After what's been a virtual non-stop barrage of U.K. bands all trying to grab hold of the Mumford pub/folk bandwagon -- you know, heels pounding the beat, acoustics turned up to eleven -- the music of Newcastle's Bridie Jackson & The Arbors makes for a welcome respite (and, you know, we love all those zealous strummers). Recent winners of the Emerging Talent Competition that found thousands of bands vying for the rare and coveted inclusion in the lineup for the recent Glastonbury Festival, Jackson and her bandmates create chamber folk music that is as unpredictable and complex as it gorgeous and delicate. For starters, dive into the beautifully constructed melody of new single "Prolong" and then click through for the mesmerizing acoustic hymn "All You Love Is All You Are" and the official video for the haunting "wedding song" "Scarecrow."
Bridie Jackson & The Arbours - "Prolong"
Bridie Jackson & The Arbours - "All You Love Is All You Are"