Pied Flycatcher - Kate Doubleday
There's more than enough birds in song to compile a substantial trivia quiz: plenty of eagles, a good few blackbirds, the odd hummingbird and owl, Bert Jansch's Avocet would have to be included, and now, there would be Kate Doubleday's Pied Flycatcher. Or for bonus points, the EP's full title, 'Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula Hypoleuca)'.
Kate has condensed her line-up for this bucolic folk opera, which allows these three tracks to breath, and our imaginations to roam. Employing Marie Smith on cello works a treat but the masterstroke is getting Daniel Wilkins on board with his Kora: ideal for suggesting summer flight - Kate is located on the West coast of Wales where the valleys and hillsides are a good place to look for breeding birds.
Each track invites us to join Kate in a world hedgerows, trees, and wide open expanses. The title track follows the birds migratory patterns and 'The Dunes', with its fantastic bottle and flute melody, adds to the coastal adventure. Lastly, 'Freefalling' finds Kate at one with her home - 'only the sky and the sea speak to me, on the edge of this land I will breath so deep'.
For fans of Espers, Telling The Bees, and Pamela Wyn Shannon, or anyone in need of a little urban escapism.