Constellations is an apt album title for a band that seems as unworldly as Moulettes.
The six-piece will be debuting material from the album, their third, when they play at The Wedgewood Rooms tomorrow.
Recorded in studios, churches, tunnels, workshops and bedrooms around Brighton and Lewes in the summer of 2013, the album features a host of guest performances from legends Arthur Brown and Herbie Flowers (Lou Reed, David Bowie) and contemporaries Blaine Harrison (Mystery Jets), The Unthanks and Emma Richardson (Band Of Skulls).
While the south coast collective are often called a folk group, their sound is actually much harder to pigeonhole, drawing in everything from dub, to pop and classical music – and that’s the way they like it.
Hannah Miller, main songwriter, singer and cellist, told The Guide she calls their style ‘orchestral cinematic’ and explains: ‘It’s because of the fact that we all come from different musical backgrounds and we’ve played in different disciplines
‘We love listening to music of all sorts.
‘People can listen to Moulettes and hear Shostakovich, Miles Davis, Pentangle, Pink Floyd, Bjork and Skrillex. That’s where we’ve all come from – everyone shares in more than 80 years of recorded music history.’
As to how they got the God of Hellfire himself onboard – for the suitably menacing Lady Vengeance, Hannah says: ‘Arthur Brown lives locally to us here in Lewes and our bassist Jim played with him, so there was the link there, and we became good friends with him. He’s done a few gigs with us, and to get him on the album was brilliant.’
The band have also been active in the local music scene – they helped found the Sotones Music Co-operative label, based in Southampton.
But in the meantime, Moulettes will carry on stargazing.
Tickets cost £10 and are available from wedgewood-rooms.co.uk or by calling (023) 9268 3911.