Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Rachel Unthank & The Winterset - The Bairns

Another very little-known, though critically-acclaimed group today, as we hit number nine on our list of nominees for this year's Nationwide Mercury Prize, which honours the best album out of the UK or Ireland. Rachel Unthank & The Winterset have earned such praise as "intimate, epic and overflowing with musical intelligence" from The Independent, while Soft Machine founding member Robert Wyatt says, "They are like the morning dew that hasn't steamed off yet, they are fresh and new and I really don't think they know how good they are." I have to say, after repeated listenings, they're not really my cup of tea, but check out this interview and short concert clip below. If you're intrigued, click the myspace logo for more tunes from their award-nominated album.


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