Monday 22 February 2010
#musicmonday: Alan Pownall
If you want some new music with a touching but not sentimental melody and interesting lyrics that are mood enhancing, without being overly sickly or only looking at the bright side of life, my recommendation would be Alan Pownall. On top of his music being at once timeless and very now he has a really distinctive voice- and yes there is an edge of a David Bowie sound in that voice sometimes- so perhaps the girl who told him he was like David Bowie was onto something.
Alan has been a one to watch for a while now and has been highlighted by The Times and Radio 1 amongst others but if you haven't come across his songs yet do give them a try on his myspace where you can download a couple for free at the moment.
He has also recently started getting out on the road with a band. If you have seen Alan playing acoustically, quietly, but beautifully standing almost completely still, you are very lucky- but seeing him with the full band at the Hoxton bar and kitchen a couple of weeks ago was fantastic too and felt like someone starting on a new journey, which made me smile. I think there is a lot more to come in much bigger halls so if you can catch him somewhere small now do.
Picture courtesy of the NME.