'Ebullient, heartfelt alt-folk duo'
'A cross between The Tallest Man on Earth, early Bon Iver and The Lumineers'
Stables - The alt-folk duo formed by Matthew Lowe (Keston Cobblers Club) and Daniel Trenholme.
Stables was formed in January 2016 during late night drinks between Matthew and Daniel in London. Matthew was working on a new project idea at the time and, after playing through what was to become their first single, 'Steam', at 5 am, the duo was born, and quickly went public four months later.
'Beyond Brushes' (their debut album) was released to critical acclaim just nine months after, in August 2016, and was championed by the likes of BBC's Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson and BBC6 Recommends amongst others, soon establishing them firmly on the circuit, with a growing fan base.
Just a month after the release Matthew and Daniel embarked on their first UK headline tour, followed by a small French headline. Stables put emphasis on 'energy' when playing live; switching instruments and producing the sound of a full band, with big harmonies and varied styles. Matthew says; 'I always wanted to create a simple sound that could then be taken further when needed, from a small folk club, to a large festival stage'. Stables have gone on to tour the UK further, performing at major festivals including Glastonbury Festival and five European, headline tours just over a year.
Stables' second album, 'Reverie', was released at the end of February 2018, surpassing their debut. 'We're incredibly proud of this record and can't wait for people to hear it'. Matthew calls it an 'almost break up album' that he wrote whilst in a 'period of relationship unrest, which resolved during the process'. 'This is the album we always wanted to release when we first imagined Stables. We love our debut, but this feels like the sound we always set out to produce'.
'Cracking Stuff!' - Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 2 & 6 Music
'It's really quite beautiful, very charming indeed' - Ricky Ross, BBC Radio Scotland
'Personal favourite' - Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music