NEWS: Mary Epworth Announces Album And Reveals GRUM Remix

Mary Epworth has been around music as long as she can remember. Whether joining her father as a young child to take part in Gypsy music workshops; a figurative experience which resonates to this day with the concept of ‘duende’ running through her approach to composition, sharing her elder brother’s heavy metal phase as a young teenager; favourite bands Saxon and Queensryche, or finding her true love in 60’s West Coast psychedelia, the 70’s Beach Boys and traditional English song, Mary Epworth has always been destined for a life in music.

Her debut album, ‘Dream Life’, is fast becoming one of the most talked about underground releases of the year. As the single, ‘Black Doe’ took up root on 6 Music, Radio One and Radio Two and early reviews of the album from the likes of Shindig (‘Mary’s timeless songs and pure but resolute voice somehow sound as though they have been there all the time’) and Record Collector (‘a work of bracing originality and immense subtlety’) earmarked Mary as a name to watch for 2012, MOJO recently added their approval characterising ‘Dream Life’ as ‘a warm, yearning love letter’ in a MOJO Rising feature suggesting Mary for great things.

The album was recorded in the wilds of Norfolk in a barn in deep midwinter with Mary and producer Will Twynam snowed in for a fortnight and above a massage parlour in Berlin, again with snow heavy on the ground. As befits a record that harbours both dark corners and moments of blistering, beautiful light, the album was mixed in Los Angeles in blazing sunshine with Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart, Beechwood Sparks) and Gareth Jones (Depeche Mode, These New Puritans) at the desk.

Above all else, ‘Dream Life’ is a testament to the power of music as befits an artist and producer who also run the Hand Of Glory label, reissuing lost psych classics. Its creation is based on a shrewd Ebay deal for an autoharp (buying price £26, selling price £1500), the sale of a beloved and ultra rare Shellac record and film extras work, each step in the process delivering that little bit more cash to progress the record towards its finish line.

‘Dream Life’ is released on CD, LP and digital download on 18th June though Hand Of Glory / ADA

The single, ‘Long Gone’, is released on June 11th as a digital download.


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