Every now and then someone very special lands in front of our eyes and ears, and blows our tiny agent minds. And this is the case with Brighton-based singer and producer, Evadney, our most-recent signing, who’ll release his debut EP, ‘Sold Love, Sold’ on Black Acre, 8th March 2019.
Consuming you in one swoop, across the 3 track EP of poetic electronic-pop odyssey’s Evadney captures his own outsider experience. Throughout ‘Sold Love, Sold’ his distinct and melancholic voice acts as the guiding force, weaving between driving electronic elements, subdued rhythms and almost beatless moody textures.
The politics of sexuality, identity and Evadney’s intersectionality are played out across this cinematic piece of work. He claims “I couldn’t find an open reference for the black gay male when I was growing up. As it became my experience it also became my struggle.” On ‘I Think Of Being In Love’, Evadney’s vivid storytelling flows effortlessly throughout, as he sings about believing in love enough to find it and explore it. ‘Who’ll Raise You?’ acts as an exaggerated version of love, with its possessive flavours of infatuation, obsession and lust. Whilst ‘Jamaica’ is about navigating the sea of grief that followed his grandmother and aunt both passing away.
Growing up in the UK in a big Caribbean family, Evadney’s sound has been shaped by a variety of different sounds, from hearing old school soca and calypso tunes at family parties, to his love of bold artists like Bjork, Kate Bush and Grace Jones, and later studying the likes of John Cale, Stockhausen and Musique concrète during his MA in Music Composition at Goldsmiths University. “My mum is from Jamaica and my dad is from Barbados so island life is in me. Being at the sea triggers a lot.” Now splitting his time in Brighton between making music, working part time at a charity organisation and DJ’ing at the weekends, his debut EP looks set to solidify Evadney as a bold new voice on the UK music scene, bringing with him a new world of melancholy, narrative-driven pop.
- I Think Of Being In Love
- Who’ll Raise You?