Classical composer Ludwig van Beethoven has been quoted as saying, “Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.” Smoke Fairies, a London-based female duo, seem to be the embodiment of that sentiment. Like their name would suggest, Smoke Fairies evoke ethereal imagery with their angelic voices. Yet, these heavenly harmonies are drawn down to the ground with swampy guitar riffs inspired by the finger-picking and bottleneck-slide styles of the Delta blues, a genre of American music steeped in the sweat and tears of human hardship.
Take a gander at the video for their tune, “Frozen Heart,” and let us know what you think of Smoke Fairies. Are there other bands that you feel succeed in seamlessly combining two – or more! – seemingly disparate styles of music?