Moulettes have always been an evolving phenomenon, and each of their four studio albums has seen a significant leap into new unchartered territory, their unusual musical vision and instrumentation prompting comparisons as disparate as "…the Kronos quartet, Roxy Music, Frank Zappa, Kate Bush...echoes of early Pink Floyd, Bowie and Radiohead.. Kraftwerk and Björk" (R2 Magazine/ Reuters.)

Incurably ambitious, this is a band that has always put an adventurous approach to Art at the heart of their craft. Experimental but still accessible, fusing rich vocal harmonies, persuasive melodies, big riffs, detailed arrangements and sharp songcraft, they explore the moving space between electronic and acoustic; DIY and big production.

The band’s synergy and tightness is a testament to their relentless touring schedule; their musical range described by Prog Magazine as "huge, complex and compelling. One of the most thrillingly nimble musical ensembles the UK has produced in decades."

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Eliza Carthy vocals
Freedom Choir


Eliza Carthy is a traditional folk musician and composer who was championed from an early age by John Peel, Andy Kershaw and Billy Bragg and is the winner of five BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and currently Associate Artist at Sage Gateshead. Eliza’s new piece, Rivers and Railways is a collaboration with celebrated sonic adventurers Moulettes, exploring the theme of what makes a city what it is, when it is perched on the edge of a place, a port, a destination, an identity. Touching upon themes of migration, Hull’s industries and history (Hull was the second most bombed city in the Second World War) and its pioneering son William Wilberforce who was instrumental in writing the Abolition of Slavery Act, the piece uses local stories and music creating something very special and unique, and with a strong Hull flavour that is unmistakeable and moving.

This piece is part of New Music Biennial 2017. For more information about the project and to download the New Music Biennial album, please visit our project page:


Rivers and Railways is commissioned by Freedom Festival.


Produced with the support of partners and funders:

NMB funders


The performance of Rivers and Railways was recorded live at Stage@TheDock, Hull on 1 July 2017 by BBC Radio 3.

Catalogue number:
NMC DL201713
Release Date:
18 May 2018