Preternatural Press Release




Previous acclaim:
“Tireless live grafters. Different & full of enchantment.” 8/10 UNCUT
“Unique. Delicious music” **** MOJO
“A compelling and original band” **** The Guardian
“Divine harmonies” ***** Time Out
“A cross between Pentangle, Kate Bush & early Pink Floyd” Reuters
“Floyd meets Pentangle. Huge, complex and compelling” Prog Magazine

On May 27th Brighton based collective Moulettes, continue their journey into the alt.pop/rock/folk universe with the release of their most accomplished album to date – ‘Preternatural.’ It was in early 2015 when reading an article in the New Scientist that lead singer Hannah Miller first starting thinking about a concept for the new album. “I’ve always been fascinated by the natural world” says Hannah. “But this article compelled me to look deeper and start exploring all the surreal and beautiful diversity that exists. There’s so many phenomenal creatures out there we thought they deserved their own album.”

Fast forward to 2016 and the result is ‘Preternatural’ – an eclectic but cohesive 11 track collection, which marries the thought provoking concept with elements of prog, pop, alt-folk and rock. It’s a beautifully orchestrated piece of work, experimental in parts but still accessible, fusing rich vocal harmonies, persuasive melodies, and elaborate compositions to make a genre defying album that explores the moving gaps of electronic and acoustic; DIY and big production.

Highlights include the epic opener ‘Behemooth’, a heavy, drum-driven progressive anthem inspired
by a loud and unidentified sound recorded in the pacific, and electro-rock lead single ‘Underwater Painter’, which explores the way Octopus-chameleons of the sea can switch between camouflage and a
psychedelic electric light show. “The solo was recorded in one take” recalls Hannah, “and was definitely
a homage to Prince!”

One of the album’s finest moments, the sublime ‘Pufferfish Love’, drew on recent ground-breaking
Attenborough footage of the Japanese mandala-making Pufferfish, whilst the groove-based Art Pop of
‘Coral’ describes the crises facing coral reefs, – “A beautiful illustration of symbiosis between animals,
minerals and plants” says Ollie.  Other standouts include the addictive ‘Patterns,’ the ethereal vocals
of ‘Medusa’ and the album closer, ‘Silk’ about spiders who pluck harmonics on the strands of their
webs to tune them…

“There are so many things to write about,” says Hannah, “Lost love is sad, but a lost species is a
tragedy for us all.”  “Presenting your own sort of eclecticism is the aim,” says Ollie. “Zappa, Gentle
Giant to current bands like Field Music, John Grant, Snarky Puppy, My Brightest Diamond,
Tuneyards, Tortoise etc would all agree. These were all references for the record.”
Moulettes are a Brighton based British band of multi instrumentalists that weave in and out of several
genres with 3 part harmony female vocals, amplified Cello, distorted Bassoon, Auto-Harp, Guitar,
Drums, Bass and Synths into an incomparable alt.pop/rock/folk universe.  Singles from their
eponymous release in 2010 (****Mojo), their follow up ‘The Bear’s Revenge’ in 2012 (**** The
Guardian) and third studio album ‘Constellations’ (No.7 Indie Charts, Best Album: Spiral Earth
Awards) have been played across BBC6 and BBC2 with support from Cerys Mathews, Mark
Radcliffe, Mary Anne Hobbs, Bob Harris, Tom Robinson and Lauren Laverne.

Since playing together at school in Glastonbury to residencies on Tin Pan Alley, to a multitude of
festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival, Cropredy, Cambridge Folk, End Of The Road and
Green Man along with relentless world touring, the band have become renowned for their breath
taking live shows. On the way the band have shared both the stage and studio with many well-known
artists in Folk, Prog, Pop and Rock, including Mick Jagger, Nick Cave, Seasick Steve, Bonobo,
Gentle Giant, Mumford and Sons (Ted Dwane was a founding Moulette), Dave Gilmour (Pink
Floyd), Bellowhead, and The Levellers.

For more info contact: Steve Rose or Paul Barker at EMMS Publicity / 0207 607 5765

“Divine harmonies…Orchestral folk at its very finest.”
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Time Out

“The best music I heard at Latitude was by the Moulettes”
The Independent

“Frontrunners of the new British acoustic scene thanks to their sophisticated, unpredictable approach”
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Robin Denselow, The Guardian

“Welcome to the world of prog folk… Moulettes are among the current leading UK practitioners of the sub-genre. They are like a cross between Pentangle and the Kronos Quartet, by way of Kate Bush and early Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett.”


Praise for ‘The Bears Revenge” : 


“This is what a modern folk album should sound like.”
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ London Evening Standard

“…songwriting of rare depth and inventiveness, this is a mature, often inspired album.”
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Songlines

“This delicious music is played with acoustic virtuosity…Complex and beautiful…Intriguing and unique”
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ MOJO


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