Winners of this year’s Glastonbury Emerging contest, Bridie And The Arbour are set to release a new single in July. It will follow on from their debut Scarecrow, which received critical acclaim from The Guardian and A New Band A Day to name just two of their building fanbase. Impressively, they beat 8000 bands in the Glastonbury Emerging competition and will play on the acoustic stage at this year’s festival.
Their music has already been played on Radio 2 with Dermot O’Leary and 6Music, as well as clocking up a number of successful live shows in their hometown of Newcastle. They’re an all-female foursome who have been described as: “somewhere between the lushness of Norah Jones and the quirkiness of Joanna Newsom”.
Prolong is a haunting, folksy ballad with pure, bluesy vocals. The notes are dragged out, living up to its name -each crystal clear tone is prolonged. The kooky acoustic instruments give it a rustic, simplistic character and their Glastonbury victory means it’s evidently a very popular style right now. A soft, swaying dream floats between the lines and there’s a definite whimsical something about it. Prepare to be enchanted and transported into a different world.
So much uniqueness surrounds Bridie And The Arbour and I think it’s this that makes them so fascinating. They’re magical and weird but with such great pulling-in power. Something that should really make listeners sit up and take notice.