For Smoke Fairies‘ triumphant return, the UK band travelled to Seattle to record the upcoming “Darkness Brings The Wonders Home” (out 1/31), and called upon legendary producer Phil Ek (Father John Misty, The Shins, The Black Angels) for an intimate and uncompromising month-long session.
“Dark moods drifting around in the woods like a wild animal that crawls in when you let your guard down. You have to do battle with them, to stop them dragging you into their world — like those characters that most people have in their lives who continually resurface and still have an inexplicable pull on you, even though you know they’re untameable and troublesome.” —Katherine Blamire/Smoke Fairies (on first single “Out Of The Woods”)
Jack White’s a longtime fan and advocate of Smoke Fairies, and not only signed them to Third Man Records for an earlier release, but had the duo join him onstage during his 2015 performance at the Grammy Awards.
Smoke Fairies are Jessica Davies and Katherine Blamire who first met at school in the south of England. In the making of the upcoming “Darkness Brings The Wonders Home” (out 1/31), Smoke Fairies drew inspiration from mysteries both real and imagined: sea monsters, flocks of crows taking flight in extravagant formation, and strange creatures dwelling in the mud near their new South London abode.
“Smoke Fairies are no strangers to magic… the English rockers have wielded those powers for their upcoming studio album, Darkness Brings the Wonders Home” – Consequence Of Sound
“Blamire and Davies don’t trade vocal duties so much as appear to sing from the same body, their voices nearly indistinguishable, shifting between smoky moans and toe-curling trills” – Pitchfork
“Smoke Fairies rely on intertwining…their two voices move in close harmonies, with timbres blending almost like sisters.” – New York Times
“The band’s hypnotic songwriting matches sugar-sweet elements to moments of visceral sound” — Clash