Nick Mulvey hits the road again next month. He spoke to Sync about latest album Wake Up Now, the pursuit of free expression, and how his new band has enabled him to open up a whole new set of possibilities…
To say it has been a hectic year and a half for singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey would be something of an understatement. As if relocating from London to the countryside and becoming a father for the first time wasn’t enough, this month has seen the release of his second studio album – and a packed schedule of global tour dates in support of that album are about to kick off on 1 October.
But the 32-year-old has been energised by a wholly positive reaction to his latest set of songs. “It’s been really, really lovely,” he said. “On a personal level, I’ve lived with this album for a long time in terms of the writing of it. The build-up to releasing an album is a long one too, in this case all the way through May, June, July and then into August, and so the pressure ramps up a bit. It’s funny, I almost forgot during some of the more intense moments that the whole goal is to release an album.
“For me, it’s been a really lovely and necessary release in more ways than one. These songs are naturally a bit more provocative and maybe even a bit more divisive in terms of the subject matter, so there has been an interesting complexion to the response from people since it’s been out. But people have been letting me know they love it.” Continue reading
You only have to consider his list of collaborations to get the measure of John Legend. The Ohio-born singer’s roll call of team-ups has seen him working with the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, Lauryn Hill, Britney Spears and Magnetic Man over the years – among many others.
His current Darkness and Light tour has seen him take his breathtaking showmanship around the world this year and he was in top form for this Cardiff stop-off. Of course, his well-known hits figured prominently in the set, including Used to Love U, Ordinary People and All of Me. A dazzling backdrop of graphics and illusions accompanied him throughout, sometimes using visuals to emphasise some of the more serious points he wanted to convey, including his support of the Black Lives Matter movement during Wake Up Everybody. Continue reading
Very much liking this from US singer-songwriter Jillette Johnson. Flip A Coin is taken from her album All I Ever See In You Is Me – an intriguing album that is well worth checking out – and the song showcases her considerable talents as a vocalist and pianist.
Jillette Johnson – Flip A Coin
Released today, Painkiller is the latest tune from Liv Dawson and it has a smooth, slick vibe.
The singer from Shepperton, Surrey, has been steadily building up traction over the past year with a string of super-strong songs, including the excellent Searching. The new song comes following a busy schedule of summer dates including appearances at Dot To Dot, Bushstock, Wild Life, and Barn on the Farm festivals.
Liv Dawson – Painkiller
We’re very much liking the groove of this tune from singer-songwriter Elena Ramona. Born in Greece but now based in Guildford, Surrey, Ramona’s smooth vocals are accompanied by some big, bold production on The Neon Lights and the whole thing comes together so well. One to watch.
Elena Ramona – The Neon Lights
British singer/songwriter Tom Forest returns with the second release from his upcoming debut album Hope. Believer has all the soulful, uplifting brilliance of previous song Summer.
It has a simple melody, with a sincere vocal delicately delivered and totally compelling. Of the song, Forest says: “Last year I was in a dark place with music. It felt like life was telling me it was time to stop, even though it was something that had always been second nature. To make an album took a huge amount of support from friends and family – many people contributed to that process and I’m so grateful.
“Sometimes the value of dreams is not in whether you achieve or fail, but in the belief in that it brings out in those around you. If you find yourself fighting a battle, even if you lose, you see who comes to join you.”
Tom Forest – Believer
Heading up our latest Sync List, the new song from Swedish singer-songwriter Skott has all the ethereal beauty of her earlier songs Porcelain and Glitter & Gloss, building delicately to something of altogether epic proportions. There’s a hint of Lana Del Ray to start with, some Kate Bush-esque magic too, but really, Mermaid signifies more of a confirmation in earnest of Skott’s very own distinctive style.
Hearing her live is believing – those high notes really are that flawless when she performs. Shortly heading to the US for a couple of support slots with the mighty Phantogram, her next UK headline show in London on 13 September is sold out but fans can track her down supporting MØ on her autumn tour dates in Bristol (23 October), Glasgow (24), Manchester (25), London (27), Norwich (28), and Birmingham (29).
Skott – Mermaid
Follow-up to her debut single World’s On Fire, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lots Holloway has unveiled new tune Stay A Little Longer.
It’s a track that combines pop appeal with real substance and thought-provoking lyrics, this time on the topic of ‘manipulative people’ as she explains: “Be it in relationships, friendships, or even in politics. Those that are controlling, possessive and power thirsty – with charm and an ability to hypnotise you.”
Born in Cornwall but now London-based, Holloway not only writes her own songs but is also responsible for most of the instrumentation, production, and programming of her music, as well as the accompanying visuals and video.
She plans to continue recording throughout 2017 for her debut EP and, with a string of UK dates are set to be announced in the near future, we’re looking forward to catching her live soon.
Lots Holloway – Stay A Little Longer
The debut EP from promising young pop singer-songwriter Olly Chamberlain is out now, with lead and title track Fear a particular stand-out. With a blend of smooth electronica and R&B, his falsetto voice sounds pure and effortless, suggesting a talent whose profile will be growing strongly over the coming months. The singer from Harrow, North London, is one to watch for sure.
Olly Chamberlain – Fear
We’re fortunate to have a lot of new music come our way at Sync, plenty of it superb. But it’s rare that you get ‘that feeling’ when you hear a voice; the feeling that it simply has to hit the big time. That’s certainly what sprung to mind on first listen of Tom Walker‘s masterpiece Blessings.
The song is also the title track of a debut EP (released in May) that shows the versatility of his vocals, lending them with equal aplomb to stripped back ‘pure’ songs as well as more uptempo and highly produced tunes.
With a London headline show at Omeara and a slot at Glastonbury under his belt in recent weeks, the Scotland-born 25-year-old’s star is most certainly in the ascendancy, so we decided we simply had to find out more about Tom… Continue reading