Malpas 'Under Her Sails'


‘Under Her Sails’ is the gorgeous debut single from Malpas, aka songwriter Ali Forbes and producer Andy Savours. Due for release on 27th April 2015 on Killing Moon Records, it melds honeyed vocals with a densely textured backdrop of acoustic electronica, handclaps, synths and dreamy soundscapes that enrapture from the first listen. Malpas released their much lauded debut EP ‘Promise’ in November 2013 which won them fans across key blogs such as The 405, The Line of Best Fit, Music Ninja and Indie Shuffle. “Promise’ quickly received over 50'000 listens on Soundcloud and lead track 'Charlemagne' was spun multiple times on BBC 6music, and Amazing Radio For Andy this is his first official venture out from behind the mixing desk, having previously made records with artists including The Horrors, Sigur Ros and My Bloody Valentine. The project began as an experiment. The starting point was a few raw and creaky folk demos Ali recorded in an attic in Kings Heath, Birmingham, using loops of layered acoustic instruments and listing, low-key vocal melodies. Then began an email chain that ultimately formulated the Malpas sound. This cut-and-paste approach continued, each of the pair chopping and sampling the others contributions and using the limitations of the method as inspiration. Soon it became apparent they had created something unique –a mixture of intimate folk songs and ambient electronica that is hard to categorise but emotionally specific. With a debut album ready to drop this summer and a string of live dates and festival appearances scheduled, 2015 is looking like an exciting year for Malpas.

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