If You Buy One New Seasonal Album This Year … Smoke Fairies – ‘Wild Winter’


If you intend to grab a last minute Christmas album then we’d have absolutely no hesitation in recommending you get hold of this years outstanding offering from Smoke Fairies. ‘Wild Winter’ is a graceful sophisticated cocktail of seasonal tunes, full of bleak beauty that in all honesty could be enjoyed at any time of the year, although admittedly it does seem to resonate when there’s a frost in the air outside, a roaring fire inside and you’re cradling a glass of particularly fine Whiskey (any excuse eh?)

Wild Winter’ doesn’t rely on sleigh bells, choirs , a bug-eyed brummy lumatic bellowing ‘It’s Christmaaaaaaas’  or egregious caterwauling to convey emotion or capture the sparse beauty of the season. Instead the Smoke Fairies concentrate on crafting songs that stand up in their own right, replete with beautiful melodies and in doing so conjure up the wild windswept rawness of the season.  It’s punctuated with reflective bittersweet tales that meditate on themes of  loneliness, love, regret, longing ..y’know all the good stuff  …  And although it’s certainly not a jaunty Christmas party album, it is a contemplative, touching, empathetic warm and witty album imbued with an elegant sparkling glacial beauty, like bouquets of cold breath on a frosty Christmas morning.  We love it.



It’s also on Spotify HERE 
Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the VPME.com. House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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