“their fourth and best album.. bewitching and hugely ambitious” Q
“gorgeously unhurried, utterly mesmorising masterpiece.” Sunday Express
“deeply-felt, austerely beautiful music with deep roots and an appetite for something new. Last is folk music that doesn’t want to live in isolation.” The Mail
“quietly subverting English folk music.. proves the mix of Rachel and Becky’s voices to be one of the true wonders of 21st-century music” 8/10 NME
“Just beautiful” Lauren Laverne
In 2010, The Unthanks seemed to be diversifying – a visit to Africa with Damon Albarn, Flea and Joan Wasser, exploratory concerts of music by Robert Wyatt and Antony & The Johnsons, collaborations with conductor Charles Hazelwood, Adrian Utley (Portishead), presenting TV programmes for BBC4, theatre shows with Colin Firth and Keira Knightley, long European and American tours, and Rachel Unthank expecting a first child with husband and band mate Adrian McNally… yet all along they were plotting and making their most ambitious music to date.
Last was their most expansive and expensive sounding record to date, yet it was made for next to nothing, using a combination of a Northumberland village hall, the snow covered farmhouse home of Rachel and Adrian, and a Victorian concert hall in Suffolk, where McNally wrote the title track. The Unthanks continued their predilection for unlikely covers, with interpretations of King Crimson’s Starless, a Tom Waits song, and a song covered to champion the unheralded British songwriter Jon Redfern.
Last Official Video By Nick Murray Willis