New Mythology Nick Mulvey
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- 1A Prayer Of My Own04:33
- 2Star Nation04:06
- 4Brother To You (Album Version)03:11
- 5Shores of Mona02:38
- 6The Gift03:32
- 7Sea Inside (Third Way)04:46
- 9Another Way To Be03:31
- 11Interbeing Part 101:20
- 12Begin Again (Love You Just The Same)05:15
- 13Star Nation04:17
Info for New Mythology
To arrive at this album, the acclaimed artist and songwriter has come a long way – both experientially and philosophically. A founding member of the award-winning British collective Portico Quartet, he left in 2011 to concentrate on his own material. Once solo, he released the Mercury Prize-nominated debut album First Mind in 2014, and 2017’s celebrated Wake Up Now, along with a number of EPs, becoming known for his modern take on folk and being called a nomadic troubadour, with influences from the changing landscapes around him. On New Mythology, humanity and the natural world are enmeshed, showing the vulnerability of the everyday human experience; in this case becoming a father and navigating the pandemic, but also his journey to compute the scope and scale of his feelings: an attempt to embody the personal all the way to the planetary – and grasp their true inseparability. Early renditions of ”Star Nation” and “Begin Again” - released during the pandemic - both sow the seeds of this interconnected space.
New Mythology was written during the pandemic and recorded with renowned producer Renaud Letang [Manu Chao, Feist, Connan Mockasin] at Studio Ferber in Paris – which miraculously remained open. Daytimes were rigorous with arranging and recording sessions, while evenings were spent alone in hotel isolation. Nick also credits all of those who have helped him arrive at this point: his friends and family, teachers past and present, including mentors like the Polynesian ambassador and elder Aunty Ivy. and Thomas Berry’s collection of essays, as well as Mac Macartney’s book The Children’s Fire. Now, Mulvey finds himself at the precipice of change and is ready to share his message with the world.
is an English musician, singer and songwriter who studied music in Havana, Cuba. He played the Hang as a founder member of 2008 Mercury Prize nominated band Portico Quartet, until 2011 when he left to pursue his career as a singer-songwriter. As a solo artist, Mulvey released his first EP The Trellis in November 2012, and his second Fever to the Form in July 2013. He has toured with Laura Marling, Laura Mvula, and Lianne La Havas and cites, among others, Nick Drake as a key musical influence.
As a founding member of sprawling, Mercury Prize nominated jazz collective, Portico Quartet, Nick played an otherworldly new instrument called The Hang, and their music still resonates today in broader circles outside of any insular jazz clique (Alt-J quoted one of Nick's Portico lyrics on their debut album). Nick though wanted a change, and one where the creative process was perhaps a more singular vision, albeit no less liberal-minded.
Putting himself through a guitar school in Cuba, the only Brit in the room, his technique is exquisite, a blur of picked notes and offbeat, irregular timings. Nick is one of life\'s great thinkers, and coupling his beautifully delivered verse with the intricacies of his playing, you have something wildly at odds with his peers.
Three single releases into this solo career and Nick's music is making impressive, encouraging footprints across the globe. Concluding 2013 on the BBC Sound of 2014 shortlist, those introductory singles, Fever to The Form, Nitrous, and the irresistible Cucurucu are picking up fans in all the right places. Playlisted at Radio 1, Radio 2, 6Music, Absolute Radio, and XFM, and armed with a slew of impressive press quotes, its crucially not just the airwaves and printed press that are taking to Nick but their listeners and readers alike.
The confines of the studio, where an artist can pour over every dropped note or wayward vocal, are rarely the litmus test for a musician's true worth, so it's equally as encouraging that the past twelve months have taken Nick across the UK and Europe and back again, performing to bigger crowds and selling out venues well in advance. Laura Marling invited him out on a full UK tour last Autumn, Ben Howard has become a big vocal supporter following a support slot in Ireland, and Nick's upcoming UK and European tour already includes sold-out shows in cities far beyond his London home. Last Summer he was a regular on the festival stages to busy crowds, and this year already looks likely to repeat and surpass that feat. He dips speculative toes in America this March with his first performances out at SXSW in Texas.
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