Cherbourg - Last Chapter of Dreaming EP (Chess Club)

Anthony Cody | Saturday, 24 January 2009

Cherbourg - Last Chapter of Dreaming EP (Chess Club)

Cherbourg, a newly-formed London band, keeps good company. After performing alongside fellow folk contemporaries Johnny Flynn, Laura Marling and Jay Jay Pistolet in December at London's Cargo, the band not only justified their position on the bill, but became a highlight of the night.

Their EP begins with ‘Never Love Again’, which possesses such a rousing violin segment that it would be criminal to let this one slip through the cracks in this record. Put simply, this track is as close to a modern ‘folk-pop anthem’ as you’ll find. If Cherbourg does manage to break into the public consciousness, it will be with this tune.

Next up is ‘Horses’, which has a western feel to it: brooding timpani percussion, moody vocals and melancholic violins. It’s a strong, poignant track. The choral lyric, "The life you were promised never came," stays with the listener long after hearing ‘Horses’.

‘Let You Down’ and ‘The Mill’ are thoughtful ballads which follow the similar formula which was evident in ‘Horses’; they are emotional songs rooted in themes such as loss and desperation. These are the sorts of songs that Snow Patrol and Coldplay wish they were writing.

If you enjoy the sound of Noah and the Whale and Mumford & Sons, then Cherbourg will not disappoint. It’s fairly intense music, but ultimately very rewarding. In the space of these four songs, the band demonstrates their potential to create a brilliant album. Cherbourg’s music will not be for everyone, but those who are enjoying the recent resurgence of British folk music will no doubt embrace the four-piece band and their soulful tunes.

Rating: 4/5