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BRYDE + JESSIE REID
Bryde’s debut album ‘Like An Island’ followed in 2018 – written amid a break-up, it was a record about emancipation and learning to exist alone again. The album was nominated for the Welsh Music Prize. The musician is also active on the live circuit, playing alongside the likes of Fatherson, Rufus Wainwright, The Joy Formidable, and joining the bill at Dot to Dot, Green Man, Sen, Live At Leeds, The Great Escape, Latitude, Boardmasters, and 2000 Trees.
In the year after ‘Like An Island’s release, “I learnt a lot more about myself,” Howells explains. “I had my first real experience of emotional burnout and quite a paradigm shift experience in terms of how I treat myself.” All of these paths led her to ‘The Volume of Things’. Written and recorded between London, and various friends’ studios in Berlin, the album is produced by Thomas Mitchener (Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Futureheads and BlackWaters). Howells describes the record’s expansive feel as being like “the calm before the storm – before the true calm that I’m working towards.”
As a title, ‘The Volume of Things’ refers to the bombardment of modern life. Each day is a new avalanche – constantly, we’re overloaded with new information, and distracted by constant notifications pinging on phone screens. Everywhere we turn, there are millions of choices to be made: what to do, what to buy, where to go. Despite being hyper-connected through the tiny portals in our pockets, finding raw, interrupted connection remains just as difficult, if not more so. These are the challenges that Bryde’s second record grapples with. Ultimately, ‘The Volume of Things’ journeys towards a quieter way of living and tries to sift meaning from the white noise.
Jessie Reid’s folk-influenced, percussive fingerstyle guitar playing has drawn comparisons with the likes of Ben Howard, Lucy Rose and Nick Mulvey. Her latest single has earnt support from BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinsonand Chris Hawkins, BBC Wales’s Janice Long, BBC Introducing and was chosen by Spotify editorial playlist curators. Jessie was also subsequently shortlisted for last year’s Glastonbury Emerging Talent competition last year and received support from the Alan Surtees Trust fund to record and release her new EP. Jessie travelled as far as New York and Brazil in the promotion of her singles, as well as supporting and touring with the likes of Seafret, Dan Owen, Ciaran Lavery and Brooke Bentham closer to home. Her new singles are set to be released towards the end of 2020.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
The Cuban Embassy - Bulls Head, 23 St Mary's Row, Birmingham, United Kingdom