Gabrielle Aplin has seen the world, and she’s heard the world. The singer is about to embark on a UK tour ahead of the release of her latest album ‘Light Up the Dark’.
Eighteen months’ international touring, 63.5 million Spotify streams, 80 million YouTube views, 1.5 million sales of singles from her debut album ‘English Rain’, a UK Number One, two Australian Number Ones, proper fan mania in Japan, a gold-selling album in the UK, a BBC Introducing YouTube channel whose views trumps those of Ed Sheeran, George Ezra and Royal Blood, a signing by Storm model agency – all of that has fed, bled and rushed into her second album.
The result is a bigger, bolder, fresher and brilliantly louder singer-songwriter. ‘LIGHT UP THE DARK’ is a collection of songs, written and recorded in a producer-friend’s house in a corner of Stoke Newington, North East London. Both intimate and expansive, they bristle with energy, crackle with atmosphere and swagger with a Feist-meets-Cat Power brainy cool. These are songs with attitude and ideas, written from the head and the heart, bound for the soul.
Some of the songs on her debut album dated from the early teens of the country girl from Wiltshire. And, while she was a self-taught, self-made teenage artist who had founded her own label aged 15, and cultivated a huge social media following amongst her peers, she was still young.
She was approached to cover Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘The Power Of Love’ for John Lewis’s 2012 Christmas advertising campaign. Unlike, it seems, every other new (and established) artist in the country, Aplin hadn’t pursued the sync that is now – let’s be frank – one of the biggest exposure opportunities in the cultural calendar. She was just asked. The song hit Number One.
Early last year, finally back in her adopted home of London, Aplin went to the home studio of her friend Luke Potashnick, guitarist with blues rock band The Temperance Movement. They had co-written ‘November’ from ‘English Rain’, and she knew there was a creative spark and kinship there. She wanted to write with him, and have him produce her. And she gathered around her a selection of musician pals, including her boyfriend Alfie and his brother Harry, the siblings who comprise Irish rock/folk duo Hudson Taylor.
‘LIGHT UP THE DARK’ is the first taste of the album of the same name, and it instantly telegraphs Aplin’s fresh outlook and new working methods. ‘Skeleton’, slated to be a single, is another case in point. Energetic with synthesised brass stabs, pounding piano and Hudson Taylor’s violin player, Aplin and her circle of intimates “bashed it together” in an hour. ‘Sweet Nothing’, with its infectious syncopated beat and giddy rush of a vocal, is another startling, invigorating left turn.
10th September, 2015 – Robin Hill Country Park, Newport, UK
11th September, 2015 – Bestival, Isle of Wight, UK
27th September, 2015 – Oran Mor, Glasgow, UK
28th September, 2015 – Manchester The Deaf Institute, UK
30th September, 2015 – Village Underground, London, UK
1st October, 2015 – Thekla, Bristol, UK
2nd October, 2015 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
4th October, 2015 – Temple, The Institute, Birmingham, UK
5th October 2015 – Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, UK
Gabrielle Aplin was forced to postpone the Oct 5th show at Falmouth Pavilions due to illness, but this show has been rescheduled for Monday 07th December.
Tickets for the original date will remain valid. Please contact ticket vendor if you are unable to make the new date, a full refund will be issued.
A limited amount of extra tickets for the rescheduled date have also been released, please visit www.seetickets.com to purchase.
Aplin’s ‘Light Up the Dark’ album will be released on 18th September, 2015.