Alex Hulme has been turning heads all across his native North West for the last 2 years since signing to Cityscape Records, and the new EP There Was A Boy shows Alex stepping up to the next level. Recorded as a joint effort between Alex and Brad B Wood in the Cityscape Studio, Tom Knott at Airtight Productions, (KT Tunstall, I Am Kloot) and Paul O’Brien at POB Audio, the EP is a quantum leap forward.
Mixing his use of unusual tunings inspired by artists such as Nick Drake, Fionn Regan and Foy Vance with realtime multilayered looping of guitars and vocals, Alex creates immediate pop songs with catchy melodies and rich folk guitar. Alex’s direct songwriting and succinct and natural style, as well as his arrangement of expansive vocal harmonies, melodic hooks and intricate guitar parts has made him stand out from the crowd.
Alex’s second EP introduces darker subject matter to his acoustic pop song writing. Title track There Was A Boy follows the aftermath of one of his closest friends losing his mother. Bones looks into the deep rooted and often uncontrollable desires we can feel for people and Forests transports the listener to a forest at day break where you can feel the world wake up around you. Closing track Dare ends the EP with a moving acoustic lament to daring to be more in life.
Alex’s prolific gigging over the past year has seen him support artists such as Avi Buffalo, Emmy The Great and The Travelling Band, as well as being championed by Ultimate-Guitar.com, BBC Lancashire’s Sean McGinty and Liverpool’s Object of Dreams magazine among others including Somojo Magazine who made Alex their Male Artist of 2010. This year will see him reach even further across the UK playing at various festivals including Liverpool Sound City for the second year running, Cockermouth Rock Festival, Audlem Festival, For Folks Sake Festival in Manchester as well as a tour of venues all across the country.
The launch party will take place at 3345, Parr Street, in Liverpool on Friday the 23rd of September.
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