Smoke Fairies Announce Carried In Sound

Smoke Fairies Announce new album Carried In Sound
Smoke Fairies Photo credit - Annick Wolfers

UK artists Smoke Fairies, return with news of their sixth studio album Carried In Sound, ahead of the LP’s arrival, the duo have shared new single and album track “Vanishing Line”. To celebrate Carried In Sound, Smoke Fairies will also embark on an intimate five-date tour across the UK taking in spectacular churches and ruins.

A sense of inner strength dominates the new record. In keeping with the times that bore it, ‘Carried In Sound’ isn’t afraid to discuss darkness – but everywhere there is a longing for light. “Although the album has themes of sadness on there, it’s looking at those things from a place of strength,” says Jessica.

“We’re really excited to announce a new record, carefully home crafted to represent our core sound, with notes of reflection, grief and joy, we hope you find it an emotive, rewarding experience to listen to.”

Smoke Fairies is a project founded on friendship. Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies have known one another since they were kids, forming a band to escape the humdrum of high school. Over time, it’s become the one true constant in their lives – moments of joy or sadness may pass, but there’s a permanency to Smoke Fairies, and what it adds to their soul. On new album ‘Carried In Sound’ the duo prove themselves to be utterly self-reliant, moving through a pandemic, home recording, and true independence to forge something completely faithful to their ambitions.

“It wasn’t particularly odd for us to make a record in isolation,” Katherine notes. “But we had so much personal stuff going on – losing family members, for example. We wanted to explore themes of grief and loss in a way we hadn’t done previously. We tried to be very raw.”

It’s a record marked by their incredible experiences. Two kids who made their way to New Orleans to uncover the blues, Smoke Fairies became the first UK band to sign with Jack White’s Third Man imprint, later recording with the man himself. “Our journey through music has really been this rollercoaster, with all sorts of ups and downs,” says Jessica. “But we’ve settled on something now which is balanced and positive – we do everything on our own terms. It feels incredibly empowering to be able to say that.”

Limitation became a means of invention. Digging a jumble sale keyboard back out of the cupboard, Smoke Fairies would use whatever came to hand for ad hoc percussion – bin lids, old suitcases, and a broken snare drum borrowed from their nine-year-old neighbour. “I love the sound of things that are broken,” Katherine says. “We didn’t make it easy for ourselves… but we wanted it to be unique.”

Carried In Sound is enriched by their own experiences. Written with specific spaces – and a specific audience – in mind, it will be accompanied by an intimate UK tour, frequently making use of church spaces. A complete aesthetic statement, it often moves like a perfume – scarcely perceptive in its subtlety yet conjuring profound memories. “Music is a spiritual place – it’s a place of shelter,” Katherine affirms. “There’s something about the process of being quieter that can be a bit more considered.”

Smoke Fairies
Carried In Sound
track listing
Third Man Records

Vague Ideas
Vanishing Line
Carried In Sound
There Was A Hope
Seek It With Me
Sticks and Stones
Part Of It All
Come To My Mind
Seek It With Me (instrumental)

Pre-order Carried In Sound by Smoke Fairies HERE


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