully from soothingly soft to rough-with-emotion, and Emma Gatrill compliments this subtly with beguiling harmonies. The added riffs from the strings – that is Becca Mears on the cello and Emma Kraemer on the violin – cut refreshingly through the thick harmonies. It's perfect. Another track I love from 'Sycamore' is Wolves Within The Woods for its pretty, lyrical melodies, and It Carved Your Name Into The Ground from the first EP 'New Moore Island' is brilliant for its angst and intensity. For me, this is music for a summer’s day, but one that is tense with the promise of a passionate love affair.
|Photo: The Mariner's Children/promotional|
|Cover artwork: The Sycamore EP|