British folk faves celebrate 10th anniversary by releasing a limited edition ‘memory box’ containing a CD, DVD, book and more
British folk outfit The Unthanks recently turned 10 years old, and they’re celebrating reaching that milestone with the release of a new album, Archive Treasures (2005-2015), which is also available as a limited edition boxset.
The album itself is made up of rarities, live tracks, unreleased demos and out-takes. Unthanks main man Adrian McNally says: “The potential riches gathering dust on my studio shelves have long needed investigation and order. I’ve spent many hours in the last month listening back (not all of it was good!) to bring together a small selection of snapshots across our first 10 years. It’s a little ‘warts and all’ in places, but we hope you enjoy it for that. Rather than a summary of the last 10 years, this record is more like the missing jigsaw pieces.”
But it’s the boxset edition that fans will go crazy for. Priced at a very reasonable £35, the ‘memory box’ contains the Archive Treasures CD, a 90-minute DVD called The Unthanks On Film made up live footage and music videos, a 60-page Unthanks songbook, a recipe book (!), a 30-page Unthanks Unsung book “for you to start your own songbook” (whatever that means), The Unthanks’ first-ever 7-inch single (comprising a cover of The Pretenders’ 2000 Miles, plus seasonal live favourite Tar Barrel In Dale, signed art prints and postcards. There’s also space left over for a scrapbook of tour diaries and previously unseen photos that will go on sale separately next year.
The album’s out on CD and download from 11 December. The 7-inch drops the following day, while the boxset is available for pre-order now via the band’s website.