This month’s one-man band of the month comes from not so traditionally English singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey. As the founding member and Hang player (a drum which looks like two woks stuck together) of jazz enthused Portico Quartet, his solo offerings provide a more alternative folk-rock flavour. Standing out in this more than over crowded genre, his Cuban and oriental musical beginnings are still ever present, making his music more compelling than most following the folk path.
With two EP releases since 2012 and his first studio album First Mind released this year, singles such as Cucurucu and Meet Me There have already caught attention of radio, streaming sites and music press alike, with his endearingly honest storytelling and intricate guitar licks. Other singles such as Nitrous, sets the pace and finger picks its way into Olive’s 90’s dance classic ‘You’re not Alone’, opening up his experimentation more so.
Having already toured with Laura Marling in 2012, Mulvey’s sound is reminiscent of this, with an added hint of Nick Drake and Paul Simon’s beautifully patterned lyricism. Currently signed to Fiction, owned by Mumford and Son’s Ben Lovett, this adds to his surrounding folk influences.
Embracing his first summer of solo festival appearances, he’ll be enchanting audiences over the country including Blissfields, Green Man and Bestival. Ranging from traditional folk music to world and jazz, let Nick Mulvey’s modest aura and harmonic high notes float through a sea of impeccably experimental instrumentation into your heart and soul.