While Nick Mulvey may have only just released his debut EP as a solo artist, he is certainly no novice in the musical world. As one of the founding members of Portico Quartet, he has played sold-out gigs all over the world, and was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize for the band’s debut album.
He spent his teenage years learning to play guitar in Cuba and Southern Spain, brought up on a diet of Congolese and Malian music. Mix this with his love for Paul Simon, and the result is a dreamy, yet upbeat folk sound; full of exotic, ethnic accents. He has unveiled the video for the EP’s title track ‘Fever to the Form’, which is out now through Communion Records, and has already enjoyed significant airplay from Radio 1 and 6Music.
Largely just Nick and his guitar, the track is stripped-back and simple, not relying on huge production effects to thicken it up. And despite the complex guitar lines, it’s relaxed and informal; more like a friend playing a song to you than a studio-produced track. This summer he’ll be hitting a whole host of festivals including Glastonbury, Latitude, and the Cambridge Folk Festival. And this is where his music belongs. Open to the elements, and carried on the wind.
Far more palatable than his more experimental work with Portico Quartet, this is music to fall in love with, and to fall in love to. Nick’s voice hits just the right mix of folk honey and indie roughness to catch the heart. This is going to be a tough EP to ignore, and in a crowded market this is just what fans are desperate for – something that makes them just a little bit breathless.
‘Fever to the Form’ is collected on the EP of the same name with three other tracks, varied and diverse; an eclectic introduction to just what this man can do. It’s somewhat hypnotic in its heady mix of classic folk with exotic accompaniment; like lying in a sunny British field dreaming of far-off places.