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welcome to Edgar Allan Poets indie music corner. A space dedicated to the best new artists and bands we find around the web. Today’s feature artist is Andy Smythe and his single Prodigal Son.
Prodigal Son is Andy Smythe’s Single Out Now
We are faced with an artist with a great compositional experience behind him.
From the first notes you appreciate the refined melodic line accompanied by the strings that create a fascinating aura around this song.
The musical arrangements land on the melody like the first snow on a meadow.
Prodigal Son is a tune that makes you think of great English songwriters like Paul McCartney. The attention to every single detail is obsessive and the chord progression manages to entertain the listener from the first to the last second.
The production is fantastic and the vocal interpretation has vintage overtones that add an intriguing touch to the sound.
This artist has a solid vision and his musical experience has allowed him to focus on the essentials to compose his songs.
All the superfluous is removed to leave room for only the real emotions.
An artist to keep under the radar as he composes quality songs.
Prodigal Son is Andy Smythe’s Single Out Now!
Andy Smythe is a British singer/songwriter who has been active on the London folk scene since the ‘90s. London, however, isn’t Smythe’s hometown; he is originally from Shropshire, England. But London is where Smythe developed a small but enthusiastic following. Known for his reflective, contemplative lyrics, Smythe has a variety of influences — some British, some American, some neither British nor American. In the British media, Smythe has often been compared to the late Nick Drake, and other valid comparisons have included Donovan, Tim Buckley, and Van Morrison (who is neither British nor American but rather, Irish). Smythe has cited Bob Dylan as an inspiration, and in fact, there are echoes of the seminal Dylan in some of Smythe’s lyrics (although Dylan has a rougher, harder, grittier vocal style, while Smythe’s expressive singing tends to be on the gentle side). At times, Smythe incorporates Celtic elements, which explains why he has enjoyed some favorable coverage in the Irish media.
Since emerging in the ‘90s, Smythe has performed in a variety of settings. Like a lot of his fellow singer/songwriters and folk-rockers, the Shropshire native has had his share of unaccompanied solo gigs (which found him playing either acoustic guitar or electric keyboards). Other times, he has performed with full bands or in duets with London-based violinist David Camrass. Smythe’s recording career began in the late ‘90s; his self-titled debut EP was released in 1999 and was followed by his first full-length album, Changing Seasons, in 2000 (when the album came out in Great Britain on Dreaming Element Records). In 2003, Dreaming Element released Smythe’s second full-length album, Love Unspoken. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi