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Claire Vine’s songs sound like they’ve always existed. She has a knack for condensing urgent political and social commentary into concise, uncompromising moments of raw beauty.
Her debut EP Tunnel was released in December 2020, comprising six original songs with rich layers of harmonium and strings alongside complex a capella vocal arrangements, and between them all a thread of honest observations about the state of the world. She also sings and writes with dreamfolk trio Hands of the Heron, clarinet and harmonium to their arrangements, and contributing songs such as ‘Take Me Outside’ and ‘Pieces of Me’.
For fans of: Cosmo Sheldrake, Peggy Seeger, Mountain Man, Lankum
Cuculi Records is a DIY label based in Bristol, run by a woman-led collective of musicians and songwriters with the aim of helping grassroots artists navigate the complexities of releasing music independently. We work with bedroom composers, folk singers, ambient explorers and unusual ensembles who might struggle to find a niche on the scene for their weird, quiet, compelling music, based on our own experiences as outsider musicians. Many of the folks we work with are neurodiverse, and we have all felt a huge impact on our work by creating a resilient, compassionate network of like-minded artists.
Our current roster includes Eleven Magpies, Tom Calladine, Anna Anise, House of Figs, Bea Piper and Hands of the Heron - the last being an alt-folk trio who co-founded the label in 2020. We’ve worked with some artists through every stage of production and release, and others we’ve supported by managing press and distribution after they’ve completed production on their albums themselves. Most recently, we’ve been running Cuculi Presents, a series of intimate gigs around Bristol with a focus on listening and experimentation. We’ve hosted nine events since June 2022 and all of them have sold out, with several more to come over the spring and summer.