“Sonic bliss” Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
“Haunting” Clare Balding, BBC Radio 2
“Superb" BBC Introducing
Velvet & Stone’s highly anticipated debut album is released on August 2nd 2019. The self-titled album is a collection of the band’s songs which they’ve crafted at gigs and festivals since they formed in 2014, and is inspired by the creative partnership between the band’s front women Lara Snowdon and Kathryn Tremlett.
Drawing upon the wild, natural landscapes of their home county of Devon, folk tales, and personal stories of love and loss, the album weaves traditional threads with a fresh and contemporary take on folk, putting the album at the cutting edge of its genre.
Topped and tailed by the band’s more traditional tracks; Fisherman’s Blues and I’ll Dream of you Tonight; the album takes the listener on a journey rooted in dark indie-folk-rock which comes to prominence on Lay Her Down, Oh Boy and Walls, through to an insight on unrequited love with folk-pop tunes By the Water and Breathe. Towards the end of the album the band explore their characteristic dreamy soundscapes on Am I Dreaming and Forget about the Rain.
All songs are characterised by the honesty of Lara’s song-writing and vocal, and Kat’s expressive violin. Supported by their band Paddy Blight on bass, Garry Kroll on drums, and Kev Jackson on guitar. The album is produced by Josiah Manning at Momentum Studios, who also plays keys on the album.
Velvet & Stone is the band’s fourth recording. Their discography includes:
The Storm EP (2016)
The Embers EP (2017)
The Live EP (2018)
01 Fisherman’s Blues
02 Oh Boy
03 Lay Her Down
06 By the Water
07 Am I Dreaming?
08 Forget about the Rain
09 I’ll Dream of you Tonight
Velvet & Stone’s brand of indie folk combines haunting soundscapes with catchy pop hooks and great songs; providing an original and beautiful take on a traditional genre. Crafting their live set with performances at Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Connections and Larmer Tree Festivals, they take their audiences on a journey through stunning melodies and soundscapes to foot-stomping folk-rock.
Led by the ethereal combination of Lara Snowdon’s vocals, and Kathryn Tremlett’s violin; Velvet & Stone’s music draws upon personal stories, melancholy tales and rugged landscapes, creating a sound that is difficult to forget. Supported by their band Paddy Blight (double bass), Kev Jackson (guitar) and Garry Kroll (drums), the band weave traditional threads and combine them with folk revival and contemporary flavours.
Velvet & Stone have been likened to a twenty-first century Fairport Convention, and comparisons drawn with Seth Lakeman, Mumford & Sons, and Laura Marling. Their music has gained plaudits from across the music press, airtime on BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Wales and is championed by BBC Introducing.