Perhaps it’s the delicate string arrangements and darkened spin on folk music that has captured homegrown local and far-flung international fans of Little May, or perhaps it’s their ability to create tender songs that shimmer with vulnerability, honesty, and fearless lyricism. One thing is certain - Little May have captured the attention of the music world, even before this – the release of their long-awaited debut and self-titled EP.
After uploading their first independent single ‘Boardwalks’ to Soundcloud last year, Little May’s sound travelled quickly through the digital world – online magazines clamored to share the song and community radio eagerly slotted it into their playlists – all off the back of buzzing word of mouth. The hypnotic follow-up ‘Hide’ topped the Hype Machine chart, garnered them triple j airplay and flew into the number one spot on the AirlT charts. After signing to Dew Process and securing coveted spots on the Splendour in the Grass and Laneway line-ups - their third single, ‘Dust’ continues their musical story, as a band who offers timeless; magnetic songs, executed by musicians with maturity beyond their years.
No one was more surprised by their sudden success than Little May themselves. Formed in 2012, Liz Drummond, Hannah Field and Annie Hamilton, are three high school friends, singer-songwriters from Sydney’s North. Together, they penned sometimes quiet, always potent songs that would soon see them coined as one of Australia’s breakout acts of 2014 and the burgeoning status as the “next great storytellers” (It’s My Kind of Scene).
The EP itself is a celebration of the triumphs of Little May. Alongside tracks that include the haunting ‘Dust’, the bittersweet charm of ‘Boardwalks’ and the infectious melodies of ‘Hide’, the band debut two yet unheard and closely-guarded tracks, ‘Midnight Hour’ and ‘Bones’. Stripped back and moody, ‘Midnight Hour’ sees Hannah Fields’ steely sweet vocals contest against delicate strums of acoustic guitar, while the choral harmonies of ‘Bones’ delivers the slow-burning hooks that have become trademark Little May.
Every now and then, a band stops you in your tracks. Meet Little May.
PRAISE FOR LITTLE MAY
“In a musical landscape that’s dominated by electro/pop/R&B hybrids, there’s not a ton of room for those songs heavily driven by layered guitar progressions and minimal percussion… But Australian trio Little May have proven that they have the innate talent to hold their own...” PIGEONS AND PLANES
“Hauntingly Beautiful.” NYLON MAGAZINE
"Little May make folk tunes with a hint of ghoulish darkness, and they deserve all the glowing admiration they can muster." FRANKIE MAGAZINE
“Beautifully floaty tunes that sound impressively effortless.” TRIPLE J
"there’s more to Little May than first meets the eye (or ear): their songs possess a shimmering intensity that sets them apart from the crowd.” FBI RADIO
"There’s just something painfully beautiful about the way Little May expose their music and the fact that they have an ability to have such a emotionally strong hold over the listener.” CASUAL BAND BLOGGER
Bernard Fanning offers up ‘GROW AROUND YOU’ lifted from his latest #1 album Departures. Berneard and his band will be stopping by the Fotty Show AFL Grand Final show on Thursday 26th September for a special televised headline-performance.
Returning in a wall of shimmering synth and hook-laden guitars, Guineafowl delivers a partnering video for new single ‘Little Death (Make It Rain)’ and announces details of a special EP launch night taking over Sydney’s Club 77 on Thursday 10th October