Larkin Poe – Summer

EP Review | Edvins | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 5/5

Coming in almost hot on the tails of the spell-binding Spring EP, Larkin Poe welcome in the summer, slightly later than advertised, with their predictably entitled follow up Summer EP, which presupposes there just might be a couple more to come before the year’s out. They can just keep coming as far as I’m concerned. Once again the Lovell Sisters Rebecca and Megan deliver a further six originals with three bonus live cuts including Blind Willie Johnson’s “In My Time of Dying”, Massive Attack’s “Teardrop” and an outstanding live version of Rebecca’s powerful “The Principle of Silver Lining”, which first appeared on the Spring EP. The nine selections on this EP show a leaning towards a rockier sound with the help of Mike Seal’s informed lead guitar work, which also suits Rebecca’s distinctively rock-chick vocals. The climax of “The Principle of Silver Lining” for instance is right up there with the best of them. The rock riff on “Enough For You” takes the Lovell sisters out of the Bluegrass/Americana field and puts them squarely on the rock stadium stage, without relinquishing the duties of either of their beloved mandolin and dobro for one second. This is what makes this band special. “By the Pier” on the other hand shows yet another side to Rebecca Lovell’s talents, with the co-written (with Mike Seal) piano-led ballad, demonstrating the singer’s command over song structure, executed with all the soulful complexities of a Sondheim musical piece. Being familiar with the Lovell Sisters and now the recorded output of Larkin Poe, it only leaves a desperate desire to see the band live. If the three live cuts on this EP are anything to go by, it looks like we’re all in for a treat in March when not only do we get to see the band over here, but I also get to introduce them at the Barnsley Acoustic Roots Festival. Can’t wait.