Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Ed Laurie - Interview and New Album 'Meanwhile In The Park'

British singer/songwriter Ed Laurie released his digital debut album ‘Meanwhile In The Park’ on Dangerbird Records on the 23rd of September.

Ed’s soothing warm voice and poetic lyrics are without doubt the central focus of this album with accompanying cellos, clarinets and Spanish guitars providing a sweet mellow sound. The songs have an almost folk story telling appeal taking you on an emotional journey, albeit haunting at times.

If you like Leonard Cohen, Damien Rice and Jose Gonzalez, there’s a good chance you’ll like this album. Ed has crafted his own unique sound and it arrived in my inbox like a breath of fresh air. I haven’t heard anything as pure as this in a while.

I managed to catch up with Ed and asked him a few questions:

When did you begin singing?
Late teens

How would you describe your music?
A walk in the park, to the bridge then home

Can you describe your creative process?
Over time, thought and persistence

Where can we see you perform live over the next couple of months?
In the US - oct 14th soho revue bar - some more shows to come (more dates further down this page)

Which song do enjoy performing the most?
All of them at different times

What was the first record you ever bought?
I don't remember but i know i still don't have it and whatever it was it no longer resonates

Where is your favourite music venue?
At my children's bedside singing them to sleep

If you could have 3 musicians over to your place, they would be...
Camaron de la Isla, Tomatito and Cesaria Evora

If you enjoy 'Meanwhile in the Park' and want to hear more music from Ed you won't have to wait much longer. He recently announced plans to record a full-length record, 'Small Boat, Big Sea', later this year.

Here are the some tour dates with more to be announced:

1 Oct 2008 Re-Hab New York
2 Oct 2008 Union Hall New York Brooklyn, New York
6 Oct 2008 SCHUBAS Chicago,Illinois
7 Oct 2008 Hotel Cafe Los Angeles, California
10 Oct 2008 Largo Los Angeles, California

Free Ed Laurie download
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Meanwhile In The Park Tracklisting:

1. Meanwhile In The Park
2. I See No End
3. Albert
4. Julia
5. Better Days
6. Down To The Sea
7. By The Coconut Tree

Ed Laurie Links:

Dangerbird Records:

Meanwhile In The Park on NPR

[Photo by Richard Neuberg]

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