Where There’s Smoke Fairies, There’s Fire

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?

About Richard

Richard finds style inspiration in an assortment of historical figures, musicians, and movie characters, including Doc Holliday, Tracy Pew, Han Solo, and El Topo. When not tapping at the computer keyboard for ModCloth, Richard spends his time playing music and dreaming of composing the perfect soundtrack to an epic gothic western film set on a distant, dusty planet, where the cowboys ride rocket-powered motorcycles instead of horses.

7 Responses to Where There’s Smoke Fairies, There’s Fire

  1. Holley Maher 08/18/2010 at 12:39 pm #

    I really LOVE this sound, it reminds me of the Black Keys musically but celtic folk music or Jesca Hoop vocally.

    Take a listen to the sneak peek of my new EP, it’s something all its own.. I think you might like it!


  2. Laura V 08/18/2010 at 4:35 pm #

    If the song was a moment: Amy Lee from Evanescence meets MGMT’s desert-dwelling cousins


  3. Elodie 08/19/2010 at 8:37 am #

    Thank you for the discovery !
    Beautiful voices, but very strange vid.
    It sounds like modern celtic music, irish music, not so original.

  4. Audrey S 08/22/2010 at 7:48 pm #


  5. Jessica 08/23/2010 at 10:01 am #

    Love this! They sound like Loreena McKennit, but the bluesy guitar makes it really interesting.

  6. Mez 08/26/2010 at 6:10 am #

    CRAP video. Really home made looking; FANTASTIC song if you ask me though

  7. Claudia Meza 09/19/2010 at 3:54 pm #

    hm i see. myself, been trying to learn blues guitar for quite a while myself now, but just never really got to practicing regularly. found bluesguitarforyou.com recently and working through that now, so far i think im doing quite good. still doesnt quite feel right though..

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