JANUARY 15, 2016
CLOSING EP PRE-ORDER:
FREE LAUNCH SHOW ON JANUARY 17, 2016 @
THE GLADSTONE, LONDON
“REALLY BEAUTIFUL STUFF” –LAUREN LAVERNE, BBC 6 MUSIC
Lost Map Records are delighted to introduce a new addition to the label roster in Johannesburg-based English singer-songwriter Victoria Hume. Her stunning EP Closing will be Lost Map’s first release of the new year, arriving on January 15, 2016 on limited-edition CD and as a digital download (available to pre-order now). The title track ‘Closing’ is available to stream and share now. Victoria will launch the EP with a free show at The Gladstone in London on Sunday, January 17.
Seven sparse, wintry songs of fluttering piano and strings, bright guitars and beautifully naturalistic vocals that will appeal to fans of artists from Sharon Van Etten to Joanna Newsom, Beth Orton and Kathryn Joseph, Closing found instant favour with Lost Map after it was passed to label founder and director Johnny Lynch via a mutual friend and collaborator in acclaimed singer-songwriter and producer Adem. Adem (Ilhan) had worked with Victoria on her 2013 projectDelirium, a cycle of songs themed around the complex hallucinations patients have been known to experience during hospital-based intensive care.
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Written as Victoria was preparing to leave London for Johannesburg – a time of “heightened emotion and misdirection and a lack of an anchor” as she puts it –Closing captures a life in flux, from the sombre ‘Sell Everything’ written about the liberating effect of ridding oneself of material possessions, to a graceful meditation on loneliness in ‘Something Soft’, and the delicately rousing ‘Wild Wind’ with its sighing guitars and a stirring lyric about the necessity to take risks in life sometimes just to feel alive. The EP features a host of London and Johannesburg-based guest musicians, including sometimes Bat for Lashes and Phil Selway collaborator Quinta, South African songwriter and composer Chris Letcher (Hume’s husband), Andy Hamill (who has worked with Mercury Prize nominee Eska among many others), Josh Geffin, Christopher Reed and more.
Victoria Hume was born in Brighton, raised in Dorset, studied in Oxford and spent several years living and working in London before relocating to Johannesburg in 2014. She self-released her debut album Limbs & Digits in 2009 and its follow-up Landing in 2012. The latter was championed by Lauren Laverne on BBC 6 Music, who hailed it as “really beautiful stuff.” Outside of music, Victoria works as an arts manager in health and medicine, and as a researcher. Her musical and professional lives came together with remarkable results in 2013’s Delirium, which was made with support from the PRS Women Make Music fund. Based on interviews with ICU patients and nurses, it saw Victoria invited to perform at events ranging from a psychiatry conference to the 2013 Green Man Festival in Wales.