The Lost Trades EP – The Lost Trades (reviewed by Marcus Kittridge)

If you find yourself looking for a great example of gestalt, then look no further than the band that is The Lost Trades.

I’ve seen these guys perform individually before but what has happened by this coming together is truly transformational. They have a natural ability to gather together a tight vocal harmony that would normally only be found in twins or close siblings.

Their whole sound is built around this phenomenon. The 5 track EP provides a great introduction to what the band can do. It’s folk and it’s modern and it’s quality pop too. In addition to all that, the storytelling abilities of their songs are of the highest quality.

I was privileged to witness this powerful combination at one of the few COVID secure gigs of 2020. The emotion in the room was pure electricity. Like seeing The Unthanks on top form or The Fall when they become a singular organism. Despite the excessive instrument swapping the audience was spellbound throughout.

I am thinking that this coming together will be a long-lasting force and hope that the interruptions that coronavirus has caused will not put them off a very powerful stride.

This band would sit equally well at Sidmouth Folk or WOMAD or Radio Six or Two or Three. This cleverly named band (the surnames of each band member, Jamie R Hawkins, Phil Cooper and Tamsin Quin describe forgotten or diminishing trades) are here to stay, I hope.

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