Topspin, the new album from Cardboard Fox, leads the band in a subtly different direction. Drawing on a rich variety of influences, including jazz, folk and pop, but always rooted in bluegrass, the album uses a wide sonic palate with many layers of instrumentation and harmony. In addition to the core instruments of fiddle, mandolin, guitar and double bass, the band adds a selection of other instruments, with trumpet, banjo, lap steel, electric guitar and octave violin played by members of the band, and percussion provided by engineer and producer Josh Clark (Kate Rusby, Damien O’Kane, Ron Block, Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys).
Lead vocals are evenly split between twin sisters Charlotte and Laura Carrivick, with backing vocals from the other two band members, Joe Tozer and John Breese. Of the eleven tracks on the album, there are eight original songs, two covers and one original instrumental. The covers reflect the wide spectrum of the band’s influences, ranging from legendary American roots songwriter, Gillian Welch’s ‘Tear My Stillhouse Down’ to Owl City’s synth-pop hit, ‘Fireflies’.
Topspin is the band’s third release, preceded by their self-titled EP which won the 2015 Spiral Earth award for Best Debut, which was then followed by the band’s first full length album, Out of Mind, in 2016 (“crisp and light, the arrangements delightfully layered” Country Music People). In the five years since their formation, Cardboard Fox have established themselves as a unique force on the UK roots scene and have successfully toured internationally, having performed across mainland Europe as well as Canada and the USA, building a reputation for explosive live performances.
“Ranging effortlessly across genres…Top notch musicianship and singing coupled with songwriting excellence” Folk Radio UK
“…assured and distinctive…a joy to listen to.” FATEA
“Laura, Charlotte, Joe and John are a breath of fresh air on the UK roots scene” Three Chords and the Truth UK
“When I first heard this band, I quite literally shed a tear. They were terrific.” Bill Oddie
Cardboard Fox play Minety Village Hall, nr Swindon on Friday 8th June