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‘Izzy’s Daughter leaves us speechless’ - BBC Suffolk Introducing

’Autumn Flowers is a rare gem of an album that embodies beauty, terror, light and the darkest shade’. -Graeme Mac at BBC Suffolk Introducing

’Trippy, haunting, and ethereal, the track is the perfect soundtrack for a laid-back and sun-drenched Latitude festival.’ - IP1 Zine

On 1st December 2017, British folk's best-kept secret - Izzy's Daughter - returns with new album 'Luna'. The solo music project of visual artist Michelle Nichols, 'Luna' showcases a more assured, mature take on the dark, ethereal folk heard on her 2014 debut 'Autumn Flowers', this time flushed out with glacial stringsagile bass and an increased focus on piano - all in service of Nichols' striking, hypnotic voice, which sits somewhere between Tori Amos, Loreena McKennitt and the wordless incantations of Lisa Gerrard.

'Luna' follows a recent four-track session for BBC Introducing in Suffolk, and a successful three years that saw Izzy's Daughter perform all over the country in support of her debut, including a triumphant set at Latitude Festival 2015, and receive radio airplay across BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Introducing.

Opening with the slow-burning drama of Are You There and Wandering Star, Nichols examines the cracks left by emotional and physical distance, as well as the battle to understand ourselves. After gently chastising a short-sighted lover on Wilder Than You, impeccable harmonies anchor the title track as Nichols locks into a spectral dance with herself. Echoes then heralds the album’s peak with a welcome surge of energy, its powerful bass groove and splintered violins carrying over into the anguished folk-rock of Lullaby, and finally dissipating into the darkness once more with Dawn’s vivid drones.

Against a backdrop thick with references to natural phenomena, Nichols’ nocturnal transmissions unfold with a stately ritualism and stirring vocal delivery. Fans of Marissa Nadler, Agnes Obel and Ane Brun will find much to love here. This is a swooning, cinematic take on the British folk/songwriter tradition, delivered in shades of monochrome and pastel under a veil of mist. ‘Luna’ is available to pre-order via Bandcamp now.
 

Words by Javier Wallis