There is an enchanting delicacy to the sound produced by Me and My Friends that you wouldn’t perhaps expect from a band whose primary influences include highlife, afro-beat and roots reggae. A unique and singular blend, it’s the sound of English folk colliding head-on with the golden-era music of 1970s West Africa and the Caribbean.
Beautiful harmonies, stunning clarinet and cello lines, and mesmerizing bass and drum patterns all cradle the exquisite finger-picking guitar of chief songwriter and vocalist Nick Rasle. These are vintage sounds brilliantly blended with modern English folk and hints of jazz and the life-affirming result is both sumptuous and enthralling.
Having wowed audiences across the UK with their whirlwind live show, the quintet released their second album to critical acclaim on Soundway Records in 2016.
“Unusual instrumental forces create a sublime fusion that combines pastoral dreaminess with the heat of reggae, highlife and Afrobeat sounds” – Songlines Magazine.
“A life-affirming sound”, Loose Ends, BBC Radio 4.
“They’ve got joy written through them, like a stick of Blackpool rock!” Alex Lester, BBC Radio 2.
“Amazing live show” Quantic.