Last

(2011)

Includes: Gan To The Kye – Queen of Hearts – Last – Starless

“This is a big album in every way” Mojo

“The Unthanks seem to regard folk music the same way Miles Davis regarded jazz: as a launchpad for exploring the wider possibilities.. a bleakly beautiful record” Uncut

“sparse, intensely focussed production and some stunningly imaginative, minimalist-style arrangements..the strings have an icy, autumnal countenance about them, and it’s against their chilled and often foreboding presence that the voices of Rachel and Becky radiate warmth and compassion… their ability to pare back extraneous matter and to stare unflinchingly into the very soul of a song makes Last such a spellbinding experience” BBC Music

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“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

Shipping & returns

Please note: shipping for eligible products ordered between now and April 26th, will be shipped on April 26th, the day after we arrive back from the first leg of the Sorrows Away tour.

We want shopping with The Unthanks to be easy. To make sure you’re completely satisfied with your experience with us we have a simple Shipping & Returns process.

Shipping

We use Royal Mail to ship orders in the UK and overseas. Pricing has been calculated according to weight, and we’ve tried to keep these costs as low as possible. The average shipping times are:

  • UK – Delivery in 48 hours
  • Europe – Delivery in up to 14 working days
  • Rest of World – Delivery in up to 2-3 weeks

We aim to ship all orders within 24 hours of receipt or on the next working day, however because we’re a small team and sometimes on the road, there may on occasion be a small delay in dispatching your order.

You can find out more on our shipping page.

Returns

We’re happy to accept returns or exchanges of clothing or records in new and unworn condition with original packaging, within 14 days of receipt.

We do not accept returns of records where the product is not received back with us in its original condition and packaging, for example where a CD/vinyl has been opened. To return your order, please contact us first at mail@the-unthanks.com.

For more information about returns, see our returns page.

Collection

We’re delighted to offer a free collection service to customers that will be available on the performance dates of our 11-piece and 5-piece tours between April and July. Please select your date and location carefully as orders will be available for collection at the named venue on the evening of the event only.

Orders placed before 12noon on the day of performance will be available for collection at the stated venue 30 minutes before and after the show, as well as during the interval.

Picking up your order

While you can collect at any point in the evening that the house is open and our stall in staffed, please try to pick up either before or after the show, rather than the interval. The merchandise stand is always at its busiest during the interval, and part of the thinking behind ordering in advance and collecting from shows, is to increase safety by reducing traffic around the stall during the interval!

Sorrows Away

If your purchase included a pre-order of the Sorrows Away album, this will be shipped to you on release day. We will be in touch by email with the Autumn release date when it is confirmed. If you ordered a Sorrows Away bundle and chose to collect, you can pick up the other non-album items in your bundle.

Missed collections

If in the event, you are unable to collect at the show for any reason, you will be contacted with the choice of either picking up your goods at a different show before the end of June, or to pay for the goods to be shipped.

Thank you!