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John Myrtle Releases Debut Album “Myrtle Soup” – Out Now via Sad Club Records

June 20, 2021
Artwork by Caio Wheelhouse

John Myrtle Releases Debut Album “Myrtle Soup”

Out Now via Sad Club

London-based John Myrtle releases his charming debut album Myrtle Soup, out now on indie label Sad Club Records (BUGS, Clara Mann, nudista). Homemade sounds to be enjoyed alongside ‘a nice calm sigh’, the debut album is a playful exploration of love and identity, packaged to soothe and delight.

Myrtle‘s distinct voice conveys such a riching range, the vocal notes embrace this emotive exploration harnessing the adventure of album opener “‘Get Her Off My Mind’‘- the perfect introduction to an artist that will move you and transport you into the center of their vintage vibes. You’ll be instantly drawn to the impressive strength of this creation, a lasting effort. The opener, which clocks in just over 3 minutes, provides a reflective journey found in the honest lyrics. The raw words projected by a wordsmith that devours you, with influences that can compare relations between The Beatles, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Marc Bolan to Willy MasonJohn Myrtle recalls some 60’s/70’s rock singing icons and spins that comparison into their own direction. The tempo of this release ups the momentum and provides a track full of passion and verve. The honest lyrics command your attention throughout this acoustic jam which continuously injects melody into this no-holds-barred, modern rock ballad.

Here I Go Again” follows and instantly captures that warming ambiance from the first track, that warmth reflected in the recording process and oozes throughout the entire record. A slower ensemble in terms of the harmonious journey, still packing a punch but allowing more intricate guitar passages to shine throughout the transitions. Backing melodies gently join John Myrtle‘s sublime vocal reach. The lyrics, once again personal and intimate and the vibe of this arrangement harnesses this summer-esque appeal, a nostalgic composition that will elevate the audience. The gentle fade-out immediately places the audience amongst the first few bars of the following single “Just Can’t Seem To Say Goodbye”. Another tender ensemble sweeps the audience on its course focussing on this swaying momentum and deeply raw words. The lyrical journey embraces this expressive inner realization and the emotion just bleeds throughout the atmosphere crafted and more importantly effortlessly emits from the singer.

Ballad Of The Rain” captures Myrtle amongst this slower tempo and reflective tone. One of the most alluring choruses capturing this total longing affection, a pensive pursuit filled with moody harmonies and addictive traits. Whereas “On The Hob“, a quick interlude pinpointing the mid-way mark of this impressive debut, showcases the experimental nature of this artist and welcomes a playful sample that mirrors the title track. As the sample of the bubble sound mirrors the song title, this whimsical touch casts John in this cheerful manner. Able to alter the direction of the album and place a gentle break amongst the expressive ensembles which flowed previously. A transition from the emotional and melancholic aura crafted on this essential journey.

Just like that, the audience is back in the firing range of the sublime “How Can You Tell If You Love Her?”. This remarkable vibrance is captured within Myrtle’s distinct tone and instantly emit from the first note played, seriously the warmth of this artist cascades throughout their ensemble and provides this ultimate hook. A quick-paced composition that delivers such an essential journey the playtime feels double in length as John covers expansive ground within their vision and the impact of their creations, sincere and long-lasting. John Myrtle is the artist of our time, “How Can You Tell If You Love Her?” allows John to pen honest rhetorical lyrics that in turn become the addictive trait to this reflective journey. John’s raspy yet fervent vocal harmonies surge amongst the bright tempo and the intimate atmosphere crafted. The instrumentation alludes to this charming psych-tinged guitar sound and this infectious woozy beat. The darker lyrics ultimately cease to the upbeat air as this artist creates soulful music which will lift their listeners.

“Spider on The Wall” delivers lo-fi energy and a pop-inspired hit. The character of the artist mimics that of a 70’s icon (David Bowie for instance). The instrumentation effortlessly glides with such complex harmonies the pattern alludes to something so enlightening. Elsewhere on the album penultimate track “Remember Holly Park” directs this melancholic and vivid affection. John nurtures the audience to find catharsis within the raw tone that embellishes the moving influence on this emotive release.

The entire album captures such a compelling depth to John’s innovative outlook. Myrtle has this flawless skill to connect to the listener and for onlookers to fall into the movement and cherish this artist. Throughout the record, John’s vocal tones bring a level of isolation to the mix, focusing on the flawless execution and captivated by each word joining the structure. This vibrant aura dynamically alters throughout this course yet still captures such endearment, the energy of this contemporary artist unites vintage with vehemence. John Myrtle is simply majestic and produces such meaningful creations.

I found myself making a lot of soup this past year, often just as something to keep me going when I was recording. In a way I wanted to soundtrack the euphoria of my soup coming to life on the hob and the flavours it brought to my world.”

Written during a period of pressure to be overly productive, Myrtle Soup too reflects the overwhelming anxiety that comes with this and soundtracks a way to relinquish this feeling. “A lot of these songs are about overthinking, whether it’s going over the same emotions again and again, questioning who you love, longing to return somewhere – I think cooking is very therapeutic and can focus your mind on just one thing, rather than allowing your mind to go on tangents. It also has a definitive beginning – cooking the food, and a definitive end – eating it. Lockdown meant things didn’t have a beginning or end, especially being creative. Having all the time in the world meant it was hard to get anything actually finished, it felt like there was no end in sight and I could just stay on an idea forever and ever.”

“I wanted to name the album something that would reflect my whole writing and recording process. Over the past year, writing and recording from home was amplified even more – just doing everything at home was the only thing you could do. Before I would write and record, then leave my house and go have fun. It was obviously quite a distressing time for everyone, and so I wanted a name that was homely but also soothing and reassuring.” 

“What’s more soothing and reassuring than a homemade bowl of soup!? I want people to play this record and enjoy my homemade sounds with a nice calm sigh!”

The 10 track album is out now via Sad Club Records

https://johnmyrtle.bandcamp.com/album/myrtle-soup

https://www.facebook.com/johnmyrtlemusic/

https://www.facebook.com/sadclubrecords

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