Maverick Magazine: “quite different to anything out there right now”.
R2 Magazine: “the songs are gorgeous”.
Described as “like a young Billie Holiday gate-crashing a Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones recording session”, blues and roots duo MA POLAINE’S GREAT DECLINE continue to build a reputation as an intriguing and hard to pigeon-hole act.
At Green Note this Spring Ma Polaine’s Great Decline launch their highly anticipated second album, “The Outsider”. The latest record finds the duo tightening their unique sound whilst remaining decidedly easy and loose with the range of influences they draw from. Blues, jazz and country feature strongly, but what this duo admire most in others is individuality, musically and in attitude, so Billie Holiday, Tom Waits, Nina Simone, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Nick Cave are just a few examples.
The songs on “The Outsider” take on wild and dark themes, creating a style with both grit and beauty. Disturbed obsession, love’s ability to engulf, people tossed into homelessness, the grass being rarely greener, the singer’s own funeral, yet Beth Packer’s lyrics paint pictures that subtly let the listener find their own meaning.
2016’s EP release Small Town Talk gained rave media reviews, building on 2015’s nomination as an emerging artist in the British Blues Awards, winning a Reveal Records emerging act competition, an international song-writing semi-final spot for Suffer It Well from 2013 EP of the same name.
“Ma Polaine’s Great Decline inhabit that twilight zone between decadence and respectability but they never let you know in which camp they are going to plant their musical foot”. – Folk All
“5 stars”, “it’s the singer’s compelling and never overplayed delivery, however, that gives this set its sustained, just-under-the surface intensity”. – Roots Music Report
“8/10”, “Crying out to be used on sound tracks. A very cinematic sound.. The icing on the cake is their vocalist. Stunning singer Beth Packer is someone to get to know”. – Blues And Soul Magazine
“4/5”, “an utterly compelling soundscape”. – Northern Sky Magazine