“Mother of Gloom” became a listening staple at Fishrider HQ after Emily Fairlight self-released and self-distributed a small-run LP pressing self-release of the album last year. Understandably that initial LP run sold out quickly.
Fishrider Records is thrilled to be able to now (re)release of the album on gatefold sleeve LP and CD. Once again this album will be co-released with Occultation Recordings in the UK, giving the album a deserved international release in June. The album is also available to pre-order LPs and CDs on Bandcamp
The music on Emily Fairlight’s “Mother of Gloom” album stands its ground alongside the storytelling of Will Oldham and the soundscapes of Calexico. Each song is a timelessly elegant, sometimes distressed, vignette, capturing the essence of a place, memory or feeling, framed by a varied palette musical arrangements leaving space for the imagination between the sounds. Her vocal style – a stark, haunting tone, teak-hard yet soft as crushed velvet, with a powerful vibrato – is as distinctive as her songcraft.
“Fairlight is a folk singer with a touch of the weird and wonderful, travelling the same backroads as songwriters such as Will Oldham, PJ Harvey, Karen Dalton, Cat Power, Aldous Harding and Nadia Reid. “Mother of Gloom” is a warm and intimate set of songs that highlight her ability to find shadowy moods in her music and most vividly via her exceptional and haunting voice.” (Post to Wire)
Fairlight – who now resides in Dunedin – has been composing and performing for over a decade now. She has played throughout NZ and Australia, and her third trip to the USA saw her record Mother of Gloom with Doug Walseth at The Cat’s Eye Studio in Austin, Texas, aided by local musicians including Cully Symington (Bright Eyes, Okkervil River) and multi-instrumentalist Kullen Fuchs. The recordings were mixed by Ben Edwards’ at his Sitting Room studios near Lyttelton harbour where New Zealand folk and country sensations Aldous Harding, Delaney Davidson, Marlon Williams and Nadia Reid created their breakout works.
In February Fairlight, backed by The Shifting Sands, played 12 shows opening for Marlon Williams across the length and breadth of New Zealand. During March Fairlight played shows at the SXSW festival in Texas with a backing band including Mike McLeod from The Shifting Sands and drummer Chris Butchard from The Prophet Hens.