Mary Epworth

Mary Epworth

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

British artist with love of '60s West Coast psychedelia.

Debut album 'Dream Life' self-released this year and rather wonderfully resulting in two singles, 'Black Doe' and 'Long Gone', being playlisted at BBC 6 Music as well as securing Album Of The Day at BBC 6 Music, and other high-profile national radio plays aplenty, including BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2.

Enjoyed the recent summer season by playing a number of high-profile UK festivals including Bestival, Hop Farm, Standon Calling, B

Biography

With the 2012 release of her debut album Dream Life, Mary Epworth has emerged as one of the UK’s most exciting talents.

The album’s success in blending 1960s West Coast psychedelia with gospel and dream pop has gained Mary widespread radio exposure as well as glowing reviews from among others, The Times, Q and Clash.

Mary, whose varied influences range from Iggy Pop and The Beach Boys to Joe Meek and Fever Ray, says of Dream Life: “We wanted to go for an ambitious, not a ‘by the book’ production.”

Innovative production techniques on the album, which was recorded in a Norfolk barn, included putting the instruments through a flanger and using a harpsichord and space echo.

Her powerful, atmospheric voice has also helped make Mary one of the most in- demand live acts in the UK. During 2012 her headline show at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room was a sell out and she has played a string of festivals including Hop Farm, Standon Calling, Bestival and Festival Number 6.

Other highlights during her breakthrough year have included a Daytrotter session, an in-store performance at Rough Trade and covering Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Oh Daddy’ for Mojo’s covermount tribute CD, ‘Rumours’.

BBC 6 Music, Radio 1, Radio 2 and XFM are among those to feature tracks from Dream Life, with ‘Black Doe’ and ‘Long Gone’ gaining single of the week accolades on both Shaun Keaveny’s 6Music breakfast show and XFM Xposure. Dream Life was also named ‘album of the day’ by 6Music.

Further radio coverage has included sessions for BBC 6Music’s Lauren Laverne and Cerys Matthews as well as features on 6Music’s Radcliffe and Maconie and Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show.

Recent press quotes for debut album 'Dream Life':

'Spell-binding and beautiful... Simply wonderful.' 9/10 CLASH

'The album has the transporting quality of a good novel.' **** THE TIMES

'A work of bracing originality and immense subtlety. Already one almighty, seven-league- boot shoe-in for those 2012 best of lists.' ***** RECORD COLLECTOR

'Successfully merges folksy surrealism with a slightly demented pop heart' BBC 6 MUSIC - ALBUM OF THE DAY

'Psych pop splendour... Experimentalism, melody and narrative co-existing in appealing balance.' Q

'Mary Epworth makes glorious, enchanted folk pop... Her new album is as varied a nosegay as you could wish for.' STUART MACONIE, SUNDAY TIMES

"As mesmerising as it is unnerving." THE GUARDIAN

"It's an amazing sound that drags you in without mercy. i've never heard anything like this. More, please!" TERRASCOPE

Discography


Albums:
Dream Life

Singles:
Black Doe
Long Gone
The Saddle Song