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Martha Tilston – Lucy & The Wolves

Lisa Ward


Nominated for ‘Best New Act’ in the 2007 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and after a guest appearance in the fourth Zero 7 Album Yeah Ghost, Martha Tilston is back with a long awaited new album. Lucy & The Wolves might be a little overdue, but it’s most definitely worth the wait. Filled with silky vocals and elaborate melodies which compliment the intricacies of Martha’s voice, it’s a chilled out, laid back compilation which grows in depth on every listen.

The heartbreaking and haunting Lucy is counterbalanced to perfection with the uplifting 350 Bells, which sees Martha make reference to the reason for her break, the arrival of her daughter. Meanwhile Wild Swimming sees her intertwine traditional lyrics from The Rover with her own, granting it a new lease of life, whilst Who Turns sees Martha at her prime, questioning ‘how long before we get it right?’ her voice rising in harmony with the wondering of her heart.

It is however unmistakably My Chair which is the stand out track of the album. From the first listen it’s an instant attention grabber, oozing with passion it is both spine chilling and calming and undoubtedly the marker of Martha’s lyrical capabilities. Meanwhile it’s Seabird which is most noteworthy for its composition, the trombone and bass harmonizing with Martha’s sliding guitar and highlighting the pure sound of her vocals.

From the romantic self penned Wave Machine and it’s drum heavy backing, to the tradition Searching For Lambs recorded a cappella in a forest,  Martha’s album bridges the divide between traditional folk and more contemporary folk. Leaving just enough of the classic elements whilst allowing subtle novelties to slip in, it reads like a crisp spring day, fresh and vibrant.


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