Golden leaves, the end of post-work surfs, the return of the student population, dark storm clouds rolling in from the Atlantic (although this could have defined most of the Cornish summer this time round!) Perhaps fall is indeed a far more appropriate description of autumn, as the nights close in and those late evenings chasing the breeze along beach and valley seem but a distant memory.
Such is the melancholy brought to us through the delectable sound of Matthew Dixon and Emily Maughan, with their heart-wrenching musical meander through love, the universe and mostly everything on their debut EP The Honey of Absence.
Having cemented their alt-folk credentials to considerable acclaim, (he through the beautifully haunting All The Fires, she through the nationally famed Fullerenes) this eclectic duo bring an alchemy to the table that is, frankly, impossible to not fall for. From the dew-fresh and lullaby-laden Inside An Hour, to the he-she to and fro-ing of lead track Silence, Dixon/Maugham (For president!) exude a musical adeptness that combines all our favourite musical ingredients; passion, pain, gentility and promise. With angelic harmonies and strings that make you go ooh (copyright C&C Music Factory – kind of…) this would be the perfect complement to a rainy afternoon sat by the big bay window with a huge chunk of Yarg and a large glass of Rioja.
If you get a sniff of an opportunity to see this duo ploughing their path across the peninsula this fall (it really is growing on me!) then you’ll be in store for nothing short of a magical journey through the minds of two of Cornwall’s most relevant and lyrical musicians today. Need I say more?