The Moulettes – Lady Vengeance

It’s a repeat post. I’ve already talked about the Moulettes. Their music does make me happy. 

But I have a few reasons to repeat… 

(1) I’ve just seen their video for new song, ‘Lady Vengeance’. It’s arty animation and I’m pretty sure that I quite like it – only pretty sure because it’s a bit fantastical and I’m not completely clear what it’s telling me about my life. This is a track that’s been described as ‘noir trip hop’. I’ve always found the music of Portishead pretty dark but if this is digging deeper then it ought to garnish respect.

(2) I’ve been listening to their new album, ‘Constellations’ for some time now. It’s getting a full release on June 2nd and it’s definitely a record to watch out for. The press release sums it all up really neatly. 

” ‘Constellations’ crosses varied and expansive musical territory over its ten tracks. As songwriter, cellist and front singer Hannah Miller notes, “People can listen to Moulettes and hear Shostakovich, Miles Davis, Pentangle, Pink Floyd, Bjork and Skrillex. That is where we’ve all come from…everyone shares in over 80 years of recorded music history”.

(3) I’m off to my first camping festival of 2014 this weekend. I’ve heard great things about the spring ‘Off The Tracks’ at Donington Farmhouse but have only been once before. My good friend, Richard Haswell, was celebrating a special birthday. His love of steam trains meant that a fine group of his friends spent a day having a beer ridden picnic whilst travelling up and down the line between Leicester and Loughborough. We ended the day by spending a night at ‘Off The Tracks’. Such was my level of inebriation, I can only recall staggering and swaying whilst the Alabama 3 nailed it on a main stage. Hopefully, I’ll remember more about this weekend. The Moulettes are playing and I intend to be dancing like a whirling dervish when they take to the stage in the afternoon sunshine (or May drizzle). 

Perhaps I’ll see you there? 

 

 

 

 

Constellations – The Moulettes

I can’t quite remember how many times now that I’ve seen The Moulettes live. It might be three. It might even be four. I’m something of a sucker for folk with a twist, intelligent orchestral folk, dark folk and vivid harmonies. 

The last time I saw The Moulettes live was in October in Whitby. It was a mid-afternoon at the cracking Musicport festival and I was a bit hungover from the night before. I reviewed the festival for eFestivals here. I could have said so much more about their performance on that day. It was definitely a highlight. 

Today, I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on an advance copy of the Moulettes new album. Constellations, their third album, is not being officially released until early June. I’ve found time, whilst at work, to grab a couple of cheeky listens and I’m impressed by what I’ve heard. There’s a lot going on it and a host of guest contributions (Blaine Harrison from The Mystery Jets, Arthur Brown and The Unthanks in particular). In good time, I plan to review it in more detail but suffice to say, my initial reflection is that Constellations could be a record to transport The Moulettes into another orbit. Their star will be in the ascendancy this summer. (I am now entertaining myself with more cosmology related puns – my life is sad).

Here’s the lead track from the album. Doesn’t it shine bright?