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LISTEN: Nick Mulvey – Wake Up Now

September 11, 2017 in News

Escaping to the isolation of the countryside led to Nick Mulvey reaching out musically for new album Wake Up Now, out now via Fiction Records.

“This is an album about celebrating life, when life is not just your circumstances, work and family, but the vitality of your being, your aliveness,” says Nick Mulvey of his upcoming second album, Wake Up Now. Since the release of 2014’s First Mind, the former Portico Quartet hang drum player and his wife Isadora have moved from East London to an artist’s community in Wiltshire. They’ve also had a baby son, Inka. Nick wrote the songs for Wake Up Now in parallel to his wife’s pregnancy. It’s no wonder he feels dizzy with the preciousness of life.

“When my son was born, everything was heightened,” he says. “Songs started to arrive however they wanted to arrive, and I was just as much writing them down as writing them myself,” he tells me. The result is an album which feels very present – not solely in its themes and lyrical content (although current events cannot help but slip in, as in stories of the refugee crisis in ‘Myela’) – but in its brightness and vivacity. “Oh my goodness me, I’m not ok!” sings Nick, leading a choir, on ‘Transform Your Game’. It’s an admittance of weakness, but sung with a celebratory instinct, because it is the realisation that matters. If ‘Wake Up Now’ isn’t simply concerned with recent political events, it instead touches on a more widespread “awakening of consciousness and opening up a new level of understanding,” in Nick’s words.

Nick is a humble man. He speaks calmly and thoughtfully, often pausing for seconds at a time to ensure he is wording his thoughts correctly. Several times throughout conversation, he’ll hold his hands into a prayer-like shape, and bow his head. The first thing he mentions when asked what he misses most since moving away from London? Local yoga classes. He admits he is speaking “freely” and “openly” today – and that he’s doing so because he is pleased to be able to talk about the world rather than just his personal life.

Nick Mulvey Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Listen to Wake Up Now here.

Nick Mulvey plays O2 Institute Birmingham on Mon 9th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Mountain To Move’ below:

Watch: Lusts – ‘Waves’ [video]

August 6, 2015 in News

Leicester duo Lusts have announced details of their debut album Illuminations, set to be released on October 23rd on 1965 Records, and unveiled the video for latest single ‘Waves’ which you can watch below.

Illuminations was produced by MJ from Hookworms in his Leeds studio, combining distorted organs and synths with fuzz guitars and driving choruses. The band, who have recently been heralded as NME’s New Band of The Week, release ‘Waves’ following the success of their previous singles ‘Mouthwash’ and ‘Temptation’, which DIY dubbed a ‘glistening, new-wave nodding exciting debut’.

The duo, made up of brothers Andy and James Stone, evoke the the classic woozy chorus and reverb laden guitars of Echo and The Bunnymen and the new wave pop sensibilities of Beach Fossils. Following successful appearances across the summer at various festivals including Secret Garden Party, Lusts continue to build their live presence with further UK/EU dates in September, October and November.

Lusts Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

LUSTS PLAY THE SUNFLOWER LOUNGE BIRMINGHAM ON SAT 31ST OCTOBER 2015. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘Waves’ below:

Watch: Gabrielle Aplin – ‘Light Up The Dark’

May 20, 2015 in News

Following the success of her debut album English Rain, Bath-born songstress Gabrielle Aplin announces details of the release of her eagerly anticipated second album Light Up The Dark. 

New single and title track ‘Light Up The Dark’ sees Gabrielle adopt a much heavier, darker sound than the gentle folk-pop of her debut release. Influenced by Joni Mitchell and the production on Feist’s The Reminder, Gabrielle says:

“I’ve become much more comfortable writing songs about other people’s stories as well as my own, much of which is inspired by travelling and everything I’ve seen since my first album.”

Light Up The Dark is released on September 18th and is available to pre-order now from here.

Watch the video for ‘Light Up The Dark’ below: