With two magnificent albums under her belt, the incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist and composer Poppy Ackroyd is ready to dazzle us again with a third full-length album arriving this Autumn. Preceding the album, Poppy has just released Sketches, a stunning mini-album featuring solo piano arrangements of some of her favourite tracks from previous records as well as from four new tracks off the upcoming album. Here’s what Poppy said about the recording of Sketches:
“I have loved creating this solo piano album. There are normally all these layers that I use to create a world of sound, that I love to build and sculpt, but there is something really special about communicating simply through the instrument alone. With other layers there is always something to hide behind, with only the piano you can just focus on your technique and expression, everything feels very audible and exposed and that is very exciting, especially in a live context.”
The beautiful and compelling ‘Time’ is one of the new tracks reworked into acoustic solo piano arrangements. Wrap your ears around it now.
We fell for Poppy Ackroyd when she first released her utterly wonderful debut album Escapement in 2012 and we have never let go of our love for her music. The incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist and composer is now set to release a new mini-album, entitled Sketches. Poppy picked a few of her favourite tracks from previous records and reworked them into acoustic solo piano arrangements. Slated for a July 14th release through One Little Indian, the record also features four unreleased tracks.
‘Feathers’, the title track from her outstanding 2014 album which was one of our 15 Picks of the Year, is one of the tracks she reworked and it’s immensely beautiful. Take a listen now.
Poppy Ackroyd‘s beguiling new album, Feathers, grabbed me on first listen and continues to draw me in every single time. This is why we recently picked Feathers as one of our 15 Favourite Albums of the Year.
‘Roads’ was the first sublime single to be unveiled from the album back in October. Now Poppy is sharing another tremendous track off the album, ‘Salt’. Listen to it below and grab the album from Denovali.
We’re excitingly close to the release of Poppy Ackroyd‘s new album. Entitled Feathers, the effort follows her magnificent 2012 debut Escapement and it drops on November 14th via Denovali. In support of the new album, Poppy has announced a string of live dates in the UK and Europe kicking off on November 19th in Opwijk, Belgium and closing gloriously on December 20th at Cafe Oto in London as part of a tremendous bill also featuring Carlos Cipa and Piano Interrupted. Head over here to check all the dates and more info.
Ahead of the album release, the imaginative and talented composer and musician is enticing us with a sublime track off it, ‘Roads’. Enjoy.
When we first posted about the imaginative and enchantingly talented British composer and musician Poppy Ackroyd, we never dreamt she would one day get involved with our monthly mixtape. Since then, she released an outstanding debut album, Escapement, where she explores and experiments with the piano and the violin, mirroring her intricate relationship with the two instruments. Also, our dream came true and this month she picked and mixed seventeen stunning tracks, for your ears to indulge on.