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Spotlight Feature: Andy Hobