DHM PRESS RELEASE
Agent Starling release The Northern Lights Trilogy
Agent Starling release their winter EP, The Northern Lights Trilogy on November 19th 2021. The EP features three brand new festive singles. Agent Starling’s composition Northern Lights is accompanied by the band’s new arrangements of traditional tunes Stockport Polka and The Cordwainer’s Lament.
Agent Starling are known for their catchy hurdy-gurdy tunes, harmonies, hypnotic drones, live bass grooves & strings, all with an experimental edge. For The Northern Lights Trilogy they add a bountiful sprinkling of bells, twinkles and festive spirit to the mix.
This is Agent Starling’s first release since their debut album European Howl was internationally well received and made number one in the EthnoCloud Mediterranean music chart. The band have subsequently been on a recording spree and an album of original songs and an EP of their arrangements of instrumental tunes by contemporary hurdy-gurdy players will follow early next year.
“Experimental hurdy-gurdy on duo’s impressive debut. European Howl is a complex, immersive and at times disorienting listening experience.” (SONGLINES July 2021)
“In all the years since this podcast started I don’t think we’ve ever knowingly featured a hurdy-gurdy – but there’s a first time for everything thanks to Agent Starling.” (Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music)
Agent Starling are Quentin Budworth hurdy-gurdy and Louise Duffy-Howard aka Lou Loudhailer voices & other instruments. The Northern Lights Trilogy also features Dexter Duffy-Howard on violin and cello. Recorded in Yorkshire UK by Agent Starling, the EP was mastered in Oregon by Kevin Carafa. Quentin and Lou both have strong musical provenance. Lou was originally in the recently reformed prophetic UK Indie band Red Guitars and has gigged and recorded ever since, currently heading up psychedelic rock band Loudhailer Electric Company. Originally part of Suns of Arqa, hurdy-gurdy specialist Quentin is the force behind world fusion medieval rave band Celtarabia.
The Northern Lights Trilogy by Agent Starling
1. Northern Lights
2. Stockport Polka
3. The Cordwainer’s Lament
The Northern Lights Trilogy is self-released on the DHM record label, catalogue number DHM031. Available from Bandcamp from 19th November: https://loudhaileruk.bandcamp.com/album/the-northern-lights-trilogy
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