“Gorgeous” The Late Junction, BBC Radio 3
“Ghostly, psychedelic and utterly addictive” Boiler Room
“Haunted folk with a stark, phantom-like feel, the group fuse skeletal arrangements with a powerfully literate lyrical sense” Clash Music
“Mesmerising in live performance” fRoots Magazine
“A difficult group of a rare, unique beauty…toweringly intellectual yet blessed with a haunting fragility” Louder Than War
The Nightjar perform lo-fi post-folk, playing songs for the end of time.
Originally conceived as a close-harmony vocal trio, a collaboration with South London producer Kams brought The Nightjar to the attention of Boiler Room. The featured ‘debut’ went viral, and brought the 2015 ‘The Nightjar’ EP plaudits from nearly 70,000 underground music fans, as well as the accolade of airplay on Radio 3’s Late Junction.
A successful crowdfunding campaign convinced them of the existence of an audience for their dream-like, ethereal songs of hope, loss and disaster and, in the autumn of 2015, The Nightjar relocated to a farmhouse in rural Portugal to begin their first full-length offering. ‘Objects’ was released in March 2017 on Pear O’ Legs Records to critical acclaim, championed by 6 Music’s Stuart Maconie, Tom Robinson and Gideon Coe. The band was awarded PRS Foundation funding to develop their live shows, celebrating the release of the album with two packed out shows in London and Bristol, showcasing their skills as a collective of multidisciplinary artists.
Tours of France, Germany and the UK saw audiences brought to a standstill by the raw intensity of their performance, bringing them a reputation as a must-see live band. Drawing influence from the lo-fi wooze of Grouper, the stark and poignant balladry of Diane Cluck and the deft compositions of Colleen, The Nightjar use close-harmonies, tight-interlocking guitars, deep bass and an intense lead vocal to paint fragile, haunting landscapes.