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The Melodic Make Late Night Television Debut

Young British band The Melodic made their late night television debut last Wednesday night/Thursday morning with an appearance on Last Call with Carson Daly. The show ran on NBC directly following Jimmy Fallon.

The Melodic have just released their album, Effra Parade. It is the full length Anti- debut from the group whose exhilarating mixture of folk, world beats and danceable pop is being compared to acclaimed artists such as Beirut and The Decemberists. The Melodic are already inspiring critical praise of their own with The Seattle Times proclaiming that: “The Melodic is a group of twenty-somethings with a passion for folk and a proclivity for dance…” while the Paste writes that the band: “…creates a blend of various musical stylings and spits them out as something fresh and sleek… Percussion shuffles along as the group’s harmonies intertwine, coalescing into a soft yet poignant timbre that evokes shimmering memories of careless days.”

The Melodic’s members hail from the vibrant South London melting pot of Brixton and utilise an assortment of exotic instruments from around the globe including the charango and melodica. They are currently traveling North America, performing in support of Effra Parade.

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The Melodic – Effra Parade Album Review

English afro-folk-pop ensemble The Melodic will release their debut album, Effra Parade, on November 5 via Anti-. This release will be the follow up to the band’s acclaimed EP On My Way which was released back in June.

The young members of The Melodic came of age in the South London neighbourhood of Brixton amidst bustling streets and open air markets reverberating with a rich assortment of music from around the world. In the distinctly English tradition of sonic assimilation, they found influence in the sounds they were hearing. “Brixton is a real melting pot of different people so it doesn’t feel inappropriate for us to introduce sounds from around the world into our music”, band member Huw Williams explains.

Their new album Effra Parade was self-recorded in a sound-proofed bedroom in South London over several years with a baroque line-up of 18 instruments.

The Melodic

British folk band, The Melodic

The band explain: “Our bikes filled the hallway of this red and white 1920s terraced house and our instruments became part of the furniture.

“We ran wires under floorboards, constructed acoustic panels and converted Rudi’s childhood bedroom into a modest studio, fully equipped with a fold-down bed for those late night sessions. There, under the watchful eye of a Lee “Scratch” Perry painting, we delved into the art of recording and production.

“After so many years of friendship and musical exploration it’s hard to say when this album really began. Being our debut, it is our life’s work to date and a testament to the time we have spent together, the places we have travelled to and the many people we have met along the way; all of which have shaped our experiences and our music.”

Effra Parade is definitely an album where the hard work that was put in to it is displayed in each song. Every song sounds like it’s been filled with love and affection. It’s a personal record for the band and this shows in the final product. Effra Parade is a marvellous album filled with summery, folk melodies and pleasant, simple vocals. There’s no pretentiousness heard on Effra Parade, just good, clean folk songs.

Recent single On My Way appears on Effra Parade as the second track but it isn’t the strongest track on the record.

Plunge is a folk/jazz number with a brilliant walking bass line, jazz piano and perfect harmonies. The band used 18 instruments on this record and it seems like they may all appear on this one song. Plunge is such an interesting track; the layers are bottomless, seamless and intoxicating.

Roots is a beautiful song about never forgetting where you came from and embracing who you are, “Roots are not something you lay/But something you take on your way/And I know mine/Yes I know mine/Roots can be found every day/Shaping thoughts in the words that you say/And I’ve got mine/Yes I’ve got mine.”

Ode to Victor Jara pays tribute to the late Chilean poet-musician-human rights activist Victor Jara. The video has been premiered on PureVolume. It was directed by Louise Thomas and features an inventive mix of marionettes and folk art all filmed in stop-motion animation. 

The Melodic explain: “Victor’s was the voice of a movement who helped inspire a political and social revolution in Chile. There is a depth and tenderness in his voice and guitar playing which captured our imagination. His story reminds us of the injustice we see the world over and his music gives us the hope to imagine other possibilities and we wanted to honour that.”

Director Thomas talks of the video’s distinctive look: “The sounds and the imagery conjured up when first hearing Ode to Victor Jara inspired the desire to create a piece of moving image with the same intent, passion and ideological reasoning that first brought the band to write and play this song. It’s narrative qualities, as well as eclectic mix of instruments and rhythms, lends itself perfectly to the magical nature of stop frame animation, whereby music brings sculpture to life.”

Come Outside begins with breath-taking harmonies singing, “Oh won’t you come outside” before the finger picking guitar riff sets in. This track is particularly folk inspired with string instruments making a predominant appearance. It’s a beautifully produced track which showcases this band’s ability to write excellent songs, harmonise perfectly and produce intricately layered music.

Watch The World Turn Blue starts with a raw recording of the band performing the song in the studio. You hear them singing in harmony, “You never told me you’d change, you’d change, you’d change/You never said that you’d change” before it gets broken up with the comments, “Remember we’re not saying you…” The song then comes into full force, rising in volume. It’s a summer song filled with great lyrics, reggae beats and once again, intricate musical layers that allow you to always hear something new on each listen. The chorus, “When we hold our tongue/We say something too/Hold your breath and watch the world turn” is thought-provoking just as lyrics should be. The Melodic always have something to say in their songs whether it be about love, life or politics – this is what makes them so fascinating and refreshing.

