It’s hard to think of an act which doesn’t make you think of the past on some level. Formed in Brighton last year, Lutine’s Heather Minor and Emma Morton will make you question which Century you’re living in. Yet this otherworldly folk music is much more than a vintage curiosity.
An air of elegant doom may dominate but there is certainly no lack of variety in terms of arrangement. ‘Synnove’ finds its roots in the 60’s/70’s folk scene, as do the relatively optimistic and bluesy ‘So It Goes’ but many songs go much further back for source material. Chilling renditions of traditional material (‘Died Of Love’, ‘Death And The Lady’) are balanced against the gentle etherealism of ‘All I Have Is Gold’. The subtle samples of distant bird song are scattered throughout the record but become particularly noticeable on a spare ‘Come Wander’. Amongst these charming delights, it’s the lovely title track which proves most enduring as the duo’s quivering tones tell a valedictory tale and it’s followed closely by the beautifully played ‘Sallow Tree’ where the lyric of “ancient words bring me down” seems like the mantra which informs the whole of ‘White Flowers’.
Lutine may be a little frail and delicate for some but the simple purity of these songs and those spine-tingling vocals are enchanting. It’s another winner from the always inventive Front And Follow record label.
All About Eve, Nicola Harrison