Concert Review The Moulettes supported by A Different Thread

Reviewed by Ben Macnair

A local band who are soon off on tour in America, and a band who are currently touring the country, bought their contrasting sounds and styles to Lichfield Guildhall when The Moulettes and support A Different Thread played on December 13th.

A Different Thread brings together three unexpected collaborators: singer-songwriter Robert Jackson from Lichfield Staffordshire, Isaac Collier, a classically trained cellist from the Yorkshire Moors, and Alicia Best, a singer/fiddle player from North Carolina. Their individual sounds and talents added to a beguiling mix that blended folk music with Appalachian and bluegrass styles, with the cello adding an extra depth to the closely knitted vocals. Although taking musical styles from other sources, they still produce some fine music, such as opener Sweet Elizabeth, the touching ballad Potter’s Field, or the closing, more upbeat Cherry Tree.

The Moulettes on the other hand were a completely different proposition, playing their newest album Preternatural in its entirety. The album takes its inspiration and titles from the natural world, and it is somewhat ironic that an album inspired by the natural world depends on so much musical technology to bring it to life on the stage.

The four band members are Hannah Miller on 5 string cello, vocals, synths, and autoharp, Raevennan Husbandes on electric guitar and vocals, Ollie Austin on drums, guitar, synth and vocals, and Jim Mortimore on bass, double bass, moog and vocals. Their sound is unique, blending elements of progressive and heavy rock with neo classicism, perfect harmony vocals, and with fleet fingered guitar work mixed against bombastic drums, bass, and cello that adds a musical heft to the sound.

So throughout the evening, the audience learnt about the mating habits of pufferfish, the massive creatures that science has not even named and patterns that small fish make in the sand to attract a mate, or listened to the aptly named Bird of Paradise, a song that allowed the guitar and vocal harmonies to do the hard work.

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