‘Absolutely gorgeous stuff…one to really get excited about’
Lauren Laverne, BBC 6Music
 
‘..so gifted, possessing a fine ear for a tune and a real knack for storytelling..stunning’. 8/10 – UNCUT

London-based folk musician Ned Roberts releases new single Wrong Side Of You, the first track to be released from his eagerly awaited new album Dream Sweetheart due for release in the new year on Aveline Records.

 

Ned’s music, which has drawn comparisons to the likes of Tim Hardin, Nick Drake and Leonard Cohen, has a timeless quality and a poetic turn of phrase. His songs sit comfortably amongst the classics of the Laurel Canyon era.
 
The genesis of single Wrong Side Of You began on the road in Germany. “It’s about travelling to escape – yet your mind is still inexorably drawn back home” says Ned. “The song sat around for quite a while, and it was only after a breakup that its meaning began to crystallise. It’s strange how your relation to your own songs can change significantly and mould to a new set of circumstances and feelings. There’s a yearning for the West Coast in there too. It’s where I always record, the sun always shines, and I feel creatively alive”.

 

Ned’s music, which has drawn comparisons to the likes of Tim Hardin, Nick Drake and Leonard Cohen, has a timeless quality and a poetic turn of phrase. His songs sit comfortably amongst the classics of the Laurel Canyon era.

DREAM SWEETHEART is Ned Roberts third album, and his third with producer Luther Russell (Richmond Fontaine, Fabiano do Nascimento, Sarabeth Tucek), recorded in Los Angeles in Electrosound Studios. His eponymous debut was predominantly a solo affair and garnered significant national press, including rave reviews in UNCUT and The Guardian. The second,

Outside My Mind, added an Americana expanse to the folk foundations of his debut, cutting live to tape to create a warm, spacious sound. It was released in 2017 on Aveline Records (Ani Difranco, Ruth Theodore, Benjamin Folke Thomas)m to wide acclaim and gained support at BBC 6Music, BBC Radio Scotland and the Independent to name a few.

 

DREAM SWEETHEART builds further on this creative dynamic. With ten days in the studio, and working from simple acoustic demos, the ethos of the record was one of invention and spontaneity. The copper pan loops on Slower than the Sea, the train/rain soundtrack to Stay A Little Longer, the late-night recording of cicadas that accompanies Miles Between – these are just a sample of the soundscapes that resulted from staying open and alive to the possibilities each song suggested, whilst keeping Ned’s voice front and centre.

Ned has toured widely around the UK and attained a much sought after support tour with celebrated US songwriter Anais Mitchell and has also supported the likes of Joe Pug, Micah P. Hinson, The Delines, Sam Morrow, and The Stray Birds. He has toured the West Coast of the US and recently embarked on a ten date tour of Germany, as well as gigs in France, Spain and Italy.

NED ROBERTS UK TOUR DATES:

December

20th – Cafe #9 w/ The Goat Ropers

February

4th – ALBUM LAUNCH @ Slaughtered Lamb, London

March

12th – Hyde tavern, Winchester https://www.wegottickets.com/event/486581

14th – Hatch house concerts, Devon 21st – The Drawing Room, Chesham http://the-drawingroom.co.uk/contact-where-to-find-us/

22nd – Temperance, Leamington Spa https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/live-music-ned-roberts-tickets-79731233265

26th – The Folkroom by Sea, The Village Cafe, Brighton 27th – Roman Lakes, Stockport

28th – Cafe #9, Sheffield

April

3rd – The Harrison, London

 

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