Dublin brothers Jamie and Richie Martin craft a spooked folk rock classic with their debut album.

With a name inspired by a shared childhood fascination with Grimms' Fairytales, Dublin brothers Richie and Jamie Martin create a sense of wonder and mystery of their own on this hugely accomplished debut album.

Both multi-instrumentalists who switch fluidly between guitars, mandolin, and banjo, these songs are certainly pastoral in their poetry but the brothers’ crestfallen vocals sound spooked and lyrical portents lurk everywhere. 

On Gelert’s Grave, inspired by the tragic Welsh legend, the Martins create a real sense of strange magic. The weirdness of The Kingsbury Manx and the hymnal quality of Fleet Foxes seeps through on The Distance and the crisp folk melodies of Simon and Garfunkel echo on AtlasDarkest Hour, Longest Day reaches back to CSN&Y with trashing crescendos and soaring harmonies, while Starling tells a chirpy, country-flecked tale of self-reproof.  

Cry Monster Cry create moods of contemplative stillness, tension and tumult and this quietly assured debut marks out a real new talent.

Alan Corr

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