Spotlight On: The Left Outsides
Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:29:56
English husband-and-wife duo creates lush folk pop worthy of your time.
The Left Outsides are comprised of married couple Mark Nicholas and Alison Cotton. The duo turns out the kind of alternative folk that only a pair of musicians this close could muster. That’s what makes their latest album, The Shape of Things To Come [Xemu Records] so beautiful in all of its bliss and temperate bombast. The group has been around since 2003, however, the record just got its American release this year. The best way to describe what they do as this what She & Him would be if they weren’t afraid to get a little gritty.
The title track merges a delicate delivery with a beautifully disruptive violin that adds distinct drama as the vocals transfix. Meanwhile, “Stargazer” and “Stargazer (Reprise)” elegantly lift everything up into outer space with an expansive and entrancing sense of melody that’s equally lithe and lush. “The Third Light” offers a perfect glimpse at everything they can do with powerful, poetic lyricism and this rich instrumentation flowing in gorgeous union.
As folk music continues to become more and more innocuous and less rustic, it’s refreshing something so unabashedly experimental yet still inventively entrancing. The Left Outsides fill a void that we’re proud to enter.
'The Shape of Things to Come' from The Left Outsides is available via Xemu Records.