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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:

LISTEN: Nick Mulvey – ‘Mountain To Move’

July 26, 2017 in News

Nick Mulvey is pleased to announce details of a new single. ‘Mountain To Move’ is lifted from Nick’s second album, Wake Up Now. The album is released on the 8th September 2017 through Fiction Records.

The track was produced by Rodaidh McDonald (The XX, Sampha), and received its first play as the Hottest Record In The World via Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show.

‘Mountain To Move’ is arguably Nick Mulvey’s most accomplished song to date, and sits at the very heart of this extremely accomplished new record. The album’s title is repeated mantra like by Nick, as the song swells with a melody and a formidable groove. It acts as a call to arms, not only to the precociousness of this exquisite British artist’s songwriting, but to a public completely at odds with the world around them. It’s certainly timely too, in both the UK and America’s current political climate, but the song’s key messages translate universally to eras of the past and undoubtedly eras of the future.

Ultimately though, when you’ve part-analysed the lyrical content and gone headfirst with Nick on this kaleidoscopic journey of his, it’s one hell of a tune at its core.

Nick follows his standout performance on the Glastonbury Park Stage, with further festival performances at Womad and Bestival ahead of a full UK tour in September and October.

Nick Mulvey Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

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

Listen to ‘Mountain To Move’ below:

Nick Mulvey announces Birmingham show

June 27, 2017 in News

Nick Mulvey releases his second album Wake Up Now in September via Fiction Records. The second track from the album ‘Myela’ perfectly harnesses those two very distinct elements that Nick does so beautifully, sewing together electronics and off-kilter rhythms with his atmosphere-drenched, incisive songwriting. It’s capped by an undeniable groove to its mantra-like refrain and was written alongside one of Nick’s close friends and a new member of his band, Federico Bruno.

The song was born out of the refugee crisis, and a real desire to help in a heart-breaking situation. To report, not to preach. It came to life during final sessions with producer Dan Carey at his South London based studio. Nick is supporting Help Refugees UK with the track’s release, and will perform as part of the Give A Home For Human Rights Campaign on 20th September in association with Amnesty.

At a time of great uncertainty, it helps to surround yourself with those things you trust, and so marks the timely return of the reliably brilliant Nick Mulvey. His standout debut album, First Mind, in 2015 was the introduction of an artist who shirked the conventional and side-stepped the expected. It was a record of opposing shades, all leftfield rhythms, and harnessing an exquisitely natural guitarist doing extraordinary things, painting unique colours across a very moreish collection of songs. It was quite peerless, and translated to the stage alongside a fine collection of talented players that formed his band.

Nick Mulvey Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Nick Mulvey plays O2 Institute1 Birmingham on Mon 9th October 2017. Tickets on sale Friday here.

Watch the video for ‘Myela’ below:

JAWS announce Birmingham show

June 7, 2017 in News

Fabled Birmingham dream-pop trio JAWS have unfurled an unadulterated anthem of defiance ahead of a string of UK festival appearances and their newly announced 2017 headline tour.

‘Cast’ (released March 20th) is the final track to be taken from the band’s widely-lauded 2017 album Simplicity – a release laden with melodic hooks and daydream sensibilities – lionised as their most accomplished and realised offering to date.

A sonic manifestation of temerity ‘Cast’ – evokes a sense of self-determination and of overcoming inner turmoil. An official video comprised of live footage from the Simplicity Tour .

B-Town’s A-Team will be leading the charge at a succession of UK Festival slots that includes Y NotTruck and Neighbourhood.

JAWS Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

JAWS play O2 Institute Birmingham on Fri 1st December 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Cast’ below:

Fickle Friends to play O2 Institute Birmingham

May 11, 2017 in News

Fickle Friends have announced their biggest ever headline UK tour in October, calling at O2 Institute Birmingham on Sat 21st. This news comes fresh from supporting The Kooks on a sold-out headline tour in May and the release of their most ambitious single to date ‘Hello Hello’. The single is another perfectly crafted glittering pop gem and has seen significant Radio 1 support from the likes of Huw StephensGreg JamesMistajamAdeleAlice Levine and Cell Spellman.

Spring and summer will also see the band appear at Community Festival with Catfish and the Bottlemen in Finsbury Park in July, Secret Garden Party shortly after that and on to Reading & Leeds in August. With loads more to be confirmed soon, 2017 looks set to be Fickle Friends for the taking so stay tuned.

Fickle Friends Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Fickle Friends play O2 Institute Birmingham on Sat 21st Oct 2017. Tickets available from 9am on Mon 15th May here.

Watch the video for ‘Hello Hello’ below: