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A major new project from Folk and Honey
"The idea is to give our quality music the same big budget clout as the commercial crap" Paul from Folk and Honey
‘Sonic Blooms’ is a double album compilation of the UK’s finest emerging alt-folk and new roots music produced by the UK’s biggest folk gig listing website, Folk & Honey.
‘Sonic Blooms’ has been curated by leading alt-folk promoters New Roots and features the scene’s most exciting talent, including Brooke Sharkey, Leonie Evans, The Nightjar, Low Chimes, Jinwoo, Ned Roberts and many more.
The album will be launched with a special gig at London’s iconic 100 Club on November 27th, featuring many of the artists on the compilation. Launch tickets are available on the crowdfunding page or from www.wegottickets.com.
ALL PROFITS FROM THIS ALBUM WILL BE SPENT ON FURTHER PUBLICITY FOR THE RELEASE AND THE ACTS INVOLVED.
‘Sonic Blooms’ shines a light on a wonderfully diverse, vibrant scene that is happening right now, on its own terms, mostly without the backing of the media, the music industry, or the folk music establishment. Call it alternative folk, call it new roots, it pulses under the surface with word-of-mouth gigs in perfectly intimate venues, put together by dedicated owners and promoters – everyone there for the music, everyone there to listen intently to what these young, innovative artists are creating.
Though built from the ashes of a folk awareness, the flame for most of the work on this album was lit in a city setting. For many of these musicians their sound is the result of soaking up everything the metropolis throws at them. You can hear it in the easy cultural mix of English and French in Brooke Sharkey’s ‘Faces’, Robert Chaney’s noir city tales, the urban electronics that underpin Sisika’s ‘Routes’, Adam Beattie’s story of what it is to be an immigrant in the city.
This music is fearless and fiercely intelligent, led neither by fast changing fashion nor the rules of tradition; these are independent artists with independent voices. It’s curious and open-minded – you can hear the hunger for pushing boundaries.
These artists are deeply linked, many play on each other´s songs, share a producer, a studio, a stage, shared experience. Each has their own strength of vision, a DIY ethic that links back to traditional folk music.
This musical movement is not just limited to the twenty artists on this album, there are many more British musicians performing and recording boundary-pushing alt-folk. Rather, ‘Sonic Blooms’ is a snapshot of an emerging scene that merits a little time in the spotlight.
1. Firefly Burning ‘Beloved’
2. Ma Polaine’s Great Decline ‘Been Loved Too Much’
3. Brooke Sharkey ‘Faces’
4. The Nightjar ‘Cockleshell’
5. Mishaped Pearls ‘Six Dukes’
6. Low Chimes ‘Blood Orange’
7. Jinnwoo ‘Waiting For P To Have A Vision’
8. Leonie Evans ‘Freya’
9. Sisika ‘Routes’
10. Robert Chaney & Laura Tenschert ‘Corozones Amarillos’ (exclusive recording for this release)
1. Whiskey Moonface ‘Dictionaries’
2. Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker ‘I Never Learned French’
3. Adam Beattie & The Consultants ‘The Same Sea’
4. Ned Roberts ‘Drifting Down’
5. Samantha Whates ‘Icicle’
6. Benedict Benjamin ‘My Feet Have No Need For The Ground’
7. MG Boulter ‘Clifftown’ (exclusive recording for this release)
8. Ferris & Sylvester ‘Save Yourself’
9. Sailing Stones ‘Blazing Sun’
10. Tobias Ben Jacob ‘Parallel’ (currently unreleased)
Funding for this project is being provided by Folk and Honey.
F&H are being assisted by Big Life Management and distribution is by The Republic of Music.
Paul and Toby at Folk & Honey and Rory from New Roots are giving their time to this project for free.