Watch the new video for ‘A Bit Like Love’ HERE
New album ‘Beautifully Astray’ out on April 6th
“A fascinating gateway into her world” – Clash Magazine
Using cello, vocals, orchestral arrangements, choral ensembles, location samples, synths and piano Abi Wade explores human nature through real and abstracted personas on her debut album ‘Beautifully Astray’.
Haunting brass and a blissful wind section filters through sweeping strings to form an orchestral arrangement that perfectly complements Wade’s heartfelt lyrics on relationships and human nature.
New video ‘A Bit Like Love’ is a rousing figurehead of this moving and impassioned debut. Its pulsating rhythms combine with dulcet yet melancholy vocals to sharpen the foreboding edge to this track with nods to the likes of Kate Bush shining through Wade’s contemplative and often sentimental songwriting.
The video was created using spontaneous shots taken of Abi’s closest relationships, childhood friends and family members. Using an iPhone on slo-mo mode with a single black sheet pinned up on the wall of a living room, bedroom, kitchen and front room it captured a real and lo-fi feel to the shots. Working in low light meant the images have an almost candle lit feel at times with deep blacks and shadows emphasising what is concealed and what is revealed.
Abi says of the video; “I have loved Degas’ studies of the body since I was a child, specifically his line drawings and sculptures that seemed to me to move, this was a key influence for the video, I definitely didn’t want it to be an all singing all dancing music video but more a sequence of moving portraiture. I filmed using an iphone which meant I could get intimate moments that I otherwise could not have achieved, each shot is intentionally just a bit of the body and never quite reveals the face/body fully, which I think reflects the tone of the song; the space between knowing and not knowing a loved one.”
Abi wrote most of the tracks on the album on cello initially in various locations of her old hometown of Brighton, from the living room of her seafront apartment to the dark belly of Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar. From this starting point, Abi set out on a sonic exploration, getting field recordings in locations as diverse as a printworks, a tap dancing club and following a chance meeting there, a fishing boat:
“After the tap dancing class I was explaining to the man who ran it how I was trying to get onto a boat to record some sounds and by pure coincidence it turned out he was a fisherman, I did not expect a tap dancing fisherman! It was truly an amazing experience to go out first thing on to the water and share a moment of time with such an interesting character.”
Following a move to Camden the tracks were fleshed out with orchestral arrangements and were recorded in Jay Malhotra and Sam Duckworth’s Amazing Grace studio in Hoxton. These sessions included brass, wind and choral ensembles. Abi then worked with ‘the patron saints of print’ Eley Kishimoto to create the visuals for the album matching the story of each print and pattern to the story of each song. Their patterns are featured on both the album and single artwork and has been a source of inspiration throughout the making of the album.
‘Beautifully Astray’ was recorded with support from Help Musician’s Emerging Excellence award, and the release with support from PRS for Music Foundation’s Women Make Music.
While developing as an artist, she has toured the UK & Europe with Patrick Wolf, sold out her debut EP and released music on the label set up by Daniel Copeman of Esben & The Witch and has played shows with the likes of CocoRosie, Polica, Michael Kiwanuka, Other Lives, Deptford Goth and festivals such as End of The Road, The Great Escape and Wilderness.
The album ‘Beautifully Astray’ is available to pre-order and includes exclusive interactive artwork available to those pre-ordering the album. Abi says “The idea is inspired by the dadaist approach using surrealist techniques to inspire”. RSVP a creation of your own using elements from the artwork itself to inspire a new song by Abi Wade responding to and incorporating the words that are received.
Pre-order here: https://abiwade.bandcamp.com/album/beautifully-astray
4th April: St Pancras Old Church, London with support from Emma Gatrill + AK Patterson
5th April: Nightingale Theatre, Brighton with support from Emma Gatrill + AK Patterson
8th April: Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate with S A R A S A R A + BABII
17-19th May: Alternative Great Escape, Brighton
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