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King Eider- Edinburgh, Scotland

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We cannot get this song off repeat. Blues has found a home in our hearts these days. It fills a space missing in music of today. King Eider hits the nail on the head delivering a stellar mix of folk and blues. On their way to Glastonbury this weekend, we caught them for a piece of insight.

Folk has the storytelling feel of songs for the people while blues reaches deeper into the emotional psyche.

From Busking to Glasto. what is the most valuable lesson you have learned along the way?

Our advice to any up-and-coming acts is just get out there, don’t turn down gigs that you might not think can help you because you never know who will show up to them! We think that is the most valuable lesson. We busked near Green park, only to be thrown out for lack of a license, and subsequently ended up on BBC Radio London which has led us to countless opportunities. Whether that is busking before a gig to warm up or playing a gig at a venue you know will give you a drum kit with bailing twine holding it together, you just never know what can happen. It always amazes us that some bands get an ego before they have anything to be arrogant about.

What do you hope fans take from your music?

We hope that fans of our music will see that we want to write songs that take you on both a lyrical journey and a musical one. We want to trigger emotional responses as well as an impression that we have made an effort to be different and have our own musical style that you will know when you hear it; for it’s uniqueness, not it’s comparability to other bands. There are too many bands trying to replicate bands on the scene already and it seems a waste to emulate something already out there. Above though, we want them to enjoy it and get that hook stuck in their head for the rest of the day (in a good way!).

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An Update with Andrew Maxwell Morris

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One of the nicest things about what we do is discovering new kindred spirits inside songs that find their way to us. Andrew Maxwell Morris has been one of our favourite Fresh Picks to date for this very reason. His calm and genuine character is a calm resting place for the heart to find refuge in a world that never stops turning. Such a nice surprise when he stopped by to share what he is up to this season.

Well I played Glastonbury this year and was shortlisted for a Glasto Award along with some pretty famous names like Ben Howard and Hozier – I didn’t win but it was nice to be recognized by Consequence of Sound for this. That is the 5th time I’ve played at Glastonbury and it never ceases to amaze me what a special place it is. I was also working as a stage manager and met quite a few famous people including Billy Bragg, Alabama 3 and Roy Harper’s son Nick Harper. I love the atmosphere of the place and the fact that everyone is so open minded to new music of any kind.

Apart from that I am writing music for my second album which I am hoping to record at the end of the year – it is going to feature a more electric sound and i’m really excited about the energy of the songwriting at the moment. I am working with a new band and thinking about ideas for a producer for the album as well. I feel that the songs have a great energy and direction and Im looking forward to people hearing it.

I’ve also been commissioned to write music for EMI in London – Im working with two singers, writing songs for them and have been in and out of the studio over the last month in London. Some of the songs are Americana songs and the others are more folk songs and are written with a view to the Film and TV market, so hopefully another major brand advert would be amazing!

Im playing a few festivals in and around London in the Summer at the end of August and I’ll be on BBC radio in London doing a live session and an interview, where I’ll be talking about my music and how to balance this with a busy day job! 

For more Andrew Maxwell Morris check out his Fresh Pick Feature 

Have a listen to In A Heartache.

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Kuki and The Bard- Off Grid

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Though it was a sunny Thursday when we stumbled across Kuki and The Bard, we were feeling grey of mind. Kuki and The Bard’s latest single, ‘Dalai Lama’ caught the vibe of our soul and reminisced in the mind. On steady repeat their music is like fine wine, at twelve and fifteen, it will only get better with age.  

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Home is where your story begins would you tell us a bit about yours?

Kuki: I live in a hippy house made of sticks and blankets with my mum, my dad, my brother, our rabbit and three horses.

Izzi: It’s very chilled, at the moment we’re living Off Grid. It seems we’re at a place now that we all enjoy very much and we might even settle here for a while. I’ve made so many sound friends here who have a lot of the same interests, a fair few interested in music, like me. Homes cool. 

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How did music find you?

Izzi: When we first moved from London and started travelling we didn’t have much technology based entertainment but did have loads of instruments crammed onto our bus. I loved the guitar from the off, still do. It’s in the blood I guess. When a tune comes on I like it’s as if the whole world disappears and it’s just the music…..it’s always been like that.

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Neulore – Nashville TN

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Adam Algin and William T. Cook a modern folk duo that take you by surprise on a sleepy day. Pull everything you love from the Lumineers & all you resonate with from Need To Breathe and roll them into one and there you will find Neulore ready and waiting for you.

 Name: Adam Agin
 Age: 29 in 11 days
 Where are you writing this: A Holiday Inn 20 miles south of Minneapolis

Home is where your story begins.

Tell us a little about where you come from and how Neulore came to be.

I grew up in Indiana. My father was a salesman and my mother was a gospel singer. We had our share of financial struggles, but love was never an issue. William grew up in Bowling Green, KY and we met in Nashville 5 years ago at a small gathering. I was on the hunt for people to build the band with and our musical chemistry came easily.

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 Best describe your musical style.

We call it Modern Folk, but really we are inspired by an array of styles. I grew up on singer songwriters like James Taylor and soul artists like Otis Redding. William has a classical background and went through a classic rock stage in high school. For us, it comes down to a good story and heart.

a neulore song writing What is the song writing process like for you.

I usually have a list of words or song titles that I’ve wanted to use. It’s an on going list. We typically flush out a progression or melody that seems to fit the the feeling we want to create that day. Then we work out lyrics. Our main goal is having the feeling of the instrumentation fit the story. 

Tell us how you bring together your music and the visual images so strongly portrayed in your songs.

For ‘Animal Evolve’ we created this alternate world. It only lives in our heads but it’s quite vivid to us. So we used a specific kind of vocabulary to help the listener hear what we see. 

 What would you like us to know about ‘Shadow of a Man’.

It was the last song we wrote for the record. The day before our last day in the studio. All we were going for was something upbeat and something epic. 

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