Kadia – The Outlandish Collection

EP Review | Self Release | Review by Ange Hardy and Rob Swan | Stars: 3/5

Kadia first came to our attention by turning up at gigs and immersing themselves in the folk scene. We’ve seen them in audiences at concerts, watching intently from festival crowds, taking part in workshops, and providing some truly stonking support slots. Their Christmas 2016 support slot for Jim Moray was a particularly enjoyable and impressive performance. So, it’s fair to say, that expectations for The Outlandish EP were high. They’ve met and exceeded expectations. This is a beautifully produced piece of work. Producing an EP that contains the variety that Kadia have demonstrated shows a real insight into their attention to detail, this release has had a lot of thought put into it. This is a collection of songs that holds up against anything released by any of the major players in the British folk scene, and that any established act would deservedly be proud of. “Captain Ward” hits the ground running with lead vocals from Chris Bailey, the “Cricketers Set” demonstrates their ability to turn out tunes with the best of them, lead vocals from Lee Cuff are at the core of the wonderful delivery of “Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight”. “The Keeper” is an acapalla vocal arrangement that allows David Hoylands vocals to make a more evident appearance on the EP. “Randy Dandy” then finishes the EP with a relaxed confidence that’s truly admirable. With three part harmony, and a wonderful blend of instruments (cello, drum kit, mandolin and three piece harmony? Yes please!) Kadia have found a fantastic sound. This EP lived in our car for well over a week without being taken out of the player. That speaks volumes. Production, delivery, and attention to detail throughout are superb. This is an EP that is so well put together it’s hard to remember it’s not a full album until you’re half way through the third listen. Latterly we’ve spent some time in the recording studio with Lee Cuff; his musical ability, ear, technical knowledge and professionalism are hard to fault. Keep an eye on these three. They are on a trajectory that deserves to see their names become more and more known on the contemporary folk circuit.