“There’s also the simple beauty of family voices intertwining, with Charm of Finches’ Mabel & Ivy – and even their names seem perfectly anachronistic for the folk purity of their music – providing the harmonies for Sky Watching... that slightly mystical alternate reality, maybe owing something to Joanna Newsom and that ilk. Despite - or perhaps because of - their youth, the music they make is affecting and emotional. ”
Melbourne's teen sister duo, Charm of Finches, aka Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes, sing dreamy harmonies: haunted folk tunes about heartbreak, solitude and whispering trees.
They started busking Appalachian folk songs outside the local veggie shop when they were 11 and 8. The duo have played folk festival stages throughout Australia since 2015, winning the 2017 National Folk Festival Gill Rees Memorial Young Musician's' Award and were a 2017 Young Artist Award Winner for Folk Alliance Australia (FAA).
In 2016 they released their debut album "Staring at the Starry Ceiling", with Rhythms Magazine writing "For a duo so young to conjure a full album of music so candid and original as this is astonishing...Charm of Finches sound like they're mining something far more ancient and universal" .
NEW SINGLE 'THE BRIDGE'
They released their new single, "The Bridge" in July 2018, inspired by an experience the two had while on tour last Christmas, heading up to play the Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland.
"We were walking across a bridge when we came upon a group of young people, probably not much older than us, who were obviously grieving. There were flowers and beer cans hanging from the bridge, and we found out their friend had jumped off the bridge during a party and didn't make it. This stayed with us all day. As a young person, how do you deal with losing someone who was so young and had their whole life ahead of them? We had also been through this experience and it's very intense and complex. That evening we wrote a song as a kind of ode to our experience that day.
"In terms of the arrangement and production of this song, we were really inspired by Sufjan Stevens and his dreamy production on 'Carrie and Lowell'. We worked with producer Nick Huggins on our debut album and we returned to his peaceful studio in Point Lonsdale (near Geelong) to get creative for this song. He has a rustic old piano which we tinkled on playfully while we were waiting around. Nick recorded it casually, and it ended up being the opening sounds of the track. We love working with Nick, he's right in the creative flow from the very start. He's very open. It's also important for us to play all the different instruments on our recordings, so that dictates the sound too. Ivy has been deep into exploring Celtic fiddle, so the solo on the track has that vibe."
'The Bridge' music video was shot by Adalita (Magic Dirt) and features 7 teenagers on location in the Salt Lake country near Colac and the Otways forest.