Solarference's first full-length album, Lips of Clay, draws on the intensity of the duo's live shows, transporting nine traditional songs into haunting soundscapes. The album was recorded at Sarah's house in Devon and mixed at Toybox Studios in Bristol.
... This project has reached a magical fruition. May mornings will never feel quite the same again"
... It's like the ghost of a voice singing down the ages, dropped into a pool of Wicker-Man-ish, spooked folkstrel clamour."
"The snatches of found sound are fashionably hauntological ... Four Stars
"Repeated listening constantly increases my fascination with the artistry of Nick and Sarah"
Berkshire fine arts
"Radical, determinedly experimental
... I'm real keen to hear more"
"Lips Of Clay is a stunning album
, which seamlessly joins contemporary electronic music to traditional folk music"
Bright Young Folk
"This duo has rocketed way up there with this quite phenomenal debut
" Winner of Fatea Award for innovation in roots music
"An absorbing debut release ... the overall feel is organic, a creaking analogue quality ... which suits the traditional material perfectly.
"The appeal of Solarference is the mutability of their on-stage tech, suggesting a fluid approach to an ancient tradition."
Recent news, reviews and airplay:
Solarference have made a remix of Sam Lee's track "The Ballad of George Collins", from his Mercury Music Prize nominated album "Ground of its own". Listen on soundcloud
Fatea's "Sketches" compilation features our song "Ei Dir Deryn Du".
Simon Jones plays our song "Bobbie Allen" and interviews Nick by phone.
Mary Ann Kennedy plays our song "O Wake O Wake", "An intriguing combination of traditional song and technology."
Dave Kushar really gets us talking in this interview, where we delve into the how and why of the music we make...
Our song "Cold Blows the Wind" is featured in this month's fRoots Magazine's Radio Playlist along with some other great tracks - definitely worth a listen
Fiona Talkington plays our song "Cold Blows the Wind" on Late Junction!
A great article in this month's fRoots magazine - "atmospheric, arresting and often thrilling" "Solarference are one of the most original acts playing English folk music."