TUNE Abi Wade - Hawk In Your Side
“Brilliant” – The 405
“Stark glitchy electronics juxtaposed with warming acoustic cello and violin, and semi pop vocals.” – God Is In The TV
Using cello, vocals, orchestral arrangements, choral ensembles, location samples, synths and piano Abi Wade explores human nature through real and abstracted personas on her debut album ‘Beautifully Astray’, released earlier this year.
New single “Hawk In Your Side” is a rousing figurehead of this moving and impassioned debut. Its pulsating rhythms combine with dulcet yet melancholy vocals to sharpen the foreboding edge to this track with nods to the likes of Kate Bush shining through Wade’s contemplative and often sentimental songwriting. Along with the lead track, the digital release also features two bonus tracks: delicate and atmospheric stripped-back versions of “Hawk In Your Side” and previous single “Laws And Mankind”.
Abi wrote most of the tracks on the album on cello initially, in various locations of her old hometown of Brighton, from the living room of her seafront apartment to the dark belly of Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar. “The cello is so versatile, and I love to explore those many characteristics using various techniques both traditional and unique - it’s such an emotive instrument and has a very human tone”, she says.
From this starting point, Abi set out on a sonic exploration, getting field recordings in locations as diverse as a printworks, a tap dancing club and - following a chance meeting there - a fishing boat: “After the tap dancing class I was explaining to the gentlemen who ran it how I was trying to get onto a boat to record some sounds and by pure coincidence it turned out he was a fisherman, I did not expect a tap dancing fisherman! It was truly an amazing experience to go out first thing on to the water and share a moment of time with such an interesting character.”
Abi then worked with ‘the patron saints of print’ Eley Kishimoto to create the visuals for the album, matching the story of each print and pattern to the story of each song. Their patterns are featured on both the album and single artworks, and have been a source of inspiration throughout the project.
While developing as an artist, Abi Wade has toured the UK & Europe with Patrick Wolf, sold out her debut EP and released music on the label set up by Daniel Copeman of Esben & The Witch, as well as playing shows with the likes of CocoRosie, Poliça, Michael Kiwanuka, Other Lives, Deptford Goth and festivals such as End of The Road, The Great Escape and Wilderness.
‘Beautifully Astray’ was recorded with support from Help Musicians’ Emerging Excellence award, and the release with support from PRS for Music Foundation’s Women Make Music.