Bridie Jackson & The Arbour are an all-female four piece based in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
A year ago they released their debut album and last November joined Debt Records. We received in the post an advance copy of their first release for the label – the double A-sided single Scarecrow / All You Love Is All You Are.
Immediate influences are Joanna Newsom, the Fleet Foxes and The Staves, but dig a little deeper and there are also hints of baroque, of gospel, and of flamenco amongst the sparse instrumentation, as well as darker undertones at work too. All are carried on the distinctive vocals of Bridie Jackson and the results are heady and intoxicating stuff – powerful without being overwhelming, ethereal without being fey, and frequently alluring.
Scarecrow is a theatrical lament from a murdered would-be bride and All You Love Is All You Are is an apparently beautiful love song about family with an undercurrent of bitter loss and grief.
Both are right up the MM alley as they say, and provide the perfect musical start to 2013. The single is out on 11th February, in the meantime you can get the album from their Bandcamp page here.Follow @madmackerel