SR24 FIRST SIGNING
After months of setting up the label SR24 made our first signing, StevieRay Latham & The Nomads Of Industrial Suburbia.
StevieRay Latham's poetic songs merge his passions for lo-fi folk and fine art, andcontort themselves into beautiful and intimate melodies.His ever-evolving folk infused rock pays homage to off-kilter innovators such asKurtVile, WilcoandSparklehorsebut his influences can be traced back further, toNeilYoung, The Beatlesand beyond. Never caught standing still, since debuting at the BBCFolk Awards he's played large festivals, toured like a minstrel through Europe andworked on sound art projects in China. These experiences inform a back catalogue thatranges from Lo-fi Folk to Psychedelic Rock and Ambient Soundscapes.His latest EP,StevieRay Latham & The Nomads of Industrial Suburbiais theinaugural release onSR24 Recordsand it represents a shift towards a different way ofthinking. Teaming up with a group of collaborators at Saunton Road Studios in hiscoastal hometown in North Devon, theNOIS EPrepresents StevieRay's first experienceof recording in a professional studio setting. The move away from the intimacy of home-studios in favour of a larger space was influenced by his desire for a bigger sound.Skilfully guided by established producerMark Aubrey, spacious drums, overdrivenguitars, ambient synths and layers of field-recordings are built up around poetic songs,breathing a visceral urgency into vivid, lyrical songwriting.OnEverything Changes, Latham muses on the passing of time as the song grows to an,almost Shoe-gaze, crescendo from the sparse motif of the instrumental album openerLa Forêt.Thiefeffortlessly drifts from Desert to Swamp Blues around a driving riff whilstMadelineserves as a reminder of Latham's passion for songwriting at it's purest form.The EP closes with the pounding IDon't Mind, whose existentially dark lyrics are afamiliar theme throughout a broad body of work