Review: Smoke Fairies: Through Low Light and Trees

by Ariana Anderson

Smoke Fairies’ first full-length U.S. release is out today, June 14! Best friends since childhood, this British duo have created a truly fantastical experience on Through Low Light and Trees. Understated yet powerful, the album is filled with strong American folk and blues influences.

The album’s opening track, Summer Fades, features the two ladies’ gorgeous voices as they converge to welcome the listener to their mystical world; it is by far my favorite track. It also provides the poetic lyrics from which the title of the album derived.  Erie Lackawanna is moodier, and with the raw emotion in the lines, “I can see a wrecking ball coming for the house/ See a wrecking ball gonna tear it down,” give me chills. Jewel may be an outdated reference, but Morning Blues reminds me an awful lot of her song Near You Always.

The pair get sassier on Strange Moon Rising, which has the twangy-est, most Western feel on the album. The enchanting cover art appears to come from the imagery of this darkly beautiful video:

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Purchase this lovely album online here. For more info or to buy tickets for their U.S. Tour click here.

Smoke Fairies U.S. Tour

June 18    The Dakota                                                     Toronto, ON

June 20    Passim Folk and Cultural Center          Boston, MA

June 21     Rockwood Music Hall                                New York, NY

June 22      Rock Shop                                                     Brooklyn, NY

Concerts with Rasputina

July 29       Key Club                                                         Los Angeles, CA

July 30        SLO Brewing Co                                         San Luis Obispo, CA

August 4     WOW Hall                                                     San Francisco, CA

August 5      Doug Fir Lounge                                        Portland, OR

August 6      Tractor Tavern                                           Seattle, WA

August 8      The Railyard                                               Billing, MT

August 11     Bourbon Theater                                      Lincoln, NB

August 12     Blue Moose Tap House                         Iowa City, IA

August 13     7th St Entry                                                 Minneapolis, MN

August 14      Shank Hall                                                  Milwaukee, WI

August 16      Underground                                            Sandusky, OH

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