The album launched with the lead single ‘Never Alone’, a beautifully sombre, Fleetwood Mac-like folk rock ballad which radiates with positivity. Produced and co-written with Ed Harcourt, ‘Never Alone’ is deeply personal and a message to anyone feeling as isolated as Meg Loney’s brother – who sadly committed suicide.
“Because Ed’s so raw and heart-on-sleeve it wasn’t long before we were talking about shared experiences of mental health,” says Meg. “We played some riffs and sang harmonies that had been knocking about for years and asked ourselves: how does this make us feel? It all came out from there. ‘Never Alone’ is about walking and loving someone through a dark place. We knew it had to be honest and hard hitting, but uplifting too.”
Completed by Meg’s cousins, the Key sisters Emillie (guitar) and Beth (bouzouki, keyboards), Wildwood Kin are a band of equals with each member contributing equally. This time around they delved deeper into their sound by experimenting with a variety of co-writers across sessions in Los Angeles, Nashville and Oxfordshire. These included Gabrielle Aplin on ‘Wake Up Sleeper’, Angelo Petraglia (Taylor Swift, Kings of Leon) on ‘All On Me’ and Alex Davies (Sigrid, Birdy) on ‘Signals’, with Ian Grimble (Bear’s Den, Catfish & The Bottlemen) on production duties.
The songs are all built around messages that Wildwood Kin believe in. The warm-hearted ‘All On Me’ is similar in spirit to ‘The Weight’ by The Band, a song about sharing the load with someone. ‘The Crown’ addresses the rise of political showmen, and asks if any would actually stand up for what they believe if their power was stripped away. The strident ‘Time Has Come’ is both a female empowerment anthem and a reminder to not let yourself be crushed by circumstance, while the intimate acoustic lament ‘Beauty In Your Brokenness’ is about self-acceptance.
Wildwood Kin may have an unusual gift for harmony, and a way with evergreen folk rock melodies, but ultimately they’re three normal, relatable young women finding their way in the world and dealing with the same challenges, triumphs and tragedies as the rest of us. That connection, acceptance and, ultimately, love is captured throughout this beautifully reflective album. It is a tonic for our times.
After a busy summer of festivals which included Glastonbury, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, and a main stage performance at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, the group is embarking on a 19-city UK tour from November 6th to December 4th with additional shows in Europe from February 5-18 as special guest support for Aussie indie rock-folk band, Boy & Bear.
6th – Norwich, UK, Waterfront Studio
24th – Cork, IE, De Barra
1st – Edinburgh, UK, Caves
2nd – Glasgow, UK, Stereo
4th – Leeds, UK, Brudenell
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