A rare beauty has blossomed in the Bristol area of the UK, and it comes as the sound of folk/dramatic pop band Heg & The Wolf Chorus and their new EP Rain. The three track release is a mesmeric and fascinating embrace of seductive vocals, similarly enchanting melodies, and a lyrical theatre which revels in inspirations from “traditional fairy tales and the twisted roots of her own family tree”, the ’her’ in question being songwriter Heg Brignall. It is a bewitching encounter reinforcing a belief already cultured here by the likes of Lizzyspit, Little Lapin, and the UK based Roxanne De Bastion to name three, that the British music scene is blessed with the finest folk inspired revelry in a long time.
Heg & The Wolf Chorus has been exciting ears and imaginations for a while now to be fair, their acclaimed two-song release Boat and I in 2013 the first spark to keen attention. Last year was another potent time for the band too; the release of the Giant single and the following A Tale of Sailors EP reinforcing their emergence whilst igniting even hungrier appetites for their music. It also saw the band nominated for the Isambard Folk Award, have Giant nominated for Song of the Year in the Fatea Magazine Awards, and Three Sailors declared Single of the Year by the Folkscene show BBC Merseyside. Rain is sure to emulate that success for the quintet of Brignall, Stephanie Taylor, Richie Dobson, Vince Martin, and Joe Kelly, or at the very least awaken another healthy parade of eager fans.
Song For Home is the first kiss on the imagination, an instantly atmospheric enticing as a cold wind blows in the distance behind the dark seducing of cello strings and the warm caress of Brignall’s vocals. Smouldering harmonies swiftly add to the persuasion as the song’s lyrical narrative casts an entrancing romance for thoughts to equally embrace and explore. It is a union which never expands further in sound but casts with its slim line collection of textures, a full and mesmeric temptation.
The exceptional start is potently backed by the following EP title track, piano and violin offering the first melodic hug before being joined by the siren-esque tones of Brignall and accompanying band harmonies. Flirting with fresh twists and invention along the way, the song creates a web of creative infectiousness and emotional reflection captured perfectly in the tantalising warmth and poetic lure of the melodies which grace every sun lit and shadow kissed texture.
The release is completed by Sail On, a captivating stroll of emotive keys and feistily alluring strings coloured further by the richly hued vocals, bracing harmonies, and an intimate stroking of half melancholic/ half wistful violin endeavour. As the other pair, the track is a spellbinding caress of ears and thoughts, one full of adventure and mystery but encased in a folk serenade luring the listener into compelling landscapes well away from their physical reality.
From presence to songwriting, sound to storytelling, Heg & The Wolf Chorus is a delightful and mesmeric escape from the grey of day into at times just as shadowed but much more exciting and irresistible exploits as found upon Rain.
The Rain EP is available now @ https://hegandthewolfchorus.bandcamp.com/
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