Great Britain hails the return of one of its most talented homegrown singer/songwriter/multi-musicians as the mighty Simon Kent announces the release of his new album, Dreams and Memories, on 4 April 2014. The album follows hot on the heels of the success of his single, ‘Where I Stand’ which scooped airplay stateside and across over 40 UK radio stations; as well as seeing Simon sharing the main stage at last summer’s Weyfest Festival with Echo and the Bunnymen, Toploader and Roachford. Now, for a new year, Simon Kent launches his follow-up single, ‘Spaced Out Refugee’ on 31 March and an epic new album, proving that this artist means serious business on the UK music scene.
However it’s Simon’s incredible personal story that’s taken the nation by storm in recent weeks as he revealed that his 7-year-old daughter, Evie, is his ongoing inspiration. Born with Down’s Syndrome, Evie, has inspired her daddy’s lyrical direction and musical creations as she takes such a deep interest in the music that Simon produces. Evie, who has used music to step ahead of her peers in mainstream school, even appears in Simon’s forthcoming video for ‘Spaced Out Refugee’, as he acknowledges his daughter’s part in the creation of the new album.
Born and bred in the costal city of Portsmouth, Simon Kent has already garnered much admiration from the Brit music press with Logo magazine saying, “His songs are genuinely massive” and Playing Out Loud UK telling us to, “Look out for the next big thing from the city that gave us Joe Jackson”.
Dreams and Memories is definitely moving. A diverse collection of heartfelt tracks traversing a spectrum of topics from mainstream love and heartbreak right through to more off-the-wall themes such as alienation, alcoholism, nostalgia and the joy of fatherhood – Kent demonstrates his ability to deliver any emotion with a fusion of sensitivity and fervour. And fittingly an album with such seemingly contrasting themes has equally contrasting influences, with contributions from drummer Jon Callender (ex-Cranes), Giorgio Li Calzi (jazz trumpet) and Timothy Drysdale (classical piano). Early versions of the songs were recorded at Miloco (Chemical Brothers’ studio in London) with Phill Brown – famous for his work with Talk Talk, Zero 7, Robert Palmer, Bob Marley, Rolling Stones – with final versions mixed at Aubitt Studios near Southampton. Lyrics, vocals, keyboards and guitar are all delivered by Simon himself. Dreams and Memories, a title which was inspired by the first song Simon ever wrote, is set to capture the attention of pop/rock fans everywhere.
The album also carries Simon’s single, ‘Everything’s Alright’. The track is a shining example of Simon’s ability to integrate truthful, heartfelt lyrics with an incredible pop/rock backdrop. Mixed by up-and-coming producer, Sam Sketty, it’s the first song to be recorded with Simon’s new band. ‘Everything’s Alright’ is emotional, atmospheric and melodic – an invigorating blend of catchy beats wrapped around Simon’s unflawed vocals.
Brimming with emotional wisdom, the new album from Simon Kent is a melodic storybook that is a masterpiece of sheer musical genius. Dreams and Memories is sure to make an indelible stamp on the UK scene – welcome back Simon Kent.
The album Dreams and Memories is released on 4 April 2014
The single ‘Space Out Refugee’ is released on 31 March 2014:
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