Effra Parade features a few interludes; Honey Bee and Willow. Honey Bee shows off angelic vocals against simple music leaving the voice as the most powerful instrument on this track. Willow is an acapella track which sends shivers down your spine. The Melodic are experts on harmonies and Willow, with the absence of instruments, really highlights this. The interludes allow The Melodic to be heard without the many layers of instruments – it helps to show that the layers to their songs only enhance what is already there and do not cover weaknesses.

The Melodic will release Effra Parade on November 5 through Anti-.

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The Melodic Announce The Release Of Their Debut Album, Effra Parade

English afro-folk-pop ensemble The Melodic will release their debut album, Effra Parade, on November 5 via Anti-. This release will be the follow up to the band’s acclaimed EP On My Way which was released back in June.

This week, Relix Magazine debuted the brand new video for the song On My Way from the new album. The video can be viewed here.

The young members of The Melodic came of age in the South London neighbourhood of Brixton amidst bustling streets and open air markets reverberating with a rich assortment of music from around the world. In the distinctly English tradition of sonic assimilation, they found influence in the sounds they were hearing. “Brixton is a real melting pot of different people so it doesn’t feel inappropriate for us to introduce sounds from around the world into our music”, band member Huw Williams explains.

The Melodic

British folk band, The Melodic

Their new album Effra Parade was self-recorded in a sound-proofed bedroom in South London over several years with a baroque line-up of 18 instruments.

The band explain: “Our bikes filled the hallway of this red and white 1920s terraced house and our instruments became part of the furniture.

“We ran wires under floorboards, constructed acoustic panels and converted Rudi’s childhood bedroom into a modest studio, fully equipped with a fold-down bed for those late night sessions. There, under the watchful eye of a Lee “Scratch” Perry painting, we delved into the art of recording and production.”

They continued: “After so many years of friendship and musical exploration it’s hard to say when this album really began.

“Being our debut, it is our life’s work to date and a testament to the time we have spent together, the places we have travelled to and the many people we have met along the way; all of which have shaped our experiences and our music.”

Effra Parade is set for release on November 5 through Anti-.

The Melodic will be touring with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion beginning this week and opening up for Johnny Flynn and West Sussex Wit on September 23.

The Melodic Tour Dates With Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion:
Sep 7 Club Helsinki Hudson, NY
Sep 8 Cafe Lena Saratoga Springs, NY
Sep 10 The Haunt Ithaca, NY
Sep 11 Westcott Syracuse, NY
Sep 12 Higher Ground Showcase South Burlington, VT
Sep 13 Cafe Nine New Haven, CT
Sep 14 Iron Horse Northampton, MA
Sep 17 Mercury Lounge New York, NY
Sep 18 World Cafe Live Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
Sep 19 Club Cafe Pittsburgh, PA

The Melodic With Johnny Flynn and West Sussex Wit
Sep 23 Williamsburg Music Hall Brooklyn, NY

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Paste Magazine Streams The Melodic’s Debut EP, On My Way, In Full

Paste Magazine is premiering the brand new debut EP from The Melodic called On My Way which hit digital stores yesterday via Anti-. This effervescent English group delivers a joyous new kind of afro-folk-pop incorporating sonic influences from throughout the world. Band members utilize instruments such as the Charango, Melodica and Kora to create heartfelt and beautifully poetic songs that defy categorisation. English newspaper The Observer described the band’s unique sound as “Incredibly beautiful, with harmonies and rich instrumentation that make you want to dance and cry at the same time.” To stream the EP click here.

The Melodic

British folk band, The Melodic

The young members of The Melodic came of age in the South London neighbourhood of Brixton amidst bustling streets and open air markets reverberating with a rich assortment of music from around the world. In the distinctly English tradition of sonic assimilation, they found influence in the sounds they were hearing. “Brixton is a real melting pot of different people so it doesn’t feel inappropriate for us to introduce sounds from around the world into our music,” band member Huw Williams explains.

In the end, the band has created a dynamic new music which both recalls contemporary artists such as Belle & Sebastian, The Magnetic Fields and the Decemberists, exhibits an unapologetic reverence for past masters Paul Simon and Bert Jansch and mixes in enthralling flourishes from Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. The result is a vital sound entirely their own.

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The Melodic Add A Series of East Coast Dates to Upcoming North American Debut Tour

Young, English, afro-folk-pop alchemists The Melodic have added a series of East coast dates to their upcoming North American debut tour. The band will be performing in support of their upcoming Anti- EP entitled On My Way in stores June 25. Inspired by ’60s folk, The Melodic also incorporate an assortment of influences from around the world. Its members utilize instruments such as the Charango, Melodica and Kora to create a music that joyously defies categorization.

The Melodic On My Way

Artwork for The Melodic’s debut EP, On My Way

The members of The Melodic came of age in the South London neighbourhood of Brixton amidst bustling streets and open air markets reverberating with a rich assortment of music from around the world. In the distinctly English tradition of sonic assimilation, they found influence in the sounds they were hearing. As band member Huw Williams explains, “Brixton is a real melting pot of different people so it doesn’t feel inappropriate for us to introduce sounds from around the world into our music, there was South American and African music around us all the time, as well as reggae and dub music.”

In the end, the band has created a dynamic new music which, at times recalls contemporary artists such as Belle & Sebastian, The Magnetic Fields and the Decemberists, exhibits a clear reverence for past masters Paul Simon and Bert Jansch and mixes in elements from Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa to create a sound entirely their own.

The Melodic North American Dates:
June 30 Denver, CO Hi Dive
July 1 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court
July 2 Reno, NV w/ Two Gallants Chapel Tavern
July 4 Quincy, CA High Sierra Music Festival
July 7 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern
July 8 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
July 10 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop
July 11 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg
July 12 Santa Monica, CA McCabe’s
July 15 Los Angeles, CA School Night
July 16 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
*September 5 Asbury Park, NJ The Saint
*September 6 Providence, RI Fete
*September 7 Hudson, NY Helsinki
*September 8 Saratoga Springs, NY Café Lena
*September 10 Itacha, NY The Haunt
*September 11 Syracuse, NY Westcort Theare
*September 12 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
*September 13 New Haven, CT Café Nine
*September 14 Northampton, MA Iron Horse
*September 17 NYC, Mercury Lounge
*September 18 Philly, World Café
*September 19 Pittsburgh, PA Cluf Café

*With Sarah Lee and Johnny

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The Melodic On My Way EP Review

The Melodic are set to release their debut EP titled On My Way on June 24 through Anti-. The Melodic offer a vibrant new brand of afro-folk-pop that, while inspired by 1960s folk, incorporates an assortment of global influences. Instruments such as the Charango, Melodica and Kora create an intricate and rich texture that defies immediate categorisation. The four-track EP encapsulates their idiosyncratic sound, exploring notions of escapism, friendship and musical heritage.

About the EP, the band say: “We are simply thrilled to be releasing our debut EP as The Melodic with Anti-. It has been a labour of love recording and producing it ourselves at our homebuilt studio over the past few months and we’ve created something we are really proud of so we’re excited to be able to let people in on what we’ve been up to. Featuring two brand new tracks and two old favourites that have been a mainstay of our live set for a while, we hope it will whet people’s appetite for more to come.”

The Melodic On My Way

Artwork for The Melodic’s debut EP, On My Way

The Melodic’s EP On My Way is a wonderful blend of soothing melodies, folk music and indie vocals. The vocals can be compared to The Kooks where Luke Pritchard’s voice rises and falls to suit the music. He has that tinge to his vocals where he doesn’t pronounce words properly, his accent seeps through and similarly, The Melodic use this technique. The vocals are really pleasant throughout the EP; they’re simple, tuneful and interesting. In fact, the whole EP is pleasant and uplifting, listening to it makes it feel like summer even if it’s raining outside.

Musically, On My Way is true folk. So many different instruments are used to create an incredibly solid folk sound. Unlike the folk that you hear from the likes of Mumford & Sons, The Melodic have really fine tuned their sound to be as traditional as possible in today’s popular music industry. Track one On My Way and track two Hold On show this. However, the next two tracks Roots and When I Feel Free see the band experiment more with world music influences. When I Feel Free starts with pan pipes with the acoustic guitar being introduced gently. This song has so many intriguing elements to it that it starts to sound like a reggae-come-folk-come-world track. To summarise, it’s brilliant. It’s great that this track is kept hidden at the end of the EP, it’s a real treat and leaves you begging to hear more from this folk band. This is definitely a band to watch in 2013.

The Melodic’s debut EP On My Way will be released digitally only on June 24 through Anti-. The band have also announced a headline show at The Lexington on June 25 to launch the EP.

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The Melodic Announce News of their Debut EP

The Melodic announce the release of their debut EP On My Way via Anti- on June 24. The four-track EP will be released digitally only.

The Melodic On My Way

Artwork for The Melodic’s debut EP, On My Way

The Melodic offer a vibrant new brand of afro-folk-pop that, while inspired by ’60s folk, incorporates an assortment of global influences. Instruments such as the Charango, Melodica and Kora create an intricate and rich texture that defies immediate categorisation. The four-track EP encapsulates their idiosyncratic sound, exploring notions of escapism, friendship and musical heritage.

About the EP, the band say: “We are simply thrilled to be releasing our debut EP as The Melodic with Anti-. It has been a labour of love recording and producing it ourselves at our homebuilt studio over the past few months and we’ve created something we are really proud of so we’re excited to be able to let people in on what we’ve been up to. Featuring two brand new tracks and two old favourites that have been a mainstay of our live set for a while, we hope it will whet people’s appetite for more to come.”

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