Originally from Loire Atlantique in France, singer/songwriter Angéline is now based in London, the city in which she studied for her music degree. She describes her latest EP ‘Back to Pike Place’ as bold and raw, contrasting with the more traditional nature of her first EP ‘Home’, released in October 2014.
Writing the songs for ‘Back to Pike Place’, Angeline explored her ideas through the creation of demos with backing vocals and sounds made with whatever she could find in her room, tapping rhythms on her guitar or desk. Demos were sent to her collaborator Garry Cosgrove who arranged Angéline’s tracks, striving to keep her organic sound. This is the key reason why she considers the EP to be particularly interesting. “It was made at home using whatever we had around us. The purpose was not to be limited by money that I don’t have, finding a way of creating songs with whatever is around me.”
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Of the tracks on the EP, Angéline says “‘Aama’ is a very special song. I wrote it to pay tribute to Nepal using my Nepalese friend’s testimony. Knowing how much suffering the earthquake caused I decided to give away the song in return for donations via justgiving.com. All funds go to the D.E.C charity for Nepal.
Inspiration for the EP has also come from Cuba. Angéline wrote these songs after visiting Havana recently to pursue her passion for Salsa dancing. The influence of Cuban beats can be heard clearly in the percussion on each of the tracks, but she also recorded the sounds of the streets, doing the same in London on her return. Those sounds link eack of the EP’s tracks, taking the listener on a journey and highlighting the huge differences between her two favourite cities.
EP Launch party: 13th September – The Floripa, 91-93 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3HZ (Old Street Tube)