Nell Bryden announces new single and album - Wayfarer
Album release ' July 28th 2014 / single release August 4th 2014
Released via 157 Records NYC/Absolute/Universalhttp://www.nellbryden.com
Nell Bryden is gearing up to release 'Wayfarer' on the 4th August, the new single from her forthcoming album of the same title. Having already received 12 consecutive play listed tracks on Radio 2, Nell is hoping for as much success with this single as she has garnered in the past.
'Wayfarer is a breakthrough for me, a total departure. It's so uptempo, and my life is uptempo right now. I feel very, very happy.'
In Wayfarer, something new and pretty wonderful is about to appear from Nell Bryden. Do you know about Nell? Born in Brooklyn, she grew up in an artists' loft on Atlantic Avenue. Her parents split when she was five, and she spent the next few years with her dad, painter and sculptor Lewis Bryden, later moving to live with her mom, professor and classical soprano Jane. Classically trained (she studied cello for ten years), Nell was set to be an opera singer ' until she heard Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. She finished her English degree at Wellesley while playing regular evening gigs at Boston's many and varied folk and rock clubs.
Since then, she's been unstoppable, despite being right in the way of nature's vicissitudes. Nell was living in Greenwich Village when 9/11 happened, and found her only relief from the fall-out was to write and tour an album that touched on it. She was working on a follow-up in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit, leaving her with a handful of half-finished tracks; completion came when she sold a Milton Avery painting her dad gave her as a baby to finish and release that album, 2009's jazz- and blues-inflected What Does It Take?, to critical acclaim.
Influenced by the likes of Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris, 2010's Shake The Tree was recorded in west London on vintage gear, including an old EMI console where certain former users had scratched their names: Mick and Keith. The album spawned two startling singles, one of which, Sirens, a poignant and soaring tribute to New York, examined the experiences that still haunted her in 9/11's aftermath.
Acclaim and a series of starry support slots has seen Nell tour now with everyone from Counting Crows, KT Tunstall and Jools Holland to Duane Eddy, Chris Rea, the Gipsy Kings and Gary Barlow. There were righteous performances at a string of festivals, including Hyde Park, Cornbury, V Festival and Bluesfest, and in September 2013, Cher recorded her own version of Sirens on her album Closer to the Truth.
The Wayfaring troubadour.
And now? After surviving a disrupted childhood, several natural disasters and the stress of making it on her own, things are more than good for Nell. She's even met the right man, and is about to marry. It all shows in Wayfarer, an album produced by Dario Darnell and Lorne Ashley Brigham Bowes (AKA Bicker Bros) and with the exuberant, sensual percussive energy of Fleetwood Mac or Cali girl-rockers Haim. Tracks blend subtle electronic beats with live instruments and Nell's trademark Gibson guitar; her dark-brown voice is stronger and more eloquent than ever.
The album is seductively dancey. Nell: 'There's a different sense emotionally to where I've been in the past. Before, there was a lot of heartbreak, cry in your beer stuff that needed pedal steel all over the place.' Big grin. 'I don't feel like that now.'
Title track Wayfarer kicks off with a euphoric punch, a motoring, light-hearted look at her travelling past. It's the tale of a footloose nomad who's finally home to roost, but has seen so much, and now it all makes sense. Perfect for Me is a joyous, almost reggaed-up shout out to love, a sunny mix of Labi Siffre, Crowded House and Eurythmics' Angel. Or as Nell says, 'It's Lou Reed's Perfect Day but without the heroin.'
Shadows In The Sun is an epic gunslinger, a speeded-up, reverb-filled Morricone beat with a vocal like a barefoot Dusty Springfield. Soundtrack, which races past before you can catch it, could be Lennox again, even Chrissie Hynde, and you'll struggle to get that Bo Diddley beat out of your head. If there's any justice in this doggone world, it's the soundtrack for summer 2014.
There are songs, too, there have to be, about sadness and despair; then there are songs about Westbourne Park, where Nell lives with her guy, about Mardi Gras, and about the bluebird of happiness and love which, if you're lucky, will stretch its wings in your heart. You even get a second CD, a stripped-back acoustic version of all these tracks that feels like Nell's sitting right beside you.
Light and dark, sanctuary and loss, triumph, celebration and beauty. Don't let this one get away.
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