Mother Of Gloom

by Emily Fairlight

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    "Mother of Gloom" on black vinyl pressed at Vinyl Factory in the UK, all contained in a gatefold sleeve with an inner sleeve reproducing the original handwritten song workings.
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    "Mother of Gloom" in a heavy card gatefold sleeve, a small but perfectly formed miniature of the LP gatefold sleeve, featuring a different gatefold inner design to the LP version.

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about

Emily Fairlight has a proper folk singer’s background having
been, among other things, a teenage runaway adventurer in
Australia and India, a circus school student, a barista and a runner
turned jack-of-all-trades at a digital visual effects company.

Although its New Zealand rural Gothic/Texas borderlands feel
make "Mother of Gloom" an elusive creature, the prevalence of
acoustic guitar and intimate sharing of lived experience point to
what Fairlight self-deprecatingly calls, “doom-folk”.

Her vocal style - a stark, haunting tone with a powerful vibrato, teak-hard yet soft as crushed velvet - elicits comparisons to PJ Harvey, Bridget St John, Emmylou Harris and Cat Power, musicians with distinctive voices and the lyrical power to conjure a kind of experiential realism.

"Mother of Gloom" can also stand its ground alongside the
storytelling of Will Oldham and the soundscapes of Calexico.
Each song is a timelessly elegant, albeit at times distressed,
vignette, capturing the essence of a place, memory or feeling,
framed by a varied palette musical arrangements leaving space
for the imagination between the sounds.

Fairlight - who currently resides in Dunedin - has been
composing and performing for over a decade now. She has
played throughout NZ and Australia, and her third trip to the
USA saw her record Mother of Gloom with Doug Walseth at
The Cat’s Eye Studio in Austin, Texas, aided by local musicians
including Cully Symington (Bright Eyes, Okkervil River) and
multi-instrumentalist Kullen Fuchs. The recordings were mixed
by Ben Edwards’ at his Sitting Room studios near Lyttelton
harbour where New Zealand folk and country sensations
Aldous Harding, Delaney Davidson, Marlon Williams and Nadia
Reid created their breakout works.

credits

released April 5, 2019

Recorded by: Doug Walseth at Cat's Eye Studio, Austin Texas
Mixed by: Ben Edwards at The Sitting Room, Lyttelton, New Zealand
Vocals: Emily Fairlight
Acoustic Guitar: Doug Walseth and Emily Fairlight
Bass: Andrew Bain and Doug Walseth
Electric Guitar: Doug Walseth
Drums: Cully Symington
Violin: Austin Smith
Banjo: Rob Bernard
Trumpet, accordion, omnichord, vibraphone: Kullen Fuchs

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Dunedin, NZ 'arts & crafts' record label dedicated to local DIY underground subversive pop music - guitar pop, synth pop, psych-pop, no wave, post-punk, and whatever else takes our fancy.

We co-release most of our titles with Occultation Recordings in the UK, taking Dunedin's underground to the world.
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