I first came across the reassuring sounds of Wicklow three-piece Wyvern Lingo when Jim Carroll and Banter came to the Kinsale Arts Festival last summer. Under glorious sun, Karen Cowley, Saoirse Duane and Caoimhe Barry played a short set heavy on harmonies that just sounded… right. The Widow Knows is their second EP and comes ahead of an appearance at Electric Picnic next weekend. It would be easy, judging by the opening minute of the five-track EP, to compare Wyvern Lingo to Watford trio the Staves, but there’s more of a classical lilt here rather than just a single acoustic guitar. It’s a big sounding collection. The six-minute epic ‘Fairytale’ is the undoubted standout track, Karen’s vocals soaring among the clouds painted on the EP’s cover while the drums, piano and violin crash against each other in a fight to the death. The following track features the beautiful, crushing line: “I’ve tried to stop myself from crying, and I know my love grows like the silence of snow.” Wyvern Lingo’s tagline on their Facebook page reads: “If Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young grew up listening to Destiny’s Child.” You’d think either of those acts would be impressed with such a heartbreaking couplet. You can see a live version of closing track ‘Used’ below, which the trio filmed for the brilliant Press Record. It’s probably the best example of harmonies on the collection. The EP was engineered and mixed by Stephen Dunne and Gary White in Asylum studios@Bow Lane, Karma Corner, and Lamplight Studios. You can buy The Widow Knows EP from Wyvern Lingo’s Bandcamp page on a name-your-price basis – it’d be silly not to.