Wildwood Kin enjoyed a phenomenal second stage to their career in 2019. Live shows included a triumphant return to Glastonbury and a full UK tour which included a sold-out London show at Omeara, while their self-titled second album earned support from Radio 2, Sunday Brunch, The Times, Wonderland and The Sun.
The family alt-folk trio now return by sharing a brand new isolation session video of the song ‘Headed For The Water’. Although separated by lockdown in Devon, Derby and London, the three musicians recorded their parts individually to create a mesmerising performance. Utilising a variety of instruments (including some improvised percussion) alongside their elegant vocal harmonies, it sounds as natural as if they were together in the same room. The video was then edited by the band’s Beth Key.
The result is a soothing, hymnal take on the trio’s favourite song and centrepiece from their current album. ‘Headed For The Water’ was chosen after Wildwood Kin launched a public vote to choose a song for them to record in isolation. It was also a staple of their recent live shows.
“We had various difficulties sending files between each other with many hour-long uploads freezing so this project took us a lot longer than we expected but we hope now it’s here that those who voted for it will enjoy it!” explains Beth. “We’re missing each-other loads, we think this is possibly the longest we’ve been apart for many, many years so this is the closest we can get to each other and our fans”.
“It’s been such a blessing to have the ability to connect with people digitally throughout this time. We didn’t realise how much we’ve taken performing live for granted until now,” adds Meg.
Consisting of sisters Emillie and Beth Key along with their cousin Meghann Loney, Wildwood Kin all make an equal contribution to the group’s songwriting. Their 2017 debut album ‘Turning Tides’ made a striking first impression and resulted in majestic performances at Glastonbury, Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park and the Teenage Cancer Trust’s ‘A Beautiful Night Out’ at the Royal Albert Hall.
They then delved deeper into their sound for their second album during sessions in Los Angeles, Nashville and Oxfordshire. The album was produced by Ian Grimble (Bear’s Den, Beth Orton), while co-writers included Gabrielle Aplin, Angelo Petraglia (Taylor Swift, Kings of Leon) and Alex Davies (Sigrid, Birdy).