Eliza McCarthy plays 6 piano pieces by Mica Levi on ‘Slow Dark Green Murky Waterfall’. The pair’s collaboration has patiently cemented in the past three years, with McCarthy (winner of the 2013 British Contemporary Piano Competition) featuring on Levi’s Oscar-nominated score for Pablo Larrain’s ‘Jackie’. Eliza has performed Mica's work at the Barbican, St John’s Smith Square, and on a 7” both shared with cellist Oliver Coates on Foom in 2017. ‘Remain Calm’, Levi's 2016 collaboration with Coates, is the composer's previous outing on Slip.
The EP is bound by a sense of unreal poise: the elegant, blunt, low-lit, and gloopy seep into one another. The titles describe what the music is trying to emulate. Levi's idiosyncratic mix, and the care in McCarthy's playing, give ‘Slow Dark Green Murky Waterfall’ a sense of lived-in warmth.
Eliza McCarthy / piano
Music by Mica Levi. Additional Mixing by Sam Slater. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi. Artwork by Mica Levi and Eliza McCarthy.
Available as 320k MP3 or 24bit FLAC
01. Diamond Gun
02. Bullets Hit The Wall Sugar Hits The Bowl
04. Riding Through Drinking Harpo Dine
05. Slow Dark Green Murky Waterfall
06. Smoke Goes Up
Describing herself simply as a "modern English musician", Eliza Carthy is one of the most recognisable faces in British folk. Launching head-on into the scene in the early 90s, she quickly became one of its great innovators. Born into a formidable musical dynasty, Eliza grew up steeped in the folk traditions of England. Her mother Norma was one of The Watersons, whose tight harmony arrangements of traditional songs became one of the defining sounds of the 1960s folk revival. Her father, Martin Carthy, is a hugely significant singer and guitarist, who influenced the likes of Bob Dylan and Paul Simon. As a youngster Eliza was profoundly inspired by the incredible range of traditional and contemporary musicians who were part of the Waterson/Carthy world. But far from being a copyist, Eliza began from an early age to develop her own, unique approach to traditional music. This was at least partly because of her own vastly eclectic tastes: she is knowledgeable about and interested in musical traditions from all over the world, which continue to fuel her creativity to this day. She’s worked with a wide variety of musicians, ranging beyond folks to include the likes of Van Dyke Parks, Kate Tempest and Bill Frisell. This year she released a new solo album, 'Restitute', to raise funds for her Wayward Band with guests including Martin Carthy, Jon Boden, Dave DeLarre, Ben Somers and Ben Seal; and, with Norma Waterson and The Gift Band, this summer’s 'Anchor' on Topic Records. Eliza has been nominated twice for the Mercury Prize, won a Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists, has received eight BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and was awarded an MBE for services to Folk Music. Vice President of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, she has also been an Ambassador for Resonance FM since its inception.