Larkin Poe // Self Made Man // Album Review

Sister act Larkin Poe returns with Self Made Man, the follow up to the highly rated and superb 2018’s Venom & Faith which helped propel these musical sisters to another level and gain further notoriety for their unique style and classy musicianship. 

The kids have dropped a few singles to date but myself being old-school has tried my very best to avoid all that 21st Century nonsense and I have patiently waited for the arrival of this beauty to absorb it in my own way, so today I am looking forward to seeing how these ladies have progressed from their last release and run my thoughts over their evolution. Firstly we don’t need to regurgitate the obvious, musically these two are mind-blowing. Their connection musically is second to none, that ingrained family upbringing and playing together from such a young age allows for the most seamless of recordings, an ethereal and effortless sounding recording made only by years of dedication to their craft and 1000’s of miles on the road and gracing the stages of the world with the finest in the business. 

It has been great to see these two now reaping the rewards of their graft from previous years, Venom & Faith is a really gnarly, stripped back feeling album which was close to their roots with an almost acoustic vibe and raw singer-songwriter vibe running through it, Self Made Man has a far more polished feel and air about it which again with the evolution of a band or artist has allowed them to spread their wings that little bit more. All the Larkin Poe signature sounds and quality are here for you to lose yourself in, that beautiful resonance of Rebecca’s vocals to the reassuring sound of Megan’s lap-guitar reminds you that you’re still in that wonderful world of LP yet times are a-changing. 

Overall there is a far more commercial-radio friendly vibe from the tunes coming across my speakers and a gargantuan sounding production that envelopes you from start to finish, if you are familiar with the ladies homemade recordings that brought them to notoriety recorded on their phones, this is far removed from that and whilst the charm of these two ladies radiate in those up close and personal videos, Self Made Man showcases that these two birds need to fly. The world is awaiting and when your talent is in such abundance as it is with these two ladies, who’s gonna hold them back? 

A classy recording from start to finish Larkin Poe have added another quality album to a catalog that many would die for, Self Made Man is out Friday, June 12th via Tricki-Woo Records. 

 

Tracklisting:
Self Made Man
Holy Ghost Fire
Keep Diggin’
Back Down South (feat. Tyler Bryant)
Tears of Blue to Gold
God Moves on the Water
Every Bird That Flies
Scorpion
Ex-Con
Easy Street

 

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Originally due to tour Europe in 2020, Larkin Poe have also announced their rescheduled tour dates, which will now take place in February 2021 along with some additional dates added and venue changes. You can find full details and tickets at the band’s website here.

FEBRUARY 2021 TOUR DATES
03 Feb – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street *
04 Feb – Glasgow, UK @ SWG3 Galvanizers *
05 Feb – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Institute
06 Feb – Brighton, UK @ Chalk *
08 Feb – Bristol, UK @ SWX
09 Feb – Oxford, UK @ O2 Academy *
10 Feb – London, UK @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
11 Feb – Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz
13 Feb – Paris, FR @ Le Trianon
14 Feb – Luxembourg, LU @ den Atelier *
15 Feb – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Main Hall
18 Feb – Madrid, ES @ Sala But
19 Feb – Santander ES @ Escenario Santander *
20 Feb – Barcelona ES @ Sala Apolo
21 Feb – Valencia ES @ Sala Jerusalem *
23 Feb – Zurich, CH @ Kaufleuten *
24 Feb – Milan, IT @ Santeria
25 Feb – Munich, DE @ Muffathalle *
27 Feb – Vienna, AT @ WUK
28 Feb – Krakow, PL @ Kwadrat *
01 Mar – Warsaw. PL @ Proxima *
02 Mar – Prague, CZ @ Lucerna Music Bar
04 Mar – Berlin, DE @ Huxley’s Neue Welt
06 Mar – Stockholm, SE @ Berns
08 Mar – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller
09 Mar – Gothenburg, SE @ Tradgarn
10 Mar – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
12 Mar – Hamburg DE @ Markthalle
13 Mar – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
14 Mar – Cologne DE @ Live Music Hall
* New show or new venue

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