Monday 21 May 2018

LISTEN: Nick Mulvey releases 'Dancing For The Answers' EP

The total star Nick Mulvey is back with Dancing For The Answers, a collection of four new tracks, his first release since last year's second studio album Wake Up Now. The release coincide with Nick's current UK tour, which finishes up with a show at the rather momentous Royal Albert Hall tomorrow evening (22nd May) - the last few tickets for that are here. Despite being a four track EP, the tracks are pretty epic and stretch to twenty four beautiful minutes of everything you've come to expect from Nick... those stunning lyrics, vocals and intricate guitar patterns, but there are some surprises thrown in for good measure too (listen out at around 7:30 in the title track of the EP.)

The first two tracks were recorded with Nick's long-standing collaborator and producer Dan Carey, in a week's work at his South London studio last May, where, Nick describes "we abandoned our planned schedule in favour of voyages into jams unknown [...] the results surprised us both and are two of the most precious tracks either of us feel we've ever made. A significant detail for me was the setting aside of my usual acoustic guitar in favour of a Mya-Moe baritone ukulele that I play on both tracks." 

The title track appears on the record Wake Up Now lyrically as Transform Your Game but has here itself been transformed musically, and Give It To Kali samples one of Nick's heroes, Ram Dass. Nick details that "Ram Dass' words about offering your struggles to the goddess Kali (who feeds from our impurities and our negativity) spoke to me powerfully and I'm honoured to use them in this track." 

The EPs other two tracks emerged from the Wake Up Now album sessions of October 2016 at the legendary Real World Studios in Wiltshire with Ethan Johns in the production seat. They're far more reminiscent of the second record in their style, with Nick describing"collaborative playing from the group of musicians and friends I assembled there at the time" but all four tracks come together to make a beautiful EP. 

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