With an action-packed summer of festival appearances looming, Nick Mulvey can look back at the first half of 2014 with a healthy degree of satisfaction. It commenced with the young artist perched invitingly on the BBC Sound of 2014 Poll shortlist, and finds him not six months further down the line with a top 10 album, and an ever-expanding list of sold-out UK and European tours.

He returns to the song that introduced him as a solo artist to a wider audience with ‘Fever to the Form’. Originally released through Communion Records in early 2013, and recently performed to a pin-drop quiet and appreciative audience on Later… with Jools Holland, it is a beautifully entrancing song that swoops, soars and nestles invitingly in the mind long after its four minutes are up.

It arrives in the middle of another hectic summer of festival performances (including Glastonbury, Blissfields, Green Man, and Bestival), and ahead of his UK Autumn tour which includes a headline date at Birmingham’s The Institute on Thursday 23rd October.

Nick Mulvey may have experienced due acclaim as a founding member of Portico Quartet, but as an engaging, multi-talented solo-performer, his success story has barely even begun.

“The ambience, groove and melody here proves irresistible. One of the great albums of 2014.” –  8/10, Clash

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Watch the video for ‘Fever to the Form’ below:

Plus support from SIVU

“Heartswelling acoustic dexterity and glittering electronics…irresistible” – NME Radar
“Heavenly…like one-man Wild Beasts” – The Guardian

For anyone who’d ever wondered, Sivu’s stunning debut video showed us precisely what goes on inside a musician’s head, after the 24-year-old volunteered to be filmed singing live within an MRI scanner. It was quite the first impression. Inspired by research into cleft palates taking place at Barts Hospital, Sivu’s music was quickly heard far beyond the call centre in Waterloo, where he presently still chooses to works. “The response to ‘Better Man Than He’ was so overwhelming,” he says now, “but I wanted to set the bar for this project. We made something as honest and simple as possible.”

As befits that unique stage-name (Sivu is his surname in Finnish), this is bigger than the solitary “singer-songwriter” tag might usually suggest. The Bodies EP and the I Lost Myself EP were produced by Sivu’s long-standing collaborator Charlie Andrew; the Mercury-Award-winning producer behind Alt-J’s An Awesome Wave. The two are now working on Sivu’s debut album.

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Watch the remarkable video for ‘Better Man Than He’ below: