Halcyon and Bobby Uzóma

This week we discovered two new artists. We’ve featured both of them in premieres on The Revue, so we thought we’d share them with you here too.

What do you do when you graduate Unversity? Grow up? Get a proper job? Put the drums in the loft and leave the guitar to gather dust in the corner? Not necessarily…

As actor Jim Carrey remarked, “You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love”, so Brighton-based band Halcyon have made the transition from student days at Exeter Uni to full-time musicians. Their first post-graduation offering, their single “Tongue-Tied”, was released on April 6th.

Recorded at Middle Farm studios in Devon with producer James Bragg (Gengahr/Saltwater Sun/Grace Lightman), “Tongue-Tied” features dream-pop influences reminiscent of Halcyon’s South-coast contemporaries and good friends, Tourists. Since Tourists also worked with James Bragg on their recent release Masquerade, comparisons are inevitable. It’s good to hear that Halcyon are carving out their own sound.

Opening with hypnotically-resonant guitar over dreamy synths, the track could choose to head into meditation, mantras, and chants. Not a chance! A skip of drums break into Rory Mitchell’s vocals, and we’re immersed in wondrously energetic indie-rock. Grounded in accomplished musicianship, the arrangements are cleverly constructed to give an impression of simplicity to surprisingly complex interweavings of sound. Rory’s voice embraces the emotion of the lyrics with pathos and believability, drawing us into the song. So far so good – “Tongue-Tied” has all the ingredients to fill the floor and leave fans wanting more.

And there is more. At 2  min 45 sec, just when many bands would sign off, Halcyon trips it down into deliciously engaging guitar. Suddenly intimate, each note elegantly placed, leading into swirling soft-psychedelia, a calling card for the edge of genius. No more Brit-pop, this is Halcyon telling us that they are capable of something new, different and unique. A moment of risk shows their potential to push the envelope.

Halcyon are: Rory Mitchell (vocals/guitar), Sam Bowen (vocals /synth), Luke Colwell (bass), and Ben Leftley (drums).

Catch Halcyon live at Nambucca on the Holloway Road, London – with their mates from Tourists – on April 14th, and keep an eye on their Facebook page and Twitter feed for upcoming gigs in Brighton and London.

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The Revue picked out Bobby Uzóma’s forthcoming EP as one of 2017’s most anticipated records back at the start of the year. Then we waited and still are waiting.

The EP is still a work in progress, and we completely understand that good things take time. In the meantime, we’re delighted that Bobby has decided to reward our patience with a single, “Alone”, which was released on Monday 10 April.

The Toronto-via-Calgary singer-songwriter has one of those rare voices that would ooze emotion even if he were singing the laundry list. “Alone” is not a laundry list; it’s a beautifully structured soul symphony, layering atmospherics to give the perfect vessel for Bobby’s smooth vocals. Simultaneously edgy and laid back with a pulsing heartbeat, the song is mood-enhancing music. Be careful what you bring to it because – happy or sad, joyous or depressed – it will multiply.

Less electro and more experimental than his previous offering, “Holy Grails”, Bobby continues to intrigue with vocals threaded intimately through tune. His online persona is similarly tantalizing, preferring photographic aesthetic to descriptive prose with a notable absence of the hyperbole that emerging musicians are usually keen to share. This is a man who lets his music do the talking. We hope to hear more soon. Meanwhile, take a listen to “Alone” via the link below.

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