Interview With Mary Epworth
PSYCHEDELIC SHANTIES AND FILTHY, FAR-OUT FUZZ
Psychedelic soul chanteuse Mary Epworth is a singer-songwriter who makes music out of small pieces of traditional English folk song, pub shanties, hazy recollections of summer festivals and 1960s acid trips which she finds behind the sofa in her head. Her music is pastorally lush with the occasional smear of heavy fuzz or static; almost as if Fairport Convention were having an illicit tryst with Frankie Rose & The Outs (see their intraview here). Epworth has never claimed to be a folk musician but says the folk scene can “have me, if they will have me”, and her music – which genuinely evokes the powerful life, danger and myth residing within the British countryside, rather than just a pretend, city-diluted version of it – combines enchantment, mystery and a sweetly alluring charm of timeless reverie and could well be the truest folk (if a tad ‘wyrd’) you’ve heard for some time.
Mary’s harpsichord, synth and harmony-laden debut album is being recorded, mixed and tweaked as we speak, no doubt with vintage gear. Until then you’ll have to amuse yourself with her cover of Urge Overkill’s Dropout (available here for nothing more than a click of your finger), the video below and these photos which she’s taken for us.