7" | 2017 | EU | Original (Speedy Wunderground)
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Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
London-based vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and producer DEWEY (real name Fifi Dewey) met Speedy head-honcho Dan Carey in his studio while providing backing vocals for Carey-collaborator Nick Mulvey. ‘I kept hearing about her through various people’, says Dan, ‘and we kept meaning to meet up – and then, one day, there she was in the studio.’ At that session, Fifi passed Dan a CD of dozens of demos she had written and recorded. ‘I had one listen and it was a revelation,’ recounts Carey. ‘We started recording straight away.’The song itself is named after a trip to an otherworldly area situated on the west coast of Scotland and is, in her words, ‘a paean to unrequited love and nostalgia buoyed by an overriding message of hope.’ The session happened in classic Speedy style - frenetic and spontaneous – and towards the end was interrupted by the surprise arrival of the Insecure Men – a new band/side project formed by members of Fat White Family, Sean Lennon and Childhood. They had just played their debut gig at the nearby Brixton Windmill and made their way to Carey’s studio afterwards for an impromptu jam session into the early hours. ‘It was mental,’ remembers Fifi. ‘I actually ended up having to kick them out. It was time to go to bed!’The result is a truly unique piece of music. It’s hard to place specific influences but there are hints of Bjork and Jeff Buckley, along with subtle RnB textures. Label co-runner Pierre Hall describes it as being ‘like Sade meets PJ Harvey’, but continues, ‘There’s more to it than that. Every time I listen it reveals something new and fresh. It’s like peeling off the layers of an onion. Points of reference cascade over another and become something different – like ripples on a pool of water. It’s very elemental. For me, she perfectly encapsulates that moment between being asleep and dreaming. Kinda half-remembered, but almost too far away to grasp, just out of reach.’Speedy Wunderground released their second annual compilation, 'Speedy Wunderground - Year 2' in June 2016 - featuring Natalie Bang Bang, Kate Tempest, Loyle Carner, Telegram, Teleman, FEWS, Peluché, BOSS, Mr. Dan & Guilty Simpson. So far as part of Year 3 there have been releases from Boxed In, Formation, Meatraffle, Warmduscher, Mr Dan, Melt Yourself Down and JW Ridley.