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With just an acoustic guitar and his voice, Nick Mulvey brought something completely different to the table when he visited the Baeble Studio for a NEXT Session. After diving right into the first song "Mountain To Move," Mulvey created a worldly sound with percussive African influences. It makes sense given his history, as the English singer-songwriter studied ethnomusicology at the School of Oriental and African Studies before leaping into a solo music career. "There's a lot of influences in what I do and I've always had this really broad appetite for music But as a teenager, I just got crazy into African guitarists. What I love about those African guitar players is not something I can always explain, you know, it just feels really good," Mulvey told us when he visited the studio.

Mulvey played two other songs, "Unconditional" and "Cucurucu." The former, he explained, is about "the trials of being in love." It's a rhythmic take on the typical love story, with a romantic, hypnotic feel so palpable, it will make you think you're in love, even if you're not. Both "Mountain To Move" and "Unconditional" are from Mulvey's newest album Wake Up Now (released earlier this year). The album was written over the course of 18 months when the singer left London, moved to the countryside, and experienced the birth of his first child with his wife. "I hope people who enjoyed my first record will hear that Wake Up Now is a natural extension of my music. It was a real journey - from the writing to the recording - it was all about the ways in which I can let go of controlling it. And that really allowed me to push to new places."

In the session, Mulvey's performance sounds like a culmination of all of his influences - African music, the countryside, and the joy of the birth of his first child. Get ready to experience it for yourself with our latest NEXT Session.

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to New York City...do you know I've never been to Central Park before? - I've been to the city probably half of the time but somehow I've never been there.
And with the jet lag, I was up like on six in the morning, yesterday morning, and there was nothing else to do, really.
So I went and explored the park, and it was really special, beautiful.
- My name is Nick, and this first song is called "Mountain To Move.
" Yeah, ooh Caught up in specialness I wish we could see That we are kings
of bliss Begging for misery but We get lost in comparison yeah
Looking outside of me yeah Now I see this
world is unraveling yeah I wonder, who could we be Oh, I don't want
to see us lose Any more time This moment is a mountain to move Yeah,
so move it inside Wake up now Wake up now Wake up now Wake up now
Because Marianne is a healer She had pain on the mind yeah
She said, "Your money's your medicine," yeah But you're sick
all the time yeah Because you got lost in comparison yeah Always pretending
you knew yeah When everything you were looking for yeah Was already looking
for you Oh, I don't want to see us lose Any more time This moment is a mountain
to move yeah So move it inside Wake up now Wake up now Wake up now
Wake up now
Yeah yeah yeah yeah Yeah yeah yeah yeah Yeah yeah yeah yeah Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Give it to me, realness Give it to me, stillness Give me some forgiveness
Give it to me, wholeness Because I was lost in comparison Always pretending
I knew yeah When everything I was looking for I was looking through
Wake up now Wake up now Wake up now Wake up now
So there's a lot of influences in what I do, and I've always had this really broad appetite for music.
The music in my household when I was growing up was very varied.
From, like, all the singer/songwriters of the 60s and all the stuff that my parents love.
But as a teenager, I just got crazy into African guitarist.
What I love about those African guitar players is not something I can always explain.
It just feels really, really good.
Something about the hypnotic qualities I always loved to know.
Yeah Unconditional Yeah
We released "Unconditional" as the first single on this record because I think it was a natural bridge to the first record.
The video was made by a German director based in the UK called Bastian Glaessner.
And he had this idea to really make a very grounded unpretentious film, very wildly, very kind of human film following the kind of the trials of being in love.
Unconditional Venus by my side Uncontainable Nowhere you can hide It's
something to know No matter where you are The Venus light is shining in your
star And it's back in my heart again Saying that you do Indivisible Loving
inside you It's nothing to know The knowing that you are The Venus light is
shining in your star Oh come on It was right here all along What you're looking
for is never gone How did we do this, we're here Hold me close and hold me
near Yeah Unconditional Yeah Unconditional Yeah Uncontrollable
How could I resist Underneath it all The way that you undress Irreplaceable
The mark upon your lip The Venus light is shining in your kiss Come on It was
right here all along What you're looking for was never gone How did we do this,
we're here Pull me close and hold you near Yeah Unconditional Yeah
Unconditional Yeah
Yeah, the album is called Wake Up Now.
And this is an album I've wrote over the last 18 months.
I left living in London, moved out to the countryside and I wrote these songs in parallel with my wife's pregnancy and the birth of our first baby.
I see a child underneath the piano in the boom of the tingling strings
Pressing the poised feet of his mother who smiles at him as she sings
Making a second record gives you a lot of opportunities to kind of improve on your first, or you know, and it was like that for me from the start.
I knew when I started this record that I wanted to speak very plainly.
I used a lot of metaphor in the lyrics of my first record and that was cool that was where I was at then, but this time round, I knew that I wanted to... I was ready to speak really plainly.
Softly now in the evening dusk, a women is singing to me She takes me back
down the vista of my years until I see A boy child underneath the piano in the
boom of the tingling strings Pressing the poised feet of his mother who smiles
at him as she sings Yearning to belong, yearning to belong My heart beats with a
ceaseless longing of a yearning to belong Softly now in the evening
dusk a women is singing to me And she takes me back down the vista of my years
until I see A boy child underneath the piano in the boom of the tingling
strings Pressing the poised feet of his mother
who smiles at him as she sings In spite of myself and all of these nursery
songs My heart beats with a ceaseless longing of a yearning to belong
To the melodies of childish days, are upon, upon me And they take me back,
back down the river They lead me on, come on and lead me until I see That all
of my manhood is cast Down in the flood of remembrance, bringing me back to the
past Cucurucu, cucurucu Cucurucu, Yearning to belong,
yearning to belong My heart beats with a ceaseless longing of a yearning
to belong In spite of myself and all of these nursery songs My heart beats
with a ceaseless longing of a yearning to belong I see a child underneath the
piano in the boom of the tingling strings Pressing the poised feet of his
mother who smiles at him as she sings Listen to me, son, I'll tell you why
your father's strong Because he can still say every single day he's yearning
to belong Yearning to belong, yearning to belong My heart beats with a
ceaseless longing of a yearning to belong In spite of myself and all
of these nursery songs My heart beats with a ceaseless longing
of a yearning to belong
I hope people who enjoy my first record will hear that Wake Up Now is a natural extension of my music.
I really stretched myself here.
It was a real journey in learning the ways...from the writing to the recording, it was all about the ways in which I can let go of controlling it, and that really allowed me to push to new places and it became about inviting collaboration as well.
So I think you really feel in my community of friends in this album.
I'm really happy that the joy that we've shared making this record is really alive on the end tracks.
Wake up now

Artist Bio

Nick Mulvey (born 4 November 1984) is an English musician, singer and songwriter who studied music in Havana, Cuba. He played the Hang as a founder member of 2008 Mercury Prize nominated band Portico Quartet, until 2011 when he left to pursue his career as a singer-songwriter releasing the EPs The Trellis (2012) and Fever to the Form (2013) and his studio album First Mind in 2014 which received a Mercury Music Prize nomination. His second album, Wake Up Now, will be released on the 8th September 2017

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