Melodica, Melody + Me – ‘Piece Me Back Together’ (Everybody’s Stalking) 2010

Another week goes by and yet again I’m plagued by another earnest toiling folksy act – adding to the general resurgence, ‘or apparent renaissance’, in all things folk.

Fortunately Melodic, Melody + Me’s debut single, ‘Piece Me Back Together’, has melted my aloof cold heart, with its Bert Jansch inspired delicate earthly platitudes and jaunty melodica led gasps of Augustus Pablo style reggae.
This pastoral old worldly balled has an affectionate grounded boy/girl exchange, that evokes a certain fond nod in the direction of both Belle & Sebastian and The Magic Numbers.
Also included on this single is the more up-tempo mandolin serenaded, South American shindig ‘Plunge’. This is another dose of well-crafted and subtle musicianship inspired in part by the late tragic Chilean political activist and traditional folk advocate Victor Jara.

Both Huw and Anna’s vocals sound older and more mature then their actual age, and the whole band manage a tight ship that gives the impression that they’ve been around for years. The Brixton based five-piece have actually been juggling both school and uni, whilst filling support slots for the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club, Laura Marling and Mumford and Sons, as well as performing at a whole raft of festivals, collecting more then enough acclaim to see them do well.

Hopefully they will break away and stand out from the Mercury Awards feted crowd of fellow folk artists, god knows they sound a lot less laboured and reverential then most of them.

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