Alex Michael to debut emotive new single
“I know with absolute certainty he will be in the charts one day” Cuckoo Review
“An exceptional talent” Dermot O’Leary / Radio 2
After finding success with earlier releases under a previous guise, which included airplay on Dermot O’Leary’s BBC Radio 2 show, local BBC Introducing support, an Amazing Radio session and selling out top Newcastle venue The Cluny, Durham County born singersongwriter Alex Michael releases his debut single Another Love.
With its fresh and clean studio production, reminiscent of 80s artists like Tears For Fears and John Waite, yet standing strong amidst contemporary talents like James Bay and Villagers, Another Love is a record that shows Alex Michael to be a songwriter for our time, brimming with talent and with a bright future ahead of him.
Recorded at East London’s Buffalo Studios complex by production maestro JB
Pilon, who’s worked at a whole host of UK studios, including the legendary Micky Most studio RAK and The Kinks’ studio Konk, JB creates a full and rounded sound on Another Love that encompasses chorused guitars, a floor hugging beat and tasteful keyboard arrangements.
With Michael’s soft and appealing vocal performance, Another Love expresses a
vulnerability that explores the quest for fulfilment, whether through personal
relationships, work or other means. The song’s burning question ‘why’d you need another love?’ is asked at a time of momentary loneliness for the artist (or listener), laying bare the jealousy in a loved one seeking gratification elsewhere.
Michael says of the release: “Another Love is written about an aching distance between the things we love to do and the people we love to be with. At its core, the record is about a human display of hedonistic behaviour, in which we continuously pursue new pleasures and experiences endlessly hoping to find fulfilment”.
With a favourite lyricist in Adam Duritz of Counting Crows along with other world-class wordsmiths like Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontange and Carole King, Alex Michael has taken his musical inspiration from artists like Bob Dylan, John Martyn, Ben Howard and Jordan Rakei through to bands like Bloc Party, Mr Jukes and The 1975. His music career kicked off in his hometown of Durham when he formed indie
band The Free Radical with close friends. After numerous bass players, two broken vans and University commitments the band parted ways. A solo EP release under a different guise followed, before taking a step back to consider his place in the world of music.
This year sees Alex Michael emerge from the shadows in fine form with a debut release of quality and distinction – “why’d you need another love?”
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