24 Feb 2015

Mount The Air by The Unthanks

Nick Bollinger reviews a symphonic folk opus from The Unthanks

The Unthanks Mount the AirRachel and Becky Unthank are sisters from Northumberland who started out singing old English folk songs in local folk clubs. And traditional songs are still the basis of what they do, but their music has developed into something sophisticated and almost-symphonic. On their latest album traditional English folksong dissolves in a solution of Gil Evans, Miles Davis, Benjamin Britten and Robert Wyatt.

Songs Featured: Mount The Air, Madam, Died For Love, Magpie, Foundling

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