Bliss in Everyday Normality, Quiet Snow, let nothing taint you.

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My dear friend, London-based Japanese-British singer songwriter Eiks has released an amazing and beautiful debut EP, Morsel of Love, which once encountered, like a python’s grip, refuses to release your attention. Against a rich tapestry of intricate acoustic guitars, haunting layered vocals, piano, and precise string arrangements, Eiks meticulously observes and imagines the hopes, longs and dreams of her fellow urban dwellers.

Her style is deceptively naïve; stories that at first seem merely simplistic observations of her fellow urban citizens, but whose stories and inner passions reveal themselves through the accomplished writing of Eiks’ imaginations into their lives. The Chase seemingly charts a city worker’s daily morning commute, yet Eiks’ confidence in her writing, and the complex vista she paints in our minds, demands we ask where his fate and guarded inner demons will eventually take him. Eiks often writes in the third person, as if to discourage the listener to associate her own feelings to the characters she creates; Eiks often presents us with a situation, a choice, but it is up to us to decide what will happen. Remember You is an exception in this collection of five songs, being the most openly autobiographically emotionally charged; a bittersweet lament, primed and ready to explode yet always keeping its outward composure – simmering like the pot of stew in Quiet Snow. Still waters run deep.

Eiks has an original songwriting voice, and an eye fixed on her immediate surroundings; the daily grind, the slivers of nature in the urban environment. Repeat listens are rewarded as new layers of each song reveal themselves, and the complex arrangements slowly bloom like spring flowers, or the urbanites that are so prevalent in her writing; each finding their own unique space within the structure of the song.

This is an accomplished and confident debut from start to finish, and a haunting bittersweet listen.

Morsel of Love is available now from Bandcamp and iTunes.
Eiks plays The Betsey Trotwood in London on Friday March 8th. Find out more at www.eiks.co.uk.

It All Falls Apart Storyboard

Here’s the storyboard I drew and used while making Piefinger’s It All Falls Apart music video. On the main day of shooting we ran out of time to do everything (for example we jettisoned the idea of Uke Girl getting rained on at the start, which you can see on page 3) but by and large you can see we shot the video as it was originally scripted.

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It All Falls Apart – My New Music Video For Piefinger

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Piefinger are a folk band from North London. They made a real cracker of an album last year called A Countryman’s Favour, and approached me to make a video for the song It All Falls Apart. I went away and came back with this idea, and they were really up for it and trusting throughout the whole process… it turns out they’re great actors in addition to being great musicians and songwriters.

The Virtually Acoustic Club

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The Virtually Acoustic Club

The Virtually Acoustic Club, run as ever by David Sherwood, met on Monday 17th December for a Christmas Special at 100 Crows Rising in Chapel Market, North London. At the end of the night we gathered for a photo for our VACer in exile, Teppei Tanino.

Sat 15th December Stage Door Preview Playlist

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Videos from all the great music coming to The Stage Door in Wateloo next Saturday; Silver Sam, The Lancashire Hustlers (formerly The BDI’s) and Rob Thom).

Tales of the Unexpected

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The short-sighted bachelor’s lament, from the fantastically talented Silver Sam.

Sam will be performing on Saturday 15th December at The Stage Door in Waterloo with me and The Lancashire Hustlers. Music starts at 8PM.