The multinational Guillemots, comprised of English singer and classically trained pianist Fyfe Dangerfield, Brazilian guitarist MC Lord Magrao, Scottish percussionist Greig Stewart (aka Rican Caol), and Canadian double bassist Aristazabal Hawkes, use their eclectic influences and personal styles to create a catchy pop sound and an energetic live show that have won them many fans in their British home base. In 2005, they opened for Rufus Wainwright during his U.K. tour and released the EP I Saw Such Things in My Sleep. The "mini-album" From the Cliffs (a collection of their early singles, including all four songs from the EP) came out in March 2006. The full-length, Through the Windowpane followed later that year, and the very poppy Red, which included the hit single "Get Over It" was issued in the spring of 2008. The band took a brief hiatus, allowing Dangerfield to release a 2010 solo album, Fly Yellow Moon, before returning to the studio for 2011's well-received Walk the River and 2012's Hello Land!. Recorded largely in Norway, Hello Land! and was the first of four albums that would make up a project based around the four season, known as The Emporium of Fine Things.
~ Marisa Brown
- London, England