Diversions, Vol. 4: The Songs and Poems of Molly Drake

Diversions, Vol. 4: The Songs and Poems of Molly Drake

by The UnthanksThe Unthanks


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The fourth installment in the eclectic English folk group's fascinating Diversions series (previous entries have dissected the music and styles of Robert Wyatt and Antony & the Johnsons, working-class marching bands, and England's history of shipbuilding), Diversions, Vol. 4: The Songs and Poems of Molly Drake sees the Unthanks covering a selection of works by the mother of one of British folk's greatest exports, Nick Drake. Molly Drake, who was a huge musical influence on her son, never released any of her home recordings during her lifetime, though an eponymous compilation of her songs and poems was issued in 2013 via Squirrel Thing Records. Like Nick, Molly was a deft weaver of atmosphere, and her words and music lend themselves well to the Unthanks' particular brand of spectral, contemporary English folk music -- much of the poetry and spoken word bits were performed by Molly's daughter Gabrielle. Minimal, yet brimming over with emotions both bright and dulled by pain and loss, the 15-track set is a marvel of restraint and refinement, with Rachel and Becky Unthank's otherworldly voices accompanied only by piano and violin. The songs themselves, which Drake wrote and recorded during the '50s, are very much of their time, postcards of a cautiously hopeful post-war Britain, peppered with nostalgia and open to despair.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/07/2017
Label: Rabble Rouser Recs
UPC: 0844493092797
catalogNumber: 16
Rank: 105926

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Unthanks   Primary Artist
Rachel Unthank   Voices,Group Member
Gabrielle Drake   Spoken Word
Becky Unthank   Voices,Group Member
Niopha Keegan   Violin,Viola,Voices,Group Member
Chris Price   Guitar,Voices,Double Bass,Group Member
Adrian McNally   Piano,Voices,Group Member
Martin Douglas   Cymbals
Faye Maccalman   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Steve Wainwright   Sleeve Design
Cally   Producer
Molly Drake   Composer
Sarah Mason   Sleeve Photo
Adrian McNally   Producer,Engineer
Gavin Bush   Engineer
Nigel John   Cover Photo

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