Mother of Gloom

Fishrider Records


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Fishrider Records is thrilled to (re)release Emily Fairlight's Mother of Gloom on vinyl.

Although its New Zealand rural Gothic/Texas borderlands feel make "Mother of Gloom" an elusive creature, the prevalence of acoustic guitar and intimate sharing of lived experience point to what Fairlight self-deprecatingly calls “doom-folk”.

Her vocal style - a stark, haunting tone with a powerful vibrato, teak-hard yet soft as crushed velvet - elicits comparisons to PJ Harvey, Bridget St John, Emmylou Harris and Cat Power, musicians with distinctive voices and the lyrical power to conjure a kind of experiential realism.

The recordings were mixed by Ben Edwards’ at his Sitting Room studios near Lyttelton harbour where New Zealand folk and country sensations Aldous Harding, Delaney Davidson, Marlon Williams and Nadia Reid created their breakout works.