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Slowme was a birthday present and dedicated to a very good friend. This version of the song wasn’t planned to be shared to a greater audience, but became so intimate and special, that we finally decided to do so… Roughly recorded and decently complemented by just one vocal overdub, Slowme finally is a rehearsal room live production and shows up another side of Nullmillimeter. Our fourth release in a row until autumn, but our first one in english language.
I, the Mountain
I, the Mountain dances the finest lines between indie, folk, and pop traditions. Easily recognized by their crisp harmonies, clever hooks, and high energy performances, I, the Mountain has built a loyal and growing following across Ontario. I, the Mountain has established themselves as openers for acts such as The Strumbellas, Busty and the Bass, The Wooden Sky, and Elliot Brood. Fresh off their recent studio collaborations with Canadian music icons Simon Ward (The Strumbellas) and Jonas Bonetta (Evening Hymns) I, the Mountain is set to bring their trademark indie-folk sound to mainstages across Canada.
‘Where I Was’
Born and raised on a farm in central Minnesota, Kurtis was exposed to country music at an early age. His parents owned records of Johnny Cash, Ernest Tubb, and other country superstars. Kurtis moved around many times throughout his school years, attending 7 different schools. In his late teens Kurtis worked in a sheet metal factory and in an auto repair shop before enlisting in the US Navy. He spent most of a decade in the Navy, stationed primarily in California. In addition to his home state of Minnesota, Kurtis has lived in Florida, Virginia, California, and now lives in Illinois.
‘Just Can’t Let My Heart’
Alan Frew is a singer songwriter and guitarist from Prestwick in Ayrshire, Scotland just 5 miles from the famous Robert Burns cottage in Alloway.
Alan grew up listening to all forms of grassroots music absorbing many genres from Bossa jazz to country blues and Americana and in turn defining his own tangible style. Citing his father the late Ian Frew, also a singer songwriter, guitarist along with John Martyn and Joao Gilberto as influences Alan produced his debut album ‘Go Easy’ in 2010 to wide acclaim. Since beginning a songwriting career and during his time playing with local bands Alan opened for Scottish acts Paolo Nutini and Texas before going solo and playing supports to king of country guitar Albert Lee, Irish folk legend Sharon Shannon and jazz virtuoso Martin Taylor.
In 2013 Alan was asked to play and sing with the Rafferty Family as part of the Gerry Rafferty tribute at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall. The show included performances by The Proclaimers, Jack Bruce and Ron Sexmith and sold out on the first day.
Since then he formed his own band The Alan Frew Band and went onto perform many of the country’s top festivals including Belladrum, Eden fest, Wickerman and Live At Troon Festival as well as playing on average around 150 solo shows per year in the uk and Europe.
European shows have included The Ma Nolans venues in Nice and Cannes during the Cannes Film Fest, The Plazza Stage at the Blueballs Festival Switzerland and live TV performances in Holland.
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald
‘I Love That Sound’
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald is a Canadian singer/songwriter who has collected an audience of fans across North America drawn to simple honest words and a genuine smile. Having released 4 full-length albums to date, Fitzgerald has spent his career since 2006 creating music, touring, developing as a songwriter, and connecting with audiences. Fitzgerald’s unique and innovative ideas coupled with his inherent warmth allow him to engage with people in a way that always leaves them meaningfully connected.
The Sea The Sea
‘Fall Before The Climb’
The Sea The Sea is an Upstate New York based indie folk-pop duo-band featuring what Huffington Post calls, “Two of the loveliest male-female voices you might ever hear this or any other year.” Their 2014 debut release, Love We Are We Love, received praise from NPR, American Songwriter, and No Depression, among others, gathering over 15 million streams on Spotify. The animated video for their song “Waiting” sparked viral interest including Buzzfeed, Pitchfork, and inclusion at the international TED 2015 conference. Mountain Stage host Larry Groce calls them “ready to take their place among the best young male/female duos now performing.” Their 2016 release, the six-song EP In the Altogether, earned features by Apple Music including “Best of the Week” and “A-List Singer/Songwriter.” Recently, Paste Music / Daytrotter described the band as “defined by their infallible vocal harmonies and their unconventional song arrangements. The Sea The Sea is a pop band only in their melodic infectiousness—otherwise they are at their best when subverting conventions.”
Our Man In The Field
‘Thin (I Used to Be Bullet Proof)’
Think of Our Man In The Field – AKA Alexander Ellis – as an independent correspondent, with his works dispatches from his travels. So classically crafted are Ellis’ songs that you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve heard Our Man In The Field somewhere before. He and his brilliant band of pedal steel, guitar, banjo, upright bass and drums (with fine harmony backing vocals) take inspiration from the alt-Americana and Caledonian soul stylings of Van Morrison, Neil Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Wilco. His own sound is indefinable yet familiar- its introspective, intimate and deeply soulful style stands comfortably alongside modern day artists Ray LaMontagne, Damien Rice, Foy Vance and Joe Purdy.
‘Any Open Door’
Djakarta is the music project of singer-songwriters Raphaël and Tristan Stuart. The multi-instrumentalist brothers craft intimate pop songs, seamlessly blending acoustic and electronic textures inside their studio in Paris. Equally inspired by wide-open spaces and cityscapes, the duo is set to release Overseas, three years after their first EP. With dreamy musings on lives spent between two continents (they are French-born Australians) set against melancholy, sun-drenched folk pop arrangements, be ready to embark on a physical and spiritual journey.
Rev. J. Mikhael Smith and the Brimstone Miracle
Knoxville, TN- Slapawitz Syndicate Recordings is excited to announce Rev. J. Mikhael Smith and the Brimstone Miracle’s debut EP, Dogwood Winter, available everywhere 24July2020. Completely live-tracked with no overdubs, Dogwood Winter is a Southern Gothic short, touching on subjects ranging from train derailments to murder-suicides—bumper stickers to the afterlife. Regarding Smith’s previous work with Handsome and the Humbles, Tanner Rutherford of Beat Atlanta Online Magazine writes, “Songwriter and frontman Josh Smith should be considered in conversation alongside songwriters such as Jason Isbell and Ryan Adams.” Matthew Everett writes, “Smith is a gifted songwriter, with a novelist’s eye for telling details and an ear for melodies that feel instantly familiar.”
Songwriter, Josh Smith brings an Appalachian airy sensibility and matches it with sophisticated prose while staying truly authentic and rootsy.
“Radiant Man is the story of a person fighting against a tidal wave. Faced with darkness, there is still something about the enduring human spirit that emerges and can bring us closer. Radiant Man is an homage to this human radiance.” Brudini
Photo credits: Randall Nyhof
Compiled by: Christos Doukakis