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Big Little Lions – ‘A Little Frayed, A Little Torn’ (album stream) (premiere)

The latest album by the bi-coastal duo Big Little Lions is a set of pop-anchored folk tunes in the vein of the Lumineers.

The folk-pop duo Big Little Lions make their music from afar. Helen Austin lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she records her portions of the tunes in a little red studio. Paul Otten’s studio resides in the Ohio valley. You could hardly tell this distance from listening to A Little Frayed, A Little Torn, the duo’s latest full-length outing. The conviviality and charm that are palpable in these 12 tunes sound like the product of two people working closely and side-by-side. But, then again, the natural pairing of Austin and Otten is an indication that distance is just a number, one that can’t hold back real musical camaraderie.

Clearly inspired by the sounds of neo-folk artists like the Lumineers and Mumford and Sons, particularly the former, Big Little Lions’ A Little Frayed, A Little Torn is a jubilant collection of folk-pop songcraft.

A Little Frayed, A Little Torn is out on 7 April via Far Flung/Blaster. You can pre-order it via iTunes.