Female London-based duo Smoke Fairies are celebrating their first U.S. release Ghosts with an extensive tour opening for Laura Marling.
The tour commences May 4 in Chicago and ends May 28 in Portland. Ghosts is a limited edition 12" vinyl album with access to a free download of the whole collection compiling their first two singles and an EP being issued in the United States by 453 Music.
Their unique interweaving of ethereal vocal harmonizing and swampland guitars draws inspiration from sources as seemingly contradictory as the rolling hills of the pair's native Sussex and the foothills of the Appalachian mountains; the smoky jazz cafes of New Orleans to the sunny meadows of the English countryside. try to pigeonhole the Smoke Fairies? You might as well try to capture a storm in a whisky bottle. The U.K. press already have an ongoing love affair with Smoke Fairies and now the U.S. media coming on board as well:
The lines between folk and blues and rock are permeable in these songs. "Sunshine," which starts the disc, follows a Pentangle-ish trail of interlocking guitars. The voices are closely harmonized, whispery and evocative. Yet as the minutes pass, a barrage of electric instruments enters and the intensity picks up, more Jefferson Airplane than Judy Collins.
Smoke Fairies Tour Dates (opening for Laura Marling)
May 04 Lincoln Hall / CHICAGO, IL
May 06 Ladies Literary Club / GRAND RAPIDS, MI
May 07 Magic Stick / DETROIT, MI
May 08 Andy Warhol Museum / PITTSBURGH, PA
May 09 Big Obit Sound Lab / BUFFALO, NY
May 11 Space Gallery PORTLAND, ME
May 12 First Church in Cambridge / CAMBRIDGE, MA
May 13 Blue Flowers NYC @ Music Hall of Williamsburg / BROOKLYN, NY
May 14 City Winery / NEW YORK, NY
May 15 Johnny Brenda's / PHILADELPHIA, PA
May 18 The Earl E. / ATLANTA, GA
May 19 3rd & Lindsley / NASHVILLE, TN
May 21 Warehouse Live / HOUSTON, TX
May 22 Central Presbyterian Church / AUSTIN, TX
May 23 The Loft / DALLAS, TX
May 25 Larimer Lounge / DENVER, CO
May 26 Kilby Court / SALT LAKE CITY, UT
May 27 Neurolux / BOISE, ID
May 28 Doug Fir Lounge / PORTLAND, OR