FROM THEIR NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM
AUTUMN UK TOUR ANNOUNCED
“Fleetwood Mac-like harmonies, hints of Fleet Foxes’ desolate, spectral acoustica, echoes of Ben Howard’s richly textured but ramshackle sparseness, a love of Mumfords-like propulsion and explosiveness.” – Sunday Times
“There’s a drive, a crunching sense of abandon that litters every song they place their name against. Three musicians with a taste for ambition” – Clash
“Wildwood Kin arrive into folk fully formed and primed for the mainstream.” – The Guardian
Family alt-folk trio Wildwood Kin made quite the impression with their 2017 debut album ‘Turning Tides’. It set them on course for an enthralling ride which led to majestic performances at Glastonbury, Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park and the Teenage Cancer Trust’s ‘A Beautiful Night Out’ at the Royal Albert Hall – plus extensive support from Radio 2 and BBC Introducing. A growing fanbase fell under their spell in the process, pushing them past the 20 million streams landmark.
Today Wildwood Kin share the stunning new video to their single ‘Never Alone’. Filmed in the West Pennine Moorlands – the video perfectly reflects the beautifully sombre, Fleetwood Mac-like folk rock ballad. Produced and co-written with Ed Harcourt, ‘Never Alone’ is deeply personal and a message to anyone feeling as isolated as Meg Loney’s brother – who sadly committed suicide.
Wildwood Kin explain, “For us, this song is about vulnerability and solidarity. As a band, we are very passionate about breaking the silence and stigma surrounding mental health issues, and this song was written about that; how when we take steps to open up conversations about our struggles, we find we’re not alone in them. That juxtaposition is represented visually through the video – each of us isolated and unsure, lost amongst vast moorland, finally coming together in unison. We love the outdoors and it has always been a huge part of our lives, so we wanted that to be represented in the video too, which also inspired the album cover.”
Wildwood Kin return with their self-titled second album on October 4th via Silvertone Records/Sony. Completely fulfilling the band’s artistic vision, it’s as natural as it is accomplished. The trio’s vocals harmonise effortlessly, there are shades of Simon & Garfunkel, Bear’s Den and early Fleet Foxes in the beautifully gentle folk rock melodies, and its lyrics address profound themes like love, loss and spirituality. But above all, there’s a spirit to the record that’s as wild and free as the West Country moors where they grew up.
Completed by Meg’s cousins, the Key sisters Emillie (guitar) and Beth (bouzouki), Wildwood Kin are a band of equals with each member contributing equally. This time around they delved deeper into their sound by experimenting with a variety of co-writers across sessions in Los Angeles, Nashville and Oxfordshire. These included Gabrielle Aplin on ‘Wake Up Sleeper’, Angelo Petraglia (Taylor Swift, Kings of Leon) on ‘All On Me’ and Alex Davies (Sigrid, Birdy) on ‘Signals’, with Ian Grimble (Bear’s Den, Catfish & The Bottlemen) on production duties.
The songs are all built around messages that Wildwood Kin believe in. The warm-hearted ‘All On Me’ is similar in spirit to ‘The Weight’ by The Band, a song about sharing the load with someone. ‘The Crown’ addresses the rise of political showmen, and asks if any would actually stand up for what they believe if their power was stripped away. The strident ‘Time Has Come’ is both a female empowerment anthem and a reminder to not let yourself be crushed by circumstance, while the intimate acoustic lament ‘Beauty In Your Brokenness’ is about self-acceptance.
Wildwood Kin may have an unusual gift for harmony, and a way with evergreen folk rock melodies, but ultimately they’re three normal, relatable young women finding their way in the world and dealing with the same challenges, triumphs and tragedies as the rest of us. That connection, acceptance and, ultimately, love is captured throughout this beautifully reflective album. It is a tonic for our times.
The album will be released on CD, vinyl, and digital/streaming and is now available to pre-order now with ‘Never Alone’ provided as an instant download.
After another incredible performance at Glastonbury last weekend, Wildwood Kin continue their busy Summer of festivals before preparing for their mammoth 17-date headline tour this autumn. The tour kicks off in Norwich on 6th November at Waterfront Studio, it includes a date at the Omeara in London on 11th November and concludes in Leeds on the 4th December. For the full list of dates and to purchase tickets – please visit HERE.