Twelfth Day – The Devil Makes Three – Album Review

After seeing their captivating performance supporting 9Bach at Brighton Komedia – see my reviewI was given an exclusive copy of their album, out for release tomorrow – Monday 9th June. Read my track by track guide to The Devil Makes Three below.

 1. Noise Show – Opening with two gentle breathy vocals in harmony, before the harp and plucked violin repeating figures accompany the verse. As the track progresses, the dynamic fiddle part plays in contrary rhythm to the harp creating a contrapuntal mesh which the voices force their way through, depicting the title of the track well.

2. Magic CircleWith an angular melody and slightly mystical lyrics, this track has a clear flavour of Björk to it, particularly with the pagan connotations. Once again the trio of voices, violin and harp create an interesting texture however at times the instruments outgun the vocals.

3. Me and My FriendA delicate harp and smooth sweeping violin tell an upbeat Hobbitesque tale of friendship in the first instrumental track of the album, with influences of minimalism and traditional folk.

4. Young SirBy far the most Scottish of the tracks so far, Young Sir tells the story of “a lass who was bonny but poor” who crossed the border to England in search of work, and meets a young gentleman with whom she becomes enamoured. An uplifting ballad with a catchy chorus couplet.

5. A City You Can See Out OfWritten about Edinburgh, where the ladies now reside, this melodically endowed song has a lovely harmony throughout and personifies the city in a sincerely heartfelt way.

6. Swimming SafeThe second instrumental on the album, this track cleverly shares the melody between the instruments in a sleepy daze.

7. ShapeshifterThe galloping harp leads a lyrical pursuit of light, time and magic.

8. The Devil Makes ThreeA new musical setting to the traditional folk song, sang in the film ‘O Brother Where Art Thou’ by three sirens. This version lacks the sinister undertones of the song but adds a sense of urgency with the dramatic speed up in the middle, leading into a folky fiddle-led middle section.

9. The BeachSerene, folksy and with shades playfulness, this instrumental track would work wonders in a film if the right Director’s hands, in particular the muted harp part in the middle which could underpin a montage or chase scene with ease.

10. DuskingWinding down with a gentle track, the voices in this song blend well acting as another instrument in this tapestry of sound.

I will be uploading my review of 9Bach‘s album Tincian tomorrow.

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