HAUNTING AND MELODICALLY BEAUTIFUL (SUNDAY TIMES)

A hidden treasure of the English music scene, Oddfellow’s Casino have been quietly releasing albums since 2002, to critical acclaim. They hail from the mountains of Sussex and are an ensemble whose music and live performances centre around forgotten corners of England, birds, landscapes, ghosts, death and an old Victorian freakshow from which they take their name.

At the centre of the group is singer-songwriter David Bramwell (an English Sufjan Stevens – Les Inrockuptibles) whose other musical exploits include recording with cult producer Kramer (Shimmy Disc) and collaborating with Grasscut, Stereolab’s Simon Johns and Steve Lewis from Fujiya & Miyagi

Let's be honest, Oddfellow's don't play live as much as they should do. They have however, performed to festival audiences in Estonia, UK, France and Spain and often perform with a film soundtrack. 

Their third album, The Raven’s Empire saw the group veering from pounding hypnotic orchestral arrangements and plaintive piano tracks to Stooges-style guitars; all held within Oddfellow’s distinctive English sound. It was produced by Andrew Philips of Grasscut.

Their last album, The Water Between Us, was produced by Julian Tardo (Fear of Men/War on Drugs). Released on French label,Microcultures, it was hailed as a 'masterpiece' by France's Magic magazine.

An album of B-sides, Dust, is due for release in 2015. Oddfellow's are currently working on their fifth studio album.  

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PODCAST

Enter a world of mysterious soundscapes, peppered with stories and curious histories that have inspired his music. Learn about ghost radio stations, Alan Moore, drowned villages, the bohemian life of Moomin creator Tove Jansson or the history of rum, before David gently wraps it all up with a track from the Oddfellow’s archive.

 


Press & reviews

Full of restrained anthems that mix the sensitivity of Sufjan Stevens with the big hearted warmth and soft harmonies of Elbow.
— Uncut Magazine
A haunting and melodically beautiful album, peopled by ghosts and aliens.
— Sunday Times
With its criss-crossing themes, multiple narrators and geographical specifics, the record is kin to the interlinked, time-spanning tales of Alan Moore’s eerie Northamptonshire novel Voice of the Fire – praise not given lightly.
— Bowlegs Music
Bramwell’s wistful voice is well suited to this kind of subtle, melodious songwriting, A memorable work of art.
— Terrascope
Firmly out of sync with current trends, being instead a delicate pastoral exploration of the countryside, coloured with brass and sweet vocals reminiscent of Soft Machine-era Robert Wyatt. Notes linger. Tunes ache. Lyrics tease, like a cornucopia of found sound and jumble sale psychedelia.
— Everett True, Plan B