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Bumi Thomas

We met Bumi Thomas purely by fate.

Lost in the dark of the night on a recent trip to London we searched for the flat of our next interview.
Bumi was the only person in sight when we asked her where the address was and she coyly replied , “I think I know who you are looking for (with a smile we would soon recognize) follow me…” it turned out Bumi was the assistant to the subject we were searching for.

Check- out another song, “Mother Tongue” 

Bumi, your music is a gift to the world and it likely was exactly at the stroke of midnight you surprised us with your voice one night.

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Husband- Perth, Australia

“Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” I want to do a job that I’m not going to want to retire from. It’d be kinda cool to be writing songs as an old man, hopefully my voice will be more gravelly. 

Husband promo1_Photo by Penny Lane

Photography by Penny Lane

Indie – Rock – Americana

Husband’s Michael Paolino captures the mystery and dark grit behind a weary traveller, tarnished soul, and mighty heart. His music is refreshing and unique in a toxic world. 

Home is where your story begins, tell us a bit about yours.

I was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia. Everyone is really friendly; there’s plenty of sunshine and over the past 10 years there’s been some awesome small bars opening, which is making the city a really great place to go to. My wife Sarah and I live near the ocean in a house I’ve almost finished renovating (it’s taken close to two years) with our loud obnoxious dog Luna and three-legged cat, Pirate. We love watching movies and TV series; every night we can’t wait to get on the couch and start watching something.

How did music find you?

When I was in year 4 or 5 at school my mum enrolled me in piano lessons. I hated them and used to skip them, pretending I’d forgotten to go which infuriated my mum. I’m not sure why, but I started begging for a guitar, which they finally gave me when I was 12. It was a little acoustic thing. Then it came down to my big brother who introduced me to Pearl Jam and Nirvana. I was a massive nerd in school. I found it almost impossible to rebel; I always did what I was told. But in my band it was like a world where I could make my own rules, and I think I was hooked playing music from about the age of 16.

‘The Money’ recorded in LA with Rick Parker. What influenced this journey?

Husband had been playing shows in Perth for about two years, getting to know what the band was about and getting the vibe right. While I was doing this I was feeling increasingly cut off from the wider music world. I wanted to get outside my comfort zone and show my songs to someone who had worked on great records. I suppose in a way, I wanted to see if they thought I was any good. Howl by BRMC is one of my favourite albums, so when my manager Rachel and I were wondering who to approach, his name came up and I thought, ‘as if that’ll happen’. But it turned out he was keen and everything miraculously fell into place.

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Track three, ‘The Money’ written in Perth’s financial district: “One night I found myself walking through Perth’s financial district. It felt so dead… its sole purpose is to make money 9-5. The emptiness I felt inspired this song.” But did you feel the same sense on the streets of LA?

Yeah I suppose any financial district in any city in the world shuts its doors and becomes a bit of a shell. I find it sad how once the big banks shut their doors and the streets are quiet, some homeless guy will go and sleep on their steps. I suppose I have a pretty black and white way of thinking about it, but I don’t want to make money 9 to 5 so I can live 5 to 9. I haven’t found a career I love apart from writing music, so I suppose my gripe with money is just that – my gripe.

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Kirsten Ludwig- Victoria, Canada

‘I craved distance – begging the landscape to be my only companion, my muse. I awoke in the palms of an existence larger than my comprehension and wider than my own soul. Slowly I was swallowed up by the ravenous ocean of time – a wander’s paradise. With ambivalent bones, words poured from them like my very blood – hot, passionate, relentless. I continue to exist within the realms of my own daydreams and night dreams – pining, longing, creating, admiring, and drifting.’

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From a young age, Kirsten Ludwig has been painting blank pages with words of reflection and heartache – as well as colouring the still air of her home, in Calgary, AB, with other-worldly melodies. At the age of 21, Kirsten continues to surprise listeners with her thought-provoking and poetically driven lyrics that seem to be written by the fingertips of a soul that has been around for much longer. With a mixture of mature lyrics, hauntingly crisp vocals, and catchy punchlines, Kirsten defies the boundaries of pop with a musical perception that transcends the expected and conventional. Her sound leaves you wandering through a dark forest with only the moonlight to guide you. 

DRIFTING AVAILABLE NOW

At age 18, Kirsten Ludwig departed to Boston, MA for a 5 week intensive music program at the Berklee College of Music – studying voice. With the heat of the Boston summer nights still lingering in her soul, she released her freshman EP the following year (2012) titled The Tip of the Iceberg and included the song ‘Boston’ as the fourth track. Becoming a crowd favourite, the song combines the best efforts of Kirsten’s finest work – a balance between the sweet catchiness of a pop song and the quiet lyrical longing of a past memory. From the hand-painted cover artwork to the content of the songs, Kirsten was the main provider for the self-released project and continues to have a tight grasp on her future projects.

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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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