You Are Wolf is the alt-folk project of award-winning composer and vocalist Kerry Andrew. Currently working as a trio with multi-instrumentalist Sam Hall and percussionist Peter Ashwell, KELD - an old Northern English word meaning “the deep, still, smooth part of a river” – is an album that explores and develops the theme of freshwater.
KELD includes traditional songs about waterfall banshees, killer female water sprites, drowning boys and powerful witches. Original songs are inspired by wild swimming, vengeful rivers, nymphs and naiads, and even an Anglo-Saxon charm. You Are Wolf brings these ancient songs and stories into the present, with bold arrangements inspired by leftfield pop, new classical music and electronica.
The album is produced by MaJiKer, best known for his work on French alt-pop queen Camille’s Victoire-winning albums, and brings an experimental pop sensibility to the album. Where Hawk To The Hunting Gone was heavily vocal, with lots of vocal looping - inspired by the likes of Camille, Bobby Mcferrin, Meredith Monk and tUnE-yArDs – KELD is more expansive. With a wider palate of sounds including drums, ‘cello, vibraphone, trumpet, found sounds and field recordings, it’s an album that not only draws from innovative contemporary folk artists including Lisa Knapp (who features here on “The Weeper”), Sam Lee and The Unthanks, but also by music outside the folk sphere: everything from minimalist composer Steve Reich to PJ Harvey, traditional Central African Pygmy music and Julia Holter. The award-winning poet Robin Robertson also appears.
- 'gorgeous... a stunning concept record about rivers and water' The Guardian
- 'dazzling' Mojo
- 'a remarkably accomplished work in which the ancient & modern blend seamlessly' fRoots
- 'a truly eerie soundscape' Songlines
- 'totally compelling and totally immersive' BBC Radio 3
- 'compared to Björk and Julia Holter, but she really does not sound quite like anyone else... an impressive range of influences to create something that makes the ancient sound very new' The Quietus
- 'artful, plaintive, medieval and modern. One of best releases yet in 2018' This Is Cult
released March 23, 2018
Kerry Andrew - vocals, keyboard, recorder, pipes, percussion
Sam Hall - 'cello, bass guitar, electric guitar, banjolele, trumpet, percussion, vocals
Peter Ashwell - percussion, vocals
Produced by MaJiKer
Also feat. Lisa Knapp (Track 10), Robin Robertson (Track 12), Molly and Imogen Snow (Track 12).
With field recordings by Kerry Andrew, Saskia Ventrillion, Grace and Freyja Parnaby
'English avant-folk at its finest' The Observer 'Imagine Bjork working her magic on the English folk
You Are Wolf ( Kerry Andrew with Sam Hall and Peter Ashwell) explores new ways into the English folk tradition, with bold arrangements of folklore-inspired originals influenced by electronica, new classical and pop.
Kerry's debut novel SWANSONG, was published in 2018....more