Firefly Burning: Breathe Shallow

Artists: Firefly Burning

Series: Festival of New, Residencies

Ideas explored: writing and recording new music

Firefly Burning are a 5-piece ensemble from London with eclectic tastes and a passion for collaboration. Evoking sounds of Sufjan Stevens, Steve Reich and Kate Bush, their songcraft combines emotional directness and dazzling instrumental arrangements with luscious vocal harmonies and a dark contemporary energy. Intricate guitar and piano lines dance alongside strings and gamelan, driven by bass synth and kick drum, with Bea Hankey’s exquisite voice soaring above.

“beguilingly hypnotic… soaring folk-chamber-pop triumph” The Progressive Aspect

“even their wilder flights of fancy possess a crystalline poise that is nothing short of beautiful” The Crack

We’re touring our third studio album Breathe Shallow, which we created with support from Snape Maltings and PRSF. It will be amazing to perform in the Britten Studio as this is where we recorded the album, with producer Tim Friese-Greene (Talk Talk). An incantation of hope, loss and longing, ’Breathe Shallow’ is a full-hearted expression of the band’s distinctive minimalist art-folk. The nine new songs map the terrain of what it is to love and lose, from the heartbreaking optimism of ‘It Won’t Be Long’, through the title track’s meditation on pain and release, to the joyous dystopian catharsis of ‘Take Me There’. We’re playing Festival of New as part of a tour which also includes dates in Oxford, Brighton, Bristol, Dartington and London