‘The Storm’ debut EP from Velvet & Stone “...attractive and hauntingly persistent”(February 22, 2016)
When you first listen to ‘The Storm’ from Velvet & Stone you hear softly meandering music reflecting a faintly searching melancholy allied to a gently lyrical expression, there’s other influences too, funk makes itself felt, as do distinctly jazzy and bluesy cuts. The combination of which is undeniably attractive and hauntingly persistent, intriguing and elusive. And you will want to hear more, so much so there’s a certainty most will hit ‘replay’ when it stops.
The EP opens to a familiar theme of love lost at sea through ‘Fisherman’s Blues’ but Velvet & Stone give it a fresh poignant edge, the vein of sadness continues through ‘Forget About The Rain’ with its reflections on the fragility and transient nature of love, before a stronger melody and hook within ‘Patchwork’ presents a pragmatic yet hopeful view on working a relationship. Then there’s a step change away from this softer side towards a more funk-folk approach with ‘Same Old Record’ before an easy-going bluesy feel pours through the acceptance of ‘That Road’. The EP closes with ‘The Storm’, which generates a moody slightly ominous feeling through echoing piano and violin behind wistful vocals.
Velvet & Stone are Lara Snowdon (lead vocals, backing vocal) Holly Jo Gilbert-West (lead vocal, backing vocal, acoustic guitar) and Kathryn Tremlett (violin, piano) also on selected tracks are Jack Henderson (electric guitar, lap steel guitar, piano, keyboards and tambourine) Andrew Tween (drums) and Ben Nicholls (upright and electric bass).
Find Velvet & Stone here: velvetstonemusic.com
Review: Tim Carroll