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Myela perfectly harnesses those two very distinct elements that Nick does so beautifully, sewing together electronics and off-kilter rhythms with his atmosphere-drenched, incisive songwriting. It’s capped by an undeniable groove to its mantra-like refrain and was written alongside one of Nick’s close friends and a new member of his band, Federico Bruno.
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The song was born out of the refugee crisis, and a real desire to help in a heart-breaking situation. To report, not to preach. It came to life during final sessions with producer Dan Carey at his South London based studio.
“Having been deeply touched by the crisis I wanted to write about it, and did so in partnership with Federico. We felt unworthy to write poetry about this subject. Exploring first-hand accounts of refugee journeys, we wanted to give them voice. To share with people who listen to my music, to make them aware the situation continues”.
Nick is supporting Help Refugees UK with the track’s release.
At a time of great uncertainty, it helps to surround yourself with those things you trust, and so marks the timely return of the reliably brilliant Nick Mulvey. His standout debut album, First Mind, in 2015 was the introduction of an artist who shirked the conventional and side-stepped the expected. It was a record of opposing shades, all leftfield rhythms, and harnessing an exquisitely natural guitarist doing extraordinary things, painting unique colours across a very moreish collection of songs. It was quite peerless, and translated to the stage alongside a fine collection of talented players that formed his band.
Nick’s return with the first fruits of his new album sessions has brought with it his own outlook on a world that can’t decide which direction it’s going, or quite what to do with itself. We’re all hastily trying to find our spot within these times, and Nick is no exception, but if clarity is part-resolved by a call to arms, perhaps it’s time to make that call. Unconditional, the first new music from Mulvey in over two years, is a multi-layered, groove-based tune that doesn’t stray too far from First Mind, but far enough to sound fresh, unique and exciting.
Unconditional is one of a number of standout songs from the sprawling Wake Up Now, an album rooted in the conscience and all that it stands for. It’s also a record that harbours great community, welcoming a host of new and multi-talented musicians with a flourishing skillset. That sense of community was drilled home by Brian Eno in a few pre-recording meet-ups between the two, who implored Nick to open himself up more and consider sharing the weight-load. The idea of opening himself up more has filtered into Nick’s lyrics too, once swathed in metaphor upon metaphor, they’re now at the heart of this record’s identity. Clarity. Humanity.
Production duties here are handed to Ethan Johns at Real World Studios who recorded Nick and his band live and at their most raw to reinforce that key community spirit, and whose eventual finished tapes Nick then took up to London and presented to First Mind producer Dan Carey who meticulously sewed in the electronic elements. Standout tracks are almost as crucial as the sum of Wake Up Now’s parts, and the seismic Mountain To Move (with the album title at the heart of the song’s refrain) and We Are Never Apart implore repeat plays.
it’s a much more relaxed Nick Mulvey that delivers Wake Up Now. Comfortable within his own skin, for want of a less travelled term. The community he’s built around himself all sit on the same page together, letting the music and conversation at the heart of this record flow naturally and at ease with the world around them.
It’s the work of a special British talent ready for the next phase, whatever that phase will be. Join him.
Help Refugees is a grassroots humanitarian aid organization that supports the vulnerable people who are not being catered for by large aid organisations, NGOs or governments. Unconstrained by red tape, politics and bureaucracy, they act fast to provide vital humanitarian aid whilst maintaining dignity to hundreds of thousands of refugees across Europe.
Despite only beginning in August 2015, Help Refugees has grown today to be the largest providers of aid to Calais, Dunkirk and Idomeni. They also work across the rest of Europe, in Lebanon and Turkey, Europe, feeding tens of thousands of people daily, funding medical care for women and children, search and rescue boats, baby milk programs, and other basic aid. They have also sent ambulances to Syria and were instrumental in the campaign work to reunite unaccompanied children across Europe with their families in the UK.
Help Refugees are in the places the big charities aren’t, reacting quickly to the ever changing refugee crisis, helping the most vulnerable and ensuring humanitarian basics are supplied such as food, shelter, clothes and medical care. They work alongside incredible local volunteers and smaller grassroots groups who they know are at the frontline of the crisis, carrying out vital work in difficult circumstances: pulling people off boats, handing out shoes to the barefoot, providing food to the hungry and building centres that provide sanctuary.Fiction RecordsIndie & Alternative2017-06-20