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Adelaide’s Cape have released, in “Curled/Harbour”, a slice of modern indie-folk that can sit comfortably with the likes of Mumford and Sons and Alessi’s Ark.

The duo have created a big following in their hometown of Bath, and recent dates in London have seen their popularity grow further. And with good reason. “Curled” is just gorgeous. A simple but warm guitar is a cheerful counterpart to Sam Taylor’s slightly melancholy vocals. Although not really packing the punch of Marcus Mumford or the endearing simplicity of Charlie Fink, Taylor’s voice has a distinctive charm of its own, enticing you to sing along before you even know the words.

“Harbour” is a little more downbeat, and introduces vocals from Hannah Richardson, the other permanent member of Adelaide’s Cape. The slightly more subdued tone is not a complete success. It does highlight excellent timing and bridge construction, but it exposes the slight flaws in Taylor’s delivery. During prolonged notes, he does have a tendency to sound like Gary Lightbody.

All in all, Adelaide’s Cape are a prime example of why folk enjoying such a renaissance in popularity. Intricate, intelligent and finely crafted, the potential on show here is enormous. I for one will be awaiting the March release of their full debut EP “Last Sleep In Albion” with much interest. - Addict Music


Sometimes, not very often admittedly, something very good indeed lands right on your doorstep. In this case, quite literally. The flaking blue paint of the scrabby garage doors in the Adelaide’s Cape photo? They belong to my next door neighbour.

Until recently, Sam Taylor, the one with the hood, lived in my ‘hood. Together with Hannah Richardson, they are the Cape and they’ve recently upped sticks and relocated to Bath for educational purposes.

It’s not so much that my street is suddenly a hotbed of musical wonderfulness, more likely that Norwich is very quickly galloping into view when it comes to turning up bands deserving of attention beyond The Fine City’s borders.

If we did have to stick our neck out, heaven forbid, we’d say that Adelaide’s Cape are going to be enjoying the lion’s share of such attention in good time.

And nope, it’s not about what people look like, not ever never, but heck, have a look at these two will you? Tell me you don’t want to put Sam and Han in your pocket and keep them for yourself and I will foot the optician bill myself. One look and you hope, pray, they’re good. You really want them to be something to write home about.

Mum, Dad, there’s this band…

It sounds like you’re patting a small boy on the head when you describe music as charming, but Adelaide’s Cape are nothing less. It’s as simple as songwriting comes, and just about twice as wonderful. It all sounds so effortless as Sam’s lazy vocal drifts in and out, like the gentle breath of something grouchy sleeping, while Hannah’s voice is the butter to Sam’s toast, as delicate as a daisy, halfway between indie and folkie, it’s the sort of voice Moshi Moshi would join a queue for.

The nice thing is, beyond hanging their coat on the peg marked ‘post folk’, it’s difficult to draw comparisons. Not saying they don’t have a certain Nick Drake spring in their step (face it, who doesn’t?), but what else is in there? Influences, they say on their MS, include Chris Wood, Idlewild, Johnny Flynn, Bellowhead, Mumford & Sons…

Might just be me, and I’m by no means a muso, but Sam plays a Fender FR-50 Resonator (off of Dire Straight’s ‘Brothers In Arms’ album, but don’t hold that against it), which tends to suggest here’s a boy who understands a thing or two.

Using a metal ‘resonator’ instead of the traditional wooden soundboard made the guitar sound louder, which was pretty handy when you were sat alongside the brass in the increasingly popular dance bands of the 1920s. The resonator’s distinctive, bright metallic sound soon made it the weapon of choice for blues and bluegrass musicians long after some bright spark invented amplification.

It’s a sound synonymous with the Deep South, with the music that started everything. And here’s a duo from Norfolk wielding one. Bodes well. Bodes very well. - mynewfavouriteband.com


Discography

Curled / Harbour Single - Oct 09

Last Sleep In Albion EP - Mar 10

(lots of BBC radio play)

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Adelaide’s Cape is the nu-folk project of musician Sam Taylor, which been active since late 2008. The lineup has changed many times since Adelaide’s Cape began, and as of 2010 consists of Sam alone, with occasional guest appearances from other talented musicians – most consistently percussionist Hannah Richardson, who has been involved with Adelaide’s Cape since its conception.

2009 saw Adelaide’s Cape play sellout shows at Norwich Arts Centre and Bristol’s Grain Barge amongst a myriad of other live dates, receive a copious amount of BBC Radio play, and sign to independent label Dustbowl Records.

In February 2010, Adelaide’s Cape will take to the road on a UK tour supporting Alessi’s Ark and Rachael Dadd, before embarking on a couple of live dates alongside First Aid Kit.

Following this, Adelaide’s Cape launches his debut EP ‘Last Sleep In Albion’ at London’s The Luminaire with guest slots from Pete Roe, Laish and Alex Sheppard. Tickets for this very special evening are available over at WeGotTickets.com for the humble price of £5.

The EP will be stocked by RecordStore.co.uk and a range of independent retailers, including Puregroove and Rough Trade. It can currently be pre-ordered through RecordStore.co.uk and Puregroove.co.uk. In celebration of the EP, Adelaide’s Cape takes to the road on a month-long headline tour of the UK and Ireland over March and April.

Later in 2010, Adelaide’s Cape is set to play a season of festivals and embark on a European tour of Germany and the Netherlands. Beyond that, the hope is plentiful amounts of touring alongside brilliant musicians and brilliant friends.