Yesterday saw the debut release from a collective of musicians called Arlet, another great band linked to Syd Arthur’s Dawn Chorus label. Drawing on folk-based acts such as the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, the Canterbury based 5-piece is the brainchild of Aidan Shepherd (accordion), and currently consists of Zoo For You’s Thom Harmsworth (euphonium) and Owen Hewson (clarinet), as well as Rosie Holden (fiddle), Cameron Dawson (bass) and Benjamin Insall (guitar).
The EP features 4 beautiful compositions, recorded live in a school hall in Kent, where some of the musicians previously studied. Engineered by Zoo For You’s Barney Pidgeon and mixed by Syd Arthur’s Joel Magill, the EP brings together a host of creative people from across the current Canterbury music scene. Arlet also called in Seth Deuchar of the Boot Lagoon who has contributed a brilliant remix of ‘Jesus Mi Amigo’, which brings together influences of Steve Reich, Aphex Twin and Mount Kimbie, and rounds off the album very nicely.
If you’re enjoying the preview above, head to Arlet’s Bandcamp page to pick up the EP, or catch the band at one of the following gigs as part of their January tour.
10th – Magic Garden Pub // Battersea
13th – Little Albion // Broadstairs
15th – Woodburner // Hackney Downs Studios
16th – Smugglers @ Carlton Cinema // Westgate-On-Sea
17th – Veg Box // Canterbury
18th – Stepping Stones // Maidstone