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Captivating new London (via Pembrokeshire) solo-artist Bryde is now two EPs into her career, having released the stunning, Bill Ryder-Jones produced “EP2” in November 2016.
Featuring the amped-up singles “Honey” and “Wouldn’t That Make You Feel Good?”, the release received press coverage from the likes of Sunday Times Culture, Consequence Of Sound, The Line Of Best Fit and CLASH, and airtime on BBC Radio 1, 2 and 6. Alongside “EP1” and the formative “Chocolate Factory Sessions”, it has cemented Bryde’s position at top table of new electric guitar-wielding, lyrically-biting female artists alongside the likes of Angel Olsen, Mitski and St. Vincent.
2016 was a very busy year on the live circuit for Bryde: highlights include opening for Rufus Wainwright at Brighton Dome, well-received festival sets at Dot To Dot, Green Man and Swn, two sold-out London headline gigs (The Slaughtered Lamb and The Courtyard Theatre), her debut US dates in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles and her maiden UK headline tour in November.
With more new music and some European dates in the pipeline for early 2017, the year ahead is set to be as fast-paced as the last.
“Her vocals are to singing what Cailtin Moran is to wording, ‘ballsy’ “ - Fresh Net.
“The song is a showcase of Bryde’s impressive vocal range, although her most exceptional vocal quality lies in her ashy timbre and seemingly uncalculated vibratos. It’s these perfect blemishes that imbue her music with a certain convincing vulnerability not normally present in singles from the usual pop titans.” - Earmilk
“A female soloist gathering a lot of interest …. helping her stand-out amongst a great tide of very good female artists such a Lapsley.”
-Never Enough Notes.
Single of the week - “[Help Yourself] glides, soaring skyward through its powerful and emotive choruses, headstrong. It’s clearly cathartic, but not just aimless and explosive, it is instead guided and direct with a complete conviction in itself. A strong but raw vocal performance only enhances the earnest lyrical sentiment.” - Cultured Vultures.
“There is so much beauty in Sarah’s voice: the huskiness of Gemma Hayes, lightness of Laura Marling and sensitivity of Jeff Buckley — beauty that is hard to define, which is a big compliment.” - Fresh on the Net
"Surely you’ve left some room on your year-end, best-of lists, because “Wait”, the electrifying new single from Brixton-based singer and songwrit-er Bryde, will require a spot in its upper reaches. “ - The Autumn Roses
Bryde is Pembrokeshire-born, Brixton-based Sarah Howells and an electric guitar, singing fierce and fragile songs about entangling and unravelling. Earning comparisons to Sharon Van Etten, PJ Harvey and Jeff Buckley, her powerful vocals, sharp, evocative lyricism and searing guitar tones have won plaudits from the likes of NYLON, The 405 and The Line Of Best Fit.
"Wait" and "Help Yourself" from her debut EP were lauded by blogs and supported by Huw Stephens at Radio 1, BBC Introducing in Wales and London, Tom Robinson and Chris Hawkins at Radio 6, Goldierocks on Selector Radio and Maz Tappuni at Radio X.
Summer 2016 saw Bryde perform at a number of UK festivals, including Green Man, Dot to Dot and How The Light Gets In, as well as embark on a whistle-stop tour of the US, taking in New York, Nashville and LA.
Whilst in LA she recorded a song for EP2 with Rufus Wainwright's producer Chris Sorem. She then completed the EP recording three songs with Bill Ryder-Jones at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool. Its two singles, 'Honey', and Wouldn't That Make You Feel Good? have already seen radio support from BBC 6music, BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio, on top of several key Spotify playlists.
"Bryde's first offering is a tender, wiry piece of tearjerk folk-pop. The swirling, swollen textures and rippling electric guitars bear resemblance to Daughter or HAWK" - The Line Of Best Fit
"..atmosphere builds, and twinkling teardrops of light appear – an electronic sound that somehow feels totally organic. If this is Bryde’s early work, there’s plenty to look forward to". - The Most Radicalist
"We’ve witnessed the emergence of some great singer-songwriters over the year, but the best may have been indeed saved for last with the arrival of Brixton native Bryde. Her debut single, “Wait”, is – in a word – remarkable. " The Revue.ca
"Surely you’ve left some room on your year-end, best-of lists, because “Wait”, the electrifying new single from Brixton-based singer and songwriter Bryde, will require a spot in its upper reaches. “ - The Autumn Roses