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We self-released our first single The Last of the Melting Snow in December 2008, swiftly followed by our debut album The Sleeper. It was named a Rough Trade Album of the Year, and iTunes Singer Songwriter Album of the Year. We were lucky enough to receive a lot of media support during that period, which intensified when Melting Snow, then Save it for Someone Who Cares received two consecutive Ivor Novello nominations for ‘Best Song, Lyrically and Musically’. Being the first unsigned artists to be nominated brought with it quite a lot of media attention. The nadir was probably the Sun headline ‘Ivor no idea who he is either’. Anyway, we signed to Full Time Hobby, re-releasing The Sleeper (+ bonus disc) and putting out our next 3 records (Into the Murky Water, Alone Aboard the Ark and The Fine Art of Hanging On) with them.
In the intervening years we’ve enjoyed some amazing highlights and honours; packing the acoustic tent at our first Glastonbury, playing Meltdown Festival for Richard Thompson, then for our hero Ray Davies, (who asked us to record and perform new material with him), getting to work with Brian Eno, helping score our friend Paddy Considine’s debut film Tyrannosaur, performing with The Heritage Orchestra at The Barbican, touring the UK’s cathedrals with Laura Marling and building our own live following up to a Shepherd’s Bush Empire headline show. We’re currently finishing off our 5th album, the biggest, most ambitious one yet.