Release Date: Oct 9, 2015
Record label: Island
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Folk
For the Company is the full-length debut of brooding Australian indie folk trio Little May, former high school classmates who founded the group in 2012 and quickly found fans, headlining tour opportunities, and a record deal with Capitol. Produced by Aaron Dessner of indie rockers the National, the album adds light-handed electronics to the mix of fairly elaborate guitar work and warm vocal harmonies demonstrated on their contemplative eponymous EP. The tone of the LP remains serious with the particular songwriting quality of old souls.
There’s an old joke, well-known among music fans, about what happens when you play a country song backwards. There are a few variations, but generally, you get your wife back, your dog back and you quit drinking. Less well-known is the joke about what you get when you play New Age music backwards: you get New Age music. I am reminded of this second joke by Little May’s debut album, For the Company.
The course of true love doesn’t always run smoothly. Such ups and downs of the heart provide the story of For The Company, the debut album from Australia’s Little May, in which they unpick the intricacies of love with such insight that you’ll either nod your head knowingly with a resigned shrug or blubber, quite a lot. Singer Hannah Field and singing guitarists Liz Drummond and Annie Hamilton created a sizeable buzz with their self-titled five track EP last year and in the process they attracted the attention of The National’s Aaron Dessner no less, who handles the production duties here with no small degree of aplomb.