01. The Rocking Chair
02. One Day We Will See
03. You Were Enough
04. More Than I Love Myself
05. Spirit Boy
5 Track EP ‘Monday Mourning’ released in France November 1999. These five songs take them back to their first love: two voices, an acoustic guitar and a few notes of piano. (Sharon Lewis)
Lewis and Jones began playing gigs in London at an early age and were soon spotted by someone from WEA Records, resulting in a contract. In the US, Pooka’s self-titled debut (produced by the renowned John Coxon) was released in 1993 on Elektra. Tours with Everything But The Girl, Tindersticks, Kristin Hersh, and The Levellers soon followed. Between their proper recordings, Pooka co-wrote some tracks with the electronica band Ultramarine for 1995’s Bel Air. After some delay, Pooka’s second album, Spinning, was released in September 1997 on Trade 2, a subsidiary of Island Records. Their second release proved itself a riveting, pop/rock follow-up to their comparably gentle, acoustic debut.
Garnering praise and support while on tour throughout Europe in the next two years, Pooka decided to release a 5-song EP, Monday Mourning, in 1999 on the French Telescopic Records label. Monday Mourning served as a tender, sentimental revisit to the style of intimate, spare songwriting and arrangements which had characterized the duo early on. In 2001, Lewis and Jones independently released Fools Give Birth To Angels, a self-produced, classically written and arranged collection of new songs, replete with string sections and a hand bell choir.
Soon thereafter, Sharon and Natasha’s ten-year musical partnership came to an abrupt and mysterious end, but not before the Rough Trade release of their compelling electronic finale, Shift.
Over the years, Pooka’s music defied categorization, masterfully spanning genres from avant-folk/pop/rock to classical and electronica, thereby earning them a cultish, devoted following and underground reputation that lingers around the world even to this day as both women tend to their solo careers in the North and South of England. (Wikipedia)
Named after an Irish goblin, Pooka (guitarists/vocalists Sharon Lewis and Natasha Jones) is most noted for their intertwining harmonies and fairy tale-like lyrics. Born in Manchester in 1971, Lewis and Jones began playing gigs in London and were soon spotted by someone from WEA records, resulting in a contract. In the U.S., Pooka’s self-titled debut (produced by the renowned John Coxon) was released in 1993 on Elektra. Tours with Tindersticks, Kristin Hersh, and the Levellers followed. Between their proper recordings, Pooka co-wrote some tracks with electronic band Ultramarine for 1995’s Bel Air. After some delay, Pooka’s second album, Spinning, was released in September 1997 on Trade 2, a subsidiary of Island, and applied electronic textures to the duo’s songwriting. (Kenyon Hopkin, All Music Guide)
Le duo anglais Natasha Jones et Sharon Lewis nous livrent avec « Monday Mourning » cinq chansons mélancoliques et sobres. Elles reviennent ainsi à leurs premiers amours et donnent le meilleur d’elles-mêmes: deux voix, une guitare acoustique et quelques notes de piano. Un disque à la fois lumineux, mature et fragile. (Telescopic)
FR Joli petit EP méconnu de Pooka, un peu de douceur dans un monde de [ au choix ]…
ENG Warm and quite beautiful indie folk…