New Band of The Day: Bridie Jackson and The Arbour
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They recently signed to Debt Records who live by the mantra, “we don’t care about what sells, we care about what survives.” With the Manchester-based label behind them, Bridie Jackson’s quartet is set to go the distance. Their minimalist blend of percussion, strings and piano serves to nurture Jackson’s edgy vocals. The result is dark and ethereal, a sound comparable to the likes of Laura Marling. Jackson’s choir background has a clear influence: her vocal arrangements over the years, including hip-hop tracks reworked for five voices, have led to a seamless layering of harmonies in The Arbour’s compositions. The band simply doesn’t need to lean on instrumentals: their vocal talent shines through in each track. Their work with Debt Records has led to a perfect lament as their first release. The label’s co-founder and artist Louis Barabbas wrote ‘Scarecrow’ (available for download since 11th February), with lyrics spoken by a bride killed the day before her wedding. The fantastical subject evokes snow-covered moors where loneliness abounds as Jackson’s voice climbs to the high notes, supported by solitary strings. The track’s steady rhythm echoes the blues genre, giving the tale a certain inevitability before its a cappella climax. Bridie Jackson & The Arbour’s double-A side release is followed by a mini UK tour, with dates currently stretching into July. For more information, visit their website. The debut album ‘Bitter Lullabies’ is available to download from iTunes.
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