SKYLARK AND THE SCORPION – Weather The Storm
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“Skylark and the Scorpion specialise in the kind of ethereal folk music that brings a warm
glow to blustery autumn nights. Hey Lover’s finger-picked arpeggios and plucked harp sets
the intimate fireside tone. A wistful Six Thirty and the lilting title track add fuel to the flames.
“You’re too beautiful for me,” sing Webb and Phillipson adopting the personas of ill-fated
lovers, on the gorgeous waltz-time ballad I Don’t Stand A Chance. Splashes of brass, piano,
accordion and violin bolster the duos haunting siren call”. – BIG ISSUE NORTH
From the haunting haze of strings to the melodiously plucked harp, then the ethereal
female voice that soars like a siren call, beseeching a lover to stay, Skylark & The Scorpion
simultaneously tug at the heartstrings and nourish the soul. Their sweeping soundscapes
swell, soothe and seduce like the titular lovers. Destined to be together forever, but fated to
be separated ‘til eternity, their tale of doomed romance is the stuff of classical tragedy.
Contributions come from ambient music composer Roger Eno (brother of Brian, who added
piano and accordion to the mix) and orchestral arranger Nell Catchpole (on violin/viola),
with additional contributions from Tim Harries (double bass), Jamie Spencer Smith (guitars),
Fontane Liang (harp) and Nick Foot (percussion). Producer / songwriter Webb, who also
plays the cornet, then completed the album by adding brass arrangements, before sending
the results to celebrated producer Ben Hillier for mixing.
To commemorate the album’s announcement, Skylark and the Scorpion are also revealing a
40-minute short film that accompanies the entire record, making this an extraordinary
artistic AV project. Weather The Storm (the film) was shot in Shetland and features both
“Cool, ethereal, innovative, strange, beautiful. Like a magical dream…” – STEVE COOGAN