Monday, June 1, 2015

Wyles & Simpson: Stormy Skies + Light And Dark

Self-taught vocalist Abigail Wyles and classically trained musician Holly Simpson make up London based duo Wyles & Simpson. In March they dropped their outstanding self-titled debut full-length and have so far published two excellent videos to go with the sublime tracks "Stormy Skies" and "Light and Dark". (Note: video # 3 is a live version of "Stormy Skies")

Wyles's voice calls to mind fellow British singer Rachel Foster's greatly missed work with Andy Cato of Groove Armada when the two briefly collaborated under the name Weekend Players, sadly releasing only one album in 2001, the much lauded 'The Pursuit of Happiness'.

Stellar live versions of the stunning soundscapes created and co-produced by Wyles & Simpson can be heard at several festivals this summer. First up is a performance Friday June 12 at the Meadows in the Mountains Festival in Bulgaria, held for three days since 2011 in the vicinity of the village Polkovnik Serafimovo in the Rhodope Mountains, not far from the Greek border.  They will also be appearing at the Glastonbury Festival June 25.