Solasta is relatively new UK folk ensemble that is gaining increasing notoriety because of their peculiar style of celtic folk, wich incorporates many elements from classical and jazz, and also for their lively exhibitions. Solasta is composed by three young but already acclaimed instrumentalists: award-winning fiddler Elisabeth Flett, cellist Hannah Thomas and guitarist Jamie Leeming. But well beyond the talent of the individual musicians, it’s the emotional cohesion that they have achieved which makes thier music so effective and, at times, magical.
Solasta debuted in 2016 with a self-titled EP, and they released this year their debut LP, named A Cure for the Curious. The songs recorded by the trio don’t correspond to that idea of “popular” celtic folk (I would say “commercial”) that too often has been released for the masses of casual listeners. The music of Solasta is in fact deep and articulated, full of references and elements from ancient music, and it requires a certain patience and dedication to be appreciated in its entirety.
The musical lines that are played by the three instruments intertwine one with the other, generating articulated harmonies and atmospheres that are sometimes dreamy and joyful, sometimes darker and more reflective. None of the three artists dominates the others, and the resulting balance is impressive and in many songs really exciting to listen.
The songs I like the most in A Cure for the Curious are the most melancholic ones and, in this respect, in thet short timespan of just a few years Solasta has shown an impressive musical evolution. Beyond being appreciated as talented performers, the three musicians have been focusing on enhancing the emotional aspect of the music, making their songs much more than just a mere demonstration of their technical and virtuosistic ability.
A Cure for the Curious is available for streaming on Spotify.
Highligts: Bedlam Boys, The 5/8 Set and Lost and Found.