It was a crisp bright October day as I headed up to Northumberland. I had been asked by The Unthanks to take images of them in their studio for their new album Mount The Air. As the sat nav directed me closer, the sun was peeping from behind the clouds and illuminated the misty valley below. I arrived at their studio and said my hellos over a cup of tea. The light was just perfect as it streamed through the windows. I documented their morning as they rehearsed and played along to the tracks, it was great to get a sneak preview of the new album!
There was a butterfly flitting around from one sun spot to the other, and it landed on Niopha's violin as she played..
Then we went outside and walked down some of the country lanes to take a few more images.
The album came out a few weeks ago (and went straight into the charts at 17!), and it's a truly wonderful collection of songs. I love how they weave their interpretations around traditional tales, the way they tell stories and create a landscape in their music. Mount The Air also has jazz influences and Flutter has a trip hop air to it - you can listen to it here. And here's Alex Petridis talking about the album. There are many goose bump inducing moments.
At the beginning of last year I had said to myself that I'd like to do a bit more music photography. I felt quite overwhelmed when my vinyl copy came through the post last week and I saw it there in front of me.
We're really looking forward to seeing them play in Manchester tonight, and from the reviews I've read, it's going to be one of those you talk about for quite a while after.