Album Review: Little May – For the Company

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Little May are a folk trio from Sydney, and their debut album For The Company, produced and recorded with The National’s Aaron Dessner, is a haunting listen for fans of Florence + The Machine, Lana del Rey and Marika Hackman.

Opening with ‘Cicadas’, a stripped-down and melancholy song, the tone for the rest of the album is set.  An array of floaty tracks follow, filled with sorrowful lyrics like “I can fight this with my hands but my head won’t let me”, and mystical vocals from lead singer Hannah Field.  Combining this with all three members’ harmonies and their calming percussion creates a rhythmic, ethereal experience, something you feel could provide an eerie soundtrack to a walk through Glasgow’s equally eery Necropolis on a gloomy winter’s day.

Songs like ‘Seven Hours’ and ‘Chemicals’ continue the record’s mournful vibes, and the album ends as it begins with the raw and emotive ‘The Shine is Brighter At Night’, consolidating Little May’s debut as something wistful but not at all without emotion.  Having already played alongside the likes of Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes and The Flaming Lips, as well as selling out their first ever London show, this band are definitely one to watch.

[Katie Fannin]

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