Moodbay's Upcoming Releases 'Like Nobody Else' and 'I Got You'
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Like Nobody Else:
Anna Stephens, Moodbay’s singer and resident poet, was inspired to start writing ‘Like Nobody Else’ by seeing the beautiful figure of Venus. Yes, that’s right, a female! What a scandal. You can see the headlines: ‘Lead singer admits to being bi-curious’. Maybe. Except that Anna says what she saw was a beautiful human essence, rather than anything so material as flesh and blood.
Everyone’s seen the Botticelli painting in question… a windswept Venus emerges from the sea, standing in a huge shell. It’s a classic image, reproduced millions of times. From that meme, Anna and her partner Alfie have developed a cracking pop tune, with an unforgettable chorus and driving, 8Os influenced synth lines.
The final result is a dreamlike summer sound that defies definition. Just hints of the initial inspiration remain in some of the lines: ‘Here on the sand’, ‘I could frame you and admire all your imperfections’, ‘I’m at the water’s edge’.
It was a BBC radio producer who picked up on ‘Like Nobody Else’, and felt it had daytime radio potential. After its release on July 24th, that potential may well be realised and Moodbay will have taken another important step on their journey
Will the world ever get its fill of classic house piano? Judging by initial reactions to the new Moodbay dance release ‘I Got You’, the answer is a resounding ‘No!’. Which can only mean a massive ‘Yes!’ for this hypnotic stomper of a track.
Electro-pop duo Moodbay have built their growing reputation on finely crafted productions by Alfie Cattell, such as ‘Ghost’ and ‘Alone’, with scandalously cutting edge sounds and intricate lyrics by vocalist Anna Stephens, his partner in crime.
For their killer new release ‘I Got You’, Anna and Alfie let their hair down and reach back to the ‘Dark House’ dance mix of their first release, ‘Listen Up’, which gave them an official Music Week UK Top 10 club hit last year.
The riffs are infectious, the verse vocal is as sharp as broken glass, while the lyrics of ‘I Got You’ are probably the most straightforward, and compared to some Moodbay songs, the most positive about a relationship, they have written:
‘I got you, I got you, I don’t need no more!’
Yep, summer’s coming and Moodbay have the stuff you need, coming on the 10th July.
Moodbay's unusual shade of electropop incorporates a range of genres from R&B to Classical - the duo describe their sound as ‘moodpop’. Moodbay are producer-songwriter Alfie Cattell from Denbigh in Wales and vocalist-songwriter Anna Stephens who hails from the Darlington area. They got together in 2017, after meeting in the corridor of BIMM music school in Manchester.
Moodbay’s first single ‘Listen Up’ was called a ‘startling debut’ by legendary BBC DJ Janice Long. It won the Amazing Radio listener poll and was a Top Ten hit in the national UK Music Week club chart in summer 2019. Their second Online Records release ‘Alone’ was premiered by North East music magazine NARC Online and championed by Bob Fisher of BBC Music Introducing Tees and Nick Roberts of BBC Music Introducing North East. 'Ghost' has received play from Janice Long and BBC's Alex Lester, plus 68 regional stations. On Spotify, Moodbay have been featured on over 1000 playlists with 101K listeners in 76 countries - all this in under a year.
The electropop duo are beginning to make waves across the North East live music scene. They recently performed at two Metro Radio events - headlining at Saltwell Park Fireworks in Gateshead (with an audience of 25,000) and playing at the Newcastle Christmas Lights 2019 alongside Sam Fender (to an audience of 10,000). SSD Concerts have started to book Moodbay slots for touring artists in Newcastle - including the indie band Plastic Mermaids and electro-pop outfit Deco.
Before Manchester, Anna moved from her home in Darlington to Paris, where she worked at a magazine house. She spent most of her time scribbling down poetry at her office desk and staying out late. While completing her French studies in Oxford, she started to put her words to piano.
Alfie also started out on piano, and it remains his favourite instrument. He is a self-taught musician, who grew up in North Wales, recreating Zelda tunes on a dusty Yamaha keyboard, in between blue WKD’s and listening to Radiohead. He has honed his studio skills in Moodbay and now produces the edgy sounds that drive Anna’s vocals along.
Sounds like: Chvrches, Purity Ring
Influences: Radiohead, Gorillaz, David Bowie, Little Dragon, The Weeknd, Portishead, Massive Attack, Christine and the Queens, Lorde, James Blake
Source Decent Music PR Limited
July 4, 2020 7:04am ET by Decent Music PR Limited