Burn The Branches, the band’s third studio album released in 2016, was recorded with Richard Neuberg at Strawhouse Studios in Oxford, and produced and mixed by George Shilling (Stornoway/Frank Turner).
The album sees the band depart from the widescreen country/Americana sound of previous album Murmurations (PIAS), and explore harder edged, atmospheric sounds whilst still retaining singer/songwriter Olly Wills’ undeniable knack for great melodic hooks.
Recorded over 14 months in London, Oxford and Bremen Germany, Murmurations is a departure from the raw, live sound of their previous release and captures the band at their most majestic. As lead singer Olly Wills comments, ‘we weren’t looking to catch the live performance, which is what we obsessed over in previous recordings. We wanted this to be the style of us in the studio with the time and thought that go into the process. We wanted this to be grand, to be sweeping, to be epic and to be cinematic in scope.’
The Last of The Charanguistas (2008) which went on to win the accolade of Editors Choice in Rolling Stone magazine and led the band to a prime slot on the acoustic stage at Glastonbury Festival.
‘This album is about moving on, about people leaving, about different paths and about moments and how they shape the memories traced in these songs,’ says Jon Berry, guitarist of The Epstein. ‘It’s about how the smallest detail in a story can last longer than the larger surrounds.’