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Review: A Different Thread and The Moulettes at the Lichfield Guildhall

A local group who are soon off to tour in America and a band who are currently touring the country brought their contrasting sounds and styles to Lichfield Guildhall when The Moulettes were supported by A Different Thread.

The Moulettes

The Moulettes

The latter were first up, with three unexpected collaborators in the shape of singer-songwriter Robert Jackson, classically-trained cellist Isaac Collier, and singer/fiddle player Alicia Best.

Their individual sounds and talents added to a beguiling mix that blended folk music with Appalachian and bluegrass styles, with the cello adding an extra depth to the closely knitted vocals.

Although taking musical styles from other sources, they still produce some fine music, such as opener Sweet Elizabeth, the touching ballad Potter’s Field, or the closing, more upbeat Cherry Tree.

The Moulettes on the other hand were a completely different proposition, playing their newest album, Preternatural in its entirety.

The album takes its inspiration and titles from the natural world, and it is somewhat ironic that an album inspired by the natural world depends on so much musical technology to bring it to life on the stage.

The four band members comprise of Hannah Miller on five string cello, vocals, synths, and autoharp, Raevennan Husbandes on electric guitar and vocals, Ollie Austin on drums, guitar, synth, and vocals, and Jim Mortimore on bass, double bass, moog and vocals.

Their sound is unique, blending elements of progressive and heavy rock with neo classicism, perfect harmony vocals, with fleet-fingered guitar work mixed against bombastic drums, bass, and cello that adds a musical heft to the sound.

So throughout the evening the audience learnt about the mating habits of Pufferfish, the massive creatures that science has not even named, the patterns that small fish make in the sand to attract a mate, or listened to the aptly named Bird of Paradise, a song that allowed the guitar and vocal harmonies to do the hard work.

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