Clothes, Friends, Photos EP

A 6 track indie pop ep (19m 32s) — released March 21st 2011 on Tape Club Records

Peter and Kerry will release their beautiful EP, 'Clothes, Friends, Photos', on March 21st (Tape Club Records). It is the debut output from two bright new talents; solo artists in their own right, whose chance meeting and collaborative instincts led to them penning a collection of their own original songs. It is a story, but not in the usual sense, of Boy Meets Girl. Kerry Leatham is a Colchester-born singer and songwriter, managed by ATC's Kwame Kwaten: the man who discovered the vocal talent of Shola Ama on the Tube, and most recently unearthed a singer called Rumer after posting an open question on his Facebook page ('Who Is The Most Talented Person You Know?'). Despite this being her first physical release, Kerry's music has been featured in two British movies (4,3,2,1 and Kidulthood), as well as the US hit TV series, Grey's Anatomy. Kerry taught herself to play and wrote her first songs on a three-string guitar, developing an early love for the likes of Van Morrison, Erykah Badu and Ani DiFranco (perhaps her biggest influence). Having been signed up by ATC, and busy at work on her debut album, Leatham was discovered by Will Evans on Youtube: co-founder of a boutique London label, Tape Club Records, whose artists all write, record, produce and gig together (and, as the name suggests, often release their results on tape). Leatham consequently moved to London, balancing work on her solo efforts with other projects within the Tape Club collective. It was there that she was introduced to Peter Lyons, a burgeoning solo artist from Southampton, then jobbing as a writer/producer/arranger for a soundtrack company. In contrast to Kerry, Lyons' own creative output is based around electronic loops, samples, and a general sense of cut-and-paste pop: he has been producing music since the age of thirteen, and recently worked with Matthew Herbert on a film score. Yet despite their drastically different backgrounds and musical sounds, Peter and Kerry hit it off, and started writing material of their own. Sessions were swift, productive and written and recorded entirely by the pair across a few days in Peter's artfully dishevelled Southampton bedroom; the exact scene of which is captured on the EP's striking front cover. Tracks from 'Clothes, Friends, Photos' have already been featured on Jon Hillcock's New Noise and have been played by XFM's John Kennedy, with blogs such as LA's blahblahblahscience calling it 'simply gorgeous'. Kerry Leatham and Peter Lyons will announce plans for their own solo work shortly, whilst continuing to collaborate, together with their fellow Tape Club members, on other projects.
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