It’s fair to assume that two sounds you wouldn’t expect to find on an average Fleetwood Mac cover are accordion and tin whistle. And once you’ve found them there, that you wouldn’t find them swimming in a warm bath of swirling, bleeping electronics. However, that is exactly what you are faced with on Never going back again, the glorious first track on this release and, potentially, one of the definitive Fleetwood Mac covers (yes, including Rory Gallagher).
The Salt Flats are a Belfast band, made up of singers Cara Cowan and Katie Richardson, and producers/instrumentalists Ewan and Mark Gordon. You may recognise a couple of names there – Katie Richardson fronts Katie & the Carnival and Ewan Gordon is the purveyor of beguiling folktronica as Coney Island Sound. So far so interesting, and the music doesn’t disappoint.
If Never going back again is the standout, Big love and Everywhere also do great justice to the folk-music-meets-FM-radio origins of the material. The voices are earthy, never too sweet, and ride waves of reedy mellotrons and pitter-patter beats. It’s gorgeous stuff, all round.