Step into the magically mundane world of Billie Bottle’s Temple of Shibboleth

Billie Bottle’s Temple of Shibboleth is a musical project that brings together an array of genres and styles, including jazz, prog, folk, and pop, resulting in a unique and captivating sound. The band’s debut self-titled album, is a twelve-track journey through their sonic experimentation, blending psychedelic folk and prog music with spiritual embodiment. It features stunning performances from the band members, including flautist, singer, and composer Viv Goodwin-Darke, alto saxophonist Roz Harding, and drummer Emma Holbrook, with the addition of Richard Sinclair (Caravan) on bass.

The album is an excellent showcase of the outfit’s complex and multi-dimensional songwriting, with each track offering something new and exciting. The lead single ‘In The Temple’ perfectly exemplifies the band’s unique sound, with pop-woven melodies intertwined with transcendent synth pads and bassoon lines. This song a fun-filled and light-hearted message throughout, inspired by the band’s mythic vision of traditional housekeeping, and the spirituality is ever-present in the music. You might spot further clues of these unexpected themes in the album’s artwork.

Billie Bottle’s Temple of Shibboleth is definitely for fans of spellbinding prog-rock and experimental folk that is refreshing to hear in 2023. The band’s debut album is a must-listen, and their upcoming tour in April is sure to be a memorable run of shows to celebrate this pioneering new album.

You can listen to ‘In The Temple’ in our Folk This Way and Outsiders Club playlists.

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