Darkness Brings the Wonders Home, Smoke Fairies’ widely acclaimed first album in four years and the first to come out on the band’s own label, Year Seven Records, was released at the start of this year and has seen some remarkable chart positions – especially for a band operating entirely under their own steam (#1 UK album in Rock and a #6 in the Independent Album Charts).
Following on from this success, a limited-edition 7” picture disc of latest single from the album, Elevator, will be released Friday 3 April. This release will sit alongside its sold-out sister single Out Of The Woods/Disconnect, which came out at the end of last year in conjunction with Rough Trade shops. Again, the picture disc has been beautifully hand drawn and designed by Manchester-based illustrator Daren Newman.
Elevator, taken from Darkness Brings the Wonders Home, was recorded with producer Phil Ek (The Black Angels, Fleet Foxes, The Shins) over the course of a rigorous month-long session in Seattle. Smoke Fairies (aka Jessica Davies and Katherine Blamire) drew their inspiration for the album from mysteries both real and imagined: sea monsters, flocks of crows taking flight in extravagant formation, and strange creatures dwelling in the mud near their new South London abode. ‘Times of darkness are when people are often the most imaginative,’ says Jessica in reflecting on the album’s title. ‘It helps you to see all the wonders of the world you hadn’t noticed before – the things you’ve been blind to because you’ve been on autopilot for so long.’
And following on from their sold-out UK shows in February, Smoke Fairies have announced further UK tour dates for later in the year – including at Manchester’s Deaf Institute on Tuesday 6 October.
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