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Indian E-music – The right mix of Indian Vibes… » Brona McVittie: We Are the Wildlife review – beautifully embroidered folk


Brona McVittie: We Are the Wildlife review – beautifully embroidered folk

Delivered... Jude Rogers | Scene | Thu 4 Jan 2018 7:30 pm

(Company of Corkbots)

Electronic music, used judiciously, can serve the folk song well, particularly when it’s teasing out subtler textures in the tradition, noticing the smaller stitches in its seams. This is certainly true of the work of Brona McVittie, an Irish singer and harpist who cites Tunng and French experimental artist Colleen among her inspirations.

She has recently returned to her native County Down after years living in London, and this album features her own promising originals alongside Irish folk songs that she embroiders beautifully. The Flower of Magherally’s harmonising flutes recall Virginia Astley’s pure pastoral instrumentals, while The Jug of Punch feeds an AL Lloyd drinking song through an ambient drama that summons up the spirits of both Talk Talk and the Unthanks (amazingly, this works). Every note of sweetness to McVittie’s voice has a bite behind it too, showing you the stuff under the skin. A stimulating debut.

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