Review: Moulettes, Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

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Moulettes are one of those rare bands that invite you into their own fully realised world, and once you’re there you might never want to leave.

With six and sometimes seven members on stage – support act Kate Young often joins them on violin – calling them merely folk does them a disservice.

Their magpie sound draws on a wide variety of influences, all wrapped up in the dark gothic humour of main songwriter Hannah Miller.

I’m not sure any two songs are played in quite the same band configuration, with harp, bassoon, cello, autoharp and sax among the instruments being utilised.

And the sound can turn from hushed acoustic folk to apocalyptic rock (they’re big on apocalypses), via almost orchestral passages, on the turn of a dime. The level of musicianship on display is impressive.

There are many highlights - including Lady Vengeance from their forthcoming third album Constellations, which is a big, brooding beast of a song, and their murder ballad, of sorts, Bloodshed in the Woodshed.

If Grimm was around today and wanted a soundtrack to his fairytales, this is the band he would turn to. They’re next due back in Hampshire for the Blissfields Festival in July. Moulettes will make it worth the admission alone.