A wistful mother makes some simple home recordings in her family sitting room during the 1950s. Little could she have known that decades later, her daughter would become a successful actress, and her son one of the most poetic and influential songwriters ever. Less still, that more than sixty years later, the dust would be blown off her own private song collection, firstly in 2013 with the release of her own recordings, and then by The Unthanks, who believe her work is extraordinary enough to rank alongside and independently of her brilliant son, Nick Drake.
The Unthanks teamed up with Molly Drake’s daughter, the actress Gabrielle Drake who along with being an invaluable and generous guide to Molly’s work, recorded her mother’s poems for The Unthanks to set to music. So taken were the band by her performances, and by how she brought the poems to life, making them her own as well as serving her mother’s words, that Gabrielle is truly given centre stage for parts of the record, with The Unthanks setting spoken word to music, rather than turning the poems into song.
Do You Ever Remember Official Video (featuring Molly, Nick and Gabrielle Drake)
How Wild The Wind Blows Official Video