The Left Outsides are Mark Nicholas (guitars, piano, drums and voice) and Alison Cotton (harmonium, viola and voice), a husband and wife duo based in London and whose atmospheric, hypnotic songs echo Nico's icy European folk, pastoral psychedelia and chilly English fields at dawn.
Last year’s There Is A Place drew deservedly huge critical acclaim, including headliners Trembling Bells’ Alex Neilson who, in awarding it four stars for Record Collector, reckoned the duo “merge dissonant, ritualistic drone with the narcotic fug of shoegaze and the bucolic swoon of folk rock - and that's just the first three tracks of their excellent new album”.
The follow-up album, their fifth, entitled All That Remains, is released on Cardinal Fuzz (UK) and Feeding Tube (US) in April of this year and in May, The Left Outsides tour the UK with Robyn Hitchcock.
Alison and Mark can often be heard on Radio 6 Music for whom they have recorded sessions for Stewart Maconie’s Freak Zone.
“Hard to pin down with any certitude, the music created by The Left Outsides varies from track to track and even moment to moment. Alison Cotton's vocals, harmonium and viola blend with Mark Nicholas's voice, bass, guitar, piano and drums in ways that recall everything from Kendra Smith and David Roback's drony duo, Opal, to PJ Harvey covering an old Blondie tune as a dirge”. – Byron Coley (The Wire/Feeding Tube Records)