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Album Preview: ´Making Mountains (Vol. 1)´ - Edd Donovan
Edd Donovan is a highly distinctive singer and songwriter with a rare, original talent. His sound is heartfelt and comforting – yet challenging. Originally from Merseyside, he has made his home in Cheltenham.
Edd’s critically acclaimed début album, ‘Something To Take The Edge Off’, was released in April 2014, and is set to release his second album, ‘Making Mountains (Vol. 1)’, on 3rd June 2016.
Alongside his collective of virtuoso musicians, The Wandering Moles, Edd has produced an album essentially rooted in Indie Folk and Americana, whilst drawing on a broad spectrum of influences. Intricate arrangements, rhythmic shifts and close harmonies flow through this release, recalling classic artists such as The Band, Crosby, Stills and Nash and Nick Drake.
‘Making Mountains (Vol. 1)’ was recorded over nine months in Cheltenham. Whilst the songs on Edd’s debut album were based around voice and guitar, this album is a meticulous production of expansive arrangements and instrumentation. Lush vocal harmonies, keyboards, accordion, strings and brass, underpinned by a driving rhythm section, create a musical depth and sophistication that draws the listener into The Wandering Moles’ world.
From the uplifting ‘Bowerbird’ and the folk pop of ‘Are You Going The Same Way?’ to the dark and brooding epic ‘Ballad Of The Dying Day’, this is an album of contrasts. Intertwined with this musical tapestry, Edd’s lyrics explore a wide range of themes. These include the issue of over population, ‘Pink Belly’, the crises of war and refugees as viewed through social media, ‘TV Squares’, a homage to the sun, ‘Alien Light’, and the simplicity and poetic beauty of the list song ‘I Am’.
‘Making Mountains (Vol. 1)’ is a collection of thought provoking, challenging, yet beautiful songs that shine a light on modern life. With ‘Vol. 2’ in the works for 2017, Edd Donovan is set to make his mark.
Listen to ´Bowerbird´ below!