November 11, 2019 by 1888media
A band of equals with each member contributing equally, family acoustic-rock trio Wildwood Kin are poised for a global breakout.
Comprised of sisters Emillie Key (guitar) and Beth Key (bouzouki/keyboards) and their cousin Meghann Loney (drums/percussion), the group released their self-titled second album in October via Silvertone Records/Sony, garnering raves from Radio 2, Sunday Brunch, The Times of London, AOL Build, Wonderland and The Sun.
Wildwood Kin’s recent singles have captured two sides of their second album. There’s the haunting drama of ‘Never Alone’ which was produced and co-written with Ed Harcourt, conveying a deeply personal and a message to anyone feeling as isolated as Meg Loney’s brother, who sadly committed suicide.
The elegant, hymnal, ‘Beauty In Your Brokenness’ was inspired by the Japanese art of ‘Kintsugi’ – the idea of something becoming more beautiful for having been damaged or broken. On November 22, the group will issue a collaboration with Kia Love (Freya Ridings, Tom Walker, Olly Murs) on an airy EDM-flavored remix.
On the warm-hearted ‘All On Me’ which is similar in spirit to ‘The Weight’ by The Band, a song about sharing the load with someone, the band filmed some behind-the-scenes footage from their sessions at The Chapel Studios in Lincoln, and was filmed and edited by the band’s own Beth Key.
Completely fulfilling the band’s artistic vision, their second album is as natural as it is accomplished. The trio’s vocals harmonize effortlessly, there are shades of Simon & Garfunkel, Bear’s Den and early Fleet Foxes in the beautifully gentle melodies. Meanwhile, its lyrics address profound themes like love, loss and spirituality. But above all, there’s a spirit to the record that’s as wild and free as the West Country moors where they grew up.
This time around they delved deeper into their sound by experimenting with a variety of co-writers across sessions in in Los Angeles, Nashville and Oxfordshire. These included Gabrielle Aplin on ‘Wake Up Sleeper’, Angelo Petraglia (Taylor Swift, Kings of Leon) on ‘Breathe’ and Alex Davies (Sigrid, Birdy) on ‘Signals’, with Ian Grimble (Bear’s Den, Catfish & The Bottlemen) on production duties.
It’s a collection that confirms their ascending status.
Making an instant indelible impression with their 2017 debut album ‘Turning Tides,’ it set them on course for an enthralling ride which led to majestic performances at Glastonbury, Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park and the Teenage Cancer Trust’s ‘A Beautiful Night Out’ at the Royal Albert Hall. A growing fanbase fell under their spell in the process, pushing them past 20 million streams.
“Fleetwood Mac-like harmonies, hints of Fleet Foxes’ desolate, spectral acoustica, echoes of Ben Howard’s richly textured but ramshackle sparseness, a love of Mumfords-like propulsion and explosiveness.” – Sunday Times
“A band who has arrived on the scene with a bang.” – Wonderland.
“Wildwood Kin arrive… fully formed and primed for the mainstream.” – The Guardian
Building on a second watershed performance at Glastonbury this summer, the trio just kicked off their 19 date ‘Headed For The Water’ headline tour of the UK which includes a sold-out stop at Omeara in London and several Irish dates.
After the tour wraps, the group will break for the holidays before beginning the new decade on the road, this time as special guest support for Aussie indie rock-folk band, Boy & Bear, joining them in Europe from February 5-18.
6th – Norwich, UK, Waterfront Studio
7th – Birmingham, UK, O2 Academy 3
8th – Manchester, UK, Night & Day Café
11th – London, UK, Omeara
12th – Bath, UK, Moles
13th – Cardiff, UK, Glee Club
14th – Bristol, UK, Thekla
15th – Bude, UK, Bude Folk Festival
17th – Southampton, UK, Joiners
18th – Brighton, UK, Komedia
21st – Exeter, UK, Lemon Grove
23rd – Dublin, IE, Lost Lane
24th – Cork, IE, De Barra
28th – Liverpool, UK, Leaf
29th – Whitby, UK, Pavilion
1st – Edinburgh, UK, Caves
2nd – Glasgow, UK, Stereo
3rd – Newcastle, UK, Cluny
4th – Leeds, UK, Brudenell Social Club
5th – Antwerp, Belgium, De Roma*
6th – Utrecht, Holland, Tivoli Vrendenburg*
7th – Nijmegen, Holland, Doornroosje*
8th – Amsterdam, Holland, Paradiso Noord*
11th – Paris, France, Les Étoiles*
12th – Cologne, Germany, Luxor*
13th – Hamburg, Germany, Knust*
15th – Berlin, Germany, Lido*
16th – Munich, Germany, Strom*
17th – Milan, Italy, Magnolia*
18th – Zurich, Switzerland, Papiersaal*
*w/ Boy & Bear