For Esben & The Witch’s Daniel Copeman, releasing a single, an album and an EP isn’t quite enough. With the inspiration of cellist Abi Wade, Copeman has set up a record label alongside Brighton promoter Andy Rossiter, Love Thy Neighbour Records, especially for Wade. It’s hard to imagine how incredible it must feel to not only be signed to a record label but to also be the cause for it being set up.

It’s not hard to see why Copeman’s so passionate about her; Wade’s chilling blend of haunting, drone folk is similar to Esben & The Witch’s ghostly vibe. And Blood And Air is an ethereal record with echoing throughout that makes it sound as if the EP was recorded in an empty church. Wade’s talent for playing the cello is impressive as she manages to create a bassline, a drone atmosphere and hummable staccato riffs with only one instrument all in the same song.

‘Perfect Form’ features vocals that sound like a less whiney Florence Welch and varied cello tones. It’s hard to fault the technicalities involved in Wade’s music but at times, it feels as if she’s shouting instead of singing and this can ruin the powerful atmospheric nature of the instrumental. However, ‘Green Youth, Great Plans’ picks up the pace instrumentally but there’s a similar technique as featured in The Smiths’ songs as Wade juxtaposes a cheerful melody with melancholic lyrics such as, ‘He always sat alone/Breaking branches with his hands’.

‘Hope’ showcases swirling vocals that crescendo to dizzying heights then fade into the background as the echo lingers reluctantly after she delivers each line. It’s here that she manages to create a blues influenced rolling bassline that adds to the other worldly feel she creates with her voice. It fits in with the time of year as her vocals often cut like ice as Wade reaches piercing tones at points on And Blood And Air.

The EP is aptly titled as Wade’s vocals float along with angelic ease, similar to the light nature of air and the cello dark and cloudy, like a glass of water ruined with blood dripping from an open wound. And Blood And Air compliments the dreary, bitter weather of the winter months and shows that Daniel Copeman was right to put his faith in Abi Wade. An intriguing debut EP from an upcoming talent who deserves to be heard.