Many Moulettes met and started playing music together when they were 15-17, releasing an acclaimed debut album on Balling The Jack/Sotones in 2010 – which found its way on to several Best Of The Year lists – and winning an Innovation Award and ‘Best Group’ from the prestigious Fatea roots-music website and a nomination for best band by the alternative Brit awards.
Their charismatic, idiosyncratic yet poppy brand of progressive, psychedelic neo-classical folk rock has enthralled crowds at many festivals as varied as Bestival, Glastonbury, End of the Road and Cropredy.
Few bands have the scope of Moulettes. Containing a mix of self taught and classically trained members who have shared the stage and studio with the likes of Seasick Steve, John Paul Jones, Nick Cave, Mick Jagger, Dave Gilmour, Gentle Giant, Paloma Faith, Bonobo, Paul Heaton of The Beautiful South, Liz Green, Ríoghnach Connolly, Laura Hockenhull, Matt Menefee (Cadillac Sky/Chess boxer) and many more.
Their significant initial period was spent playing live and promoting the Den Of Iniquity nights in London that brought a host of indie, folk, prog and psychedelic bands together. After seven years of being a live band it was only in 2009 that their eponymous debut was released. Ex-Moulette Ted Dwane, now of Mumford & Sons returned to the fold in summer 2011 to help record the band’s second album, The Bear’s Revenge. Having constantly been on the road for four years, Moulettes continue their touring with a new album throughout April and May prior to a host of summer festival dates.
Now Moulettes return with their third studio album, and their first for Navigator Records, ‘Constellations’ on June 2nd (see website link for full details)
What the people say:
“Divine harmonies…Orchestral folk at its very finest.” ***** Time Out
“The best music I heard at Latitude was by the Moulettes” – The Independent
“Frontrunners of the new British acoustic scene thanks to their sophisticated, unpredictable approach” – **** Robin Denselow, The Guardian
“Welcome to the world of prog folk… Moulettes are among the current leading UK practitioners of the sub-genre. They are like a cross between Pentangle and the Kronos Quartet, by way of Kate Bush and early Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett.” – Reuters.
Praise for ‘The Bears Revenge’:
“This is what a modern folk album should sound like.” **** London Evening Standard
“…Songwriting of rare depth and inventiveness, this is a mature, often inspired album.” **** Songlines
“This delicious music is played with acoustic virtuosity…Complex and beautiful…Intriguing and unique” **** MOJO
What more can we possibly add..? Except enjoy Moulettes at the Festival – full performance details in the official DMF Programme: www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk
Watch and listen to Moulettes here:
And find lots more interesting Moulettes info here: http://www.moulettes.co.uk/
15th, 16th & 17th May 2015