You would have to have a heart of stone to not be touched by Longfellow’s genuine sincerity. A soulful amalgamation of folk and indie, it was a shame that this band had such an early set at Summer Party 2012; had there been more people around, they would have most definitely been a crowd favourite.
Drawing resemblance with artists such as Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Bright Eyes and Neutral Milk Hotel, this band presented its (albeit, fairly small) audience with an array of beautifully touching and professionally delivered songs, with lead singer Owen Lloyd’s raspy, understated and outright lovely-to-listen-to vocals being the highlight of the set.
John Mayer-influenced guitar chord patterns, keyboards and some particularly harmonic backing vocals wrapped this band up as a tight, palatable entourage of contemporary music, yet also a band clearly instilled with traditional musical influences. Crooning vocals and beautifully rendered piano parts were simply an irresistible combination, their song ‘The Silence’ being a particularly heart-wrenching and touching moment of the set.
Modest, authentic and soulful, this talented, charming and unsigned band hailing from Nottingham deserve more publicity than they have yet received. The band’s humbleness and gratitude came across in their performance, and the sincerity of their songs was somewhat haunting; having heard them for the first time at Summer Party, the sentimentality behind their music stuck with me to the point where I went home and gave them a proper listen. Expect big things from this up-and-coming band, and expect it to be affecting.
To hear Longfellow for yourself, go to www.longfellow-music.com, facebook.com/LongfellowMusic and soundcloud.com/longfellowmusic