With their 11 piece band, The Unthanks mark the Autumn release of their new album, Sorrows Away.
Having previewed Sorrows Away at shows this Spring, the response from live audiences is an early indication that the record is at the very least going to breeze the daunting task of following up their BBC Folk Album Of The Year 2015, Mount The Air, which was awarded 5 stars by The Telegraph, R2, fRoots and Songlines.
The Unthanks tells stories that capture children and reframe history, drawing together the worlds of folk, jazz, orchestral, electronic and rock music. The believability of their storytelling is admired by some of our best storytellers - Mackenzie Crook, Maxine Peake, Nick Hornby, Martin Freeman, Robert Wyatt, Charles Hazelwood, Ben Myers and David Mitchell, to name a few.
At the nucleus of a constantly evolving unit is the traditional upbringing of Tyneside sisters Rachel Unthank and Becky Unthank and the arrangements and writing of composer, pianist, producer and Yorkshireman, Adrian McNally. Using the traditional music of the North East of England as a starting point, the influence of Miles Davis, Steve Reich, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Wyatt, Antony & The Johnsons, King Crimson and Tom Waits can be heard in the band’s 14 records to date, earning them a Mercury Music Prize nomination and international acclaim along the way.
“The Unthanks have covered a lot of ground in the past decade and watching them evolve over this period has been truly inspiring”Phillip Selway (Radiohead)