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Evolution Emerging 2018 Conference: Sarah Howells

Welsh Londoner Sarah Howells has been in the music industry for over ten years, making music with several projects including the duo Paper Aeroplanes, featuring on dance records and since 2016 forging a successful solo project named Bryde.

Releasing Bryde’s music and that of other acts on her record label Seahorse Music, Sarah is putting into practice those years of experience. Armed with an electric guitar and swaying from vulnerable to uncompromising within one verse and chorus, Bryde’s music is honest and furiously authentic. Fascinated with human psychology and inner workings of relationships Bryde’s songs still hold close a defiant and life-affirming quality.

Described as being about “entangling and unravelling” it moves from tender and delicate, to tough and unforgiving, drawing reviews that reflect this. Bryde established her ethereal indie-rock sound early on, working with producers such as Jolyon Thomas ( Royal Blood) and Bill Ryder-Jones (Hooton Tennis Club, Saint Saviour) Early radio support has reflected this coming from the likes of Huw Stephens on Radio 1, 6 Music, playlists on BBC Radio Wales and Amazing Radio and supported by Maz Tappuni on Radio X. 2016 was a whirlwind year on the live circuit for Bryde: opening for Rufus Wainwright, well-received sets at Dot to Dot, Green Man and Swn, two sold-out London headliners, debut shows in New York and Los Angeles and UK headline tours. 2017 reached new heights with packed shows at Live at Leeds and The Great Escape, sold out shows and her first shows in Europe.

Now in 2018 the debut album Like an Island mixed by Catherine J Marks (Big Moon, The Amazons) has been released to a host of glowing reviews, citing comparisons to Radiohead, The xx, Warpaint and Jeff Buckley. The album reached No. 38 in the Official Indie Chart. Accompanied by another sold-out London show (this time at O’Meara) and a 35 headline tour of Europe followed by a long list of summer festivals and support shows with Joy Formidable, Bryde is on a roll and
appears to have no intention of slowing down.

“Feral Guitar, Torn-from-the-chest lyrics…sensational” – Sunday Times Culture

Hear from Sarah, as well as over 25 other industry guests and internationally acclaimed speakers, at the Evolution Emerging Conference on Wednesday 6th June 2018.

Register for your FREE day pass here

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