Album Review: Communion Compilation

I have talked about Communion a little before, but for people who don’t know, its basically a folk gig night put on in Leeds, London and Brighton. It was set up by Ben Lovett from Mumford and Sons and Kevin Jones, who was a member of Cherbourg before they split. The night has included the likes of Laura Marling, Noah and the Whale, JJ Pistolet and Mumford and Sons among many others. This album is an introduction to the whole London nu-folk movement, featuring both more establish artists such as Mumford and Sons and Johnny Flynn alongside new artists. It’s wonderful to see that this scene is ever growing and getting stronger, I think one of the special things about folk music is how it brings people together and I hope this compilation will bring more people into the folk movement.

The record is started off by a previously unreleased track by Johnny Flynn called ‘In the Honour of Industry’, a song with a different feel from A Laurm, showing he is continuing to develop as a very talented songwriter after his wonderful Sweet William EP. The collection goes on with stand out tracks from Stokes William, Andrew Davie, Peggy Sue, Elena Tonra and obviously ‘Sister’ by Mumford and Sons although few of the tracks slip into the background, proving that the folk movement has some very strong new acts and will continue to grow and grow. Songs such as Peter by Elena Tonra, a song apparently written about Peter Pan, and More than Letters Benjamin Francis Leftwich show how beautiful and strong the singer songwriter still is, and tracks such as That Sinking Feeling by Broadcast 2000 and February Snow by Peggy Sue shows how folk has developed into something very new and indie-inspired. Zion by Stokes, William, one of my favourites rings both Mumford and Sons and Johnny Flynn influences compared with the Jeffrey Lewis sounding Beans on Toast song. The record shows both the diversity and the community feel that the folk movement has. The collection is ended beautifully with the delicate sound of Matthew Corby, one of the few artists on the album that was new to me. The Chapter are as followed:

Chapter 1

Johnny Flynn – In The Honour Of Industry

Jay Jay Pistolet – Vintage Red

Marcus Foster – Circle In A Square

Stokes, William feat. Marcus Mumford – Zion

Pete Roe – Bellina

Chapter 2

Broadcast 2000 – That Sinking Feeling

Benjamin Francis Leftwich – More Than Letters

Jeremy Warmsley – How We Became

Brendan Campbell – Maudlin Reverie

Alessi’s Ark – Hands In The Sink

Chapter 3

Mumford and Sons – Sister

Matthew and the Atlas – Deadwood

Alan Pownall – Take Me

Elena Tonra – Peter

Beans On Toast – Things To Do Before You’re Thirty

Chapter 4

Kurran and the Wolfnotes – Pounding

Peggy Sue – February Snow

Andrew Davie – Lie Down In The Blood

Rachel Sermanni – My Friend Fire

Jesse Quin and the Mets – The Sculptor and the Stone

Matt Corby – Light Home

The record is out on vinyl on March 1st but you can pre-order it today from here and you will get your mp3’s to listen to now. I really do recommend it and its only about £10 so well worth it!

Best Tracks: Peter- Elena Tonra, Zion- Stokes, William, February Snow- Peggy Sue and Sister- Mumford and Sons

Rating: 4/5

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4 responses to “Album Review: Communion Compilation

  1. The video for “Little Lion Man” has been released and is available to see here:

    You can stream the album in full here:
    http://www.myspace.com/mumfordandsons

  2. ken

    Just stopping by and giving my compliments to another music blogger who posts about great bands like this one.

  3. Pingback: EP Review: To the North- Matthew and the Atlas « flying with anna

  4. Pingback: New Treat #19: Elena Tonra « flying with anna

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