BETH ROWLEY+ ELIZA SHADDAD + SAER

Beth Rowley follows up her first new music in ten years – ‘Forest Fire’ currently picking up daytime support at 6music and Radio 2 – with a new single ‘Brave Face’.

Taken from her forthcoming album, the self-released ‘Gota Fría’, ‘Brave Face’ is “about choosing to love someone.”  How empowering it felt to admit, says Beth, that five years into a relationship, she really needed this person in her life.  “This was me making myself vulnerable and making the choice to love him and lay my cards on the table.”

Co-written with Andy Platts and John Green ‘Brave Face’ started with a simple piano and guitar melody, gradually unfolding into a song that unintentionally doffs it’s cap to one of Rowley’s favourite artists – Fleetwood Mac.  “It was never on our minds to create something similar and I kept wondering if it had too different a feel to some other songs.  I kept going back and loving it though – it represents a part of me that not many of the other songs don’t.”

‘Gota Fria’’s release marks Rowley’s return to music after a ten year absence. The singer songwriter’s debut ‘Little Dreamer’ went top 10, garnering a Brit nomination and sales in excess of 100,000.  A huge achievement by anyone’s standards but a tainted one for Rowley – she felt compromised both musically and stylistically, modelled in the labels image as a mainstream contender.

On Gota Fria she’s found her voice and delivered a rawer, heavier, gutsier and more truthful mirror of her sublime talent, unshackled by her debut’s jazz-pop leanings and polished production.

Working with co-writers Ron Sexsmith, Marcus Bonfanti and Ben Castle, Rowley has delivered an album that smoulders, in both explosive and intimate forms.  ‘Howl at the Moon’ and ‘Only One Cloud’, evoke the swarthy drama of Led Zeppelin while ‘Brother’ and ‘Run to the Light’ are ember-glowing ballads. ‘Hide from Your Love’ and ‘Forest Fire’ splice country-folk roots with the vibe and energy of the Bristol scene that gave birth to her voice while ‘Get it Back’ is equal parts rock and soul and ‘Brave Face’ nods to the ‘70s west coast sound.

“People always ask, ‘What are you doing next?’, and think you should always be creating,” she muses. “But creativity is a real up-and-down process for most people, which isn’t celebrated and or encouraged enough. You need to take time to stop and make sure your purpose is still real.”

Beth hits the road with a two-piece band for a run of dates coinciding with the album release. New single – Brave Face – released July 6th on Stoopnik Records/Absolute via Universal. Tickets on sale on now from www.musicglue.com/beth-rowley and album avail to pre-order/pre-save now: http://smarturl.it/GotaFria.

Beth Rowley Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

Watch Beth perform ‘Forest Fire’ here:

 


Born to Sudanese and Scottish parents, Eliza Shaddad is a descendent of a long line of artists and poets dating back to the 1800’s. Eliza’s great great grandfather was James Paterson, one of the Glasgow Boys – a group of artists challenging the style and subject of late Victorian Scottish painting. After a previous EP that hit critical acclaim receiving airplay across BBC Radio 1, 2, 6Music, BBC Radio Scotland, XFM, Amazing Radio, KCRW, and strong support from The Sunday Times, The Line of Best Fit, Clash Magazine, i-D Magazine, and The 405, Eliza Shaddad returns with follow up EP Run slated for release early 2016, the lead single of which, ‘Wars’, has just been revealed.

‘Wars’ builds on songs from the Waters EP (which has notched up nearly 400k streams on Spotify since its release in summer 2014) with a much fiercer overall sound. Whilst also harnessing elegant, nimble and bitter-sweet characteristics ‘Wars’ washes over full of conviction and flashes of vitriol. Mercury Music Prize nominated Chris Bond is once again at the helm of the production but is joined by Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice/Foals) on mixing duties and John Davis (Blur/FKATwigs/Royal Blood) on mastering to give the record a grittier and more expansive sound.

Eliza Shaddad Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

Watch the video of ‘Wars’ below:


Performing a blend of experimental-pop, soul and electronica, UK based singer, songwriter and producer SAER is forging a name through his musical collaborations and set to feature on new releases later this year.

An emotive singer with a distinctive voice, SAER’s songwriting embraces curiosity and vulnerabilities in human nature; delivered fluently with a haunting falsetto.

SAER is a multi-instrumentalist that moves effortlessly between stormy electronica soundscapes and minimalist, heartfelt laments. Influenced by the likes of Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake and Imogen Heap; with rousing piano with soaring vocals, SAER conjures a contemporary sound that is both unique and intriguing.

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