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2017 proved to be a breakthrough year for Allman Brown: the momentum set in motion by 2013’s Sons And Daughters EP culminated in a debut album release (the acclaimed 1000 Years), which featured a number of old fan favourites alongside a batch of new songs. Influenced by Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman and Bruce Springsteen whilst growing up in Hong Kong, Brown latterly discovered and embraced musical visionaries such as Ryan Adams, Justin Vernon and Sufjan Stevens.
All these musicians – alongside a wide range of literary writers and filmmakers – have indirectly shaped 1000 Years, a record that brims with emotions, varying styles and heart-on-sleeve lyrical honesty. Of the LP, R2 Magazine stated “This level of accomplishment would be rare in a more seasoned artist, but in a debutant it is quite breathtaking”, with Acoustic Magazine calling it “an album brimming with aching melodies”.
2018 saw Brown follow up with new music in the form of the Bury My Heart EP (including the singles “Bury My Heart” and “Moonlight”) and embark on headline tours of Ireland, North America, the UK and Continental Europe after a series of well-received showcases at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. In October, Brown surpassed the milestone of 80 million cumulative streams on Spotify and Apple Music, and issued a Justin Timberlake cover (‘Say Something’) for Mahogany. December saw Brown perform in the US with established folk outfit Good Old War, which included a date at the legendary Bowery Ballroom in New York City.
Album two, Darling, It’ll Be Alright, was produced by Ian Bater in the Oxfordshire countryside (like a number of songs on the debut LP), and contains ten brand new recordings. It is scheduled for release in May 2019 and will be preceded by new single “Shapes In The Sun”, out February 22.
The Harmony of Opposites is a recurring theme in Eastern philosophy, that life’s highs cannot come without its lows. Singer-songwriter Aisha Badru has lived that duality—which is why she devoted an entire album, Pendulum (Nettwerk), to exploring how that which once haunted her now empowers her. “A major theme of every human’s experience is that we’re constantly swinging between good and bad,” she says. “We can’t avoid it. By realizing that the swings aren’t permanent, you begin to develop the ability to control how you feel about the unfortunate events that may arise in your life.”
Though elegantly spacious and radiantly harmonic (often with nightingale vocals), Pendulumreverberates with strong will. Here, humbled pensiveness can erupt at any moment into transcendent battle cries. Pendulum delivers a universal message. But it’s also the sound of Badru revealing how she’s never let any disadvantages or heartbreak destroy her.
The album’s first single, “Bridges,” is about the latter. An atmospheric piece, it manages to make a vocoder seem ethereal. Badru sings: “There”ll be mountains for us to climb / There’ll be days when the sun won’t shine / But I’ll stick to it.” Its video chronicles a couple violently kept apart by doppelgängers, representing the man’s demons. “Those mountains are personal demons. They can rip you apart from the person you love most,” she explains. “It takes perseverance to stick with someone through times where you know they need to fight their own battles without you.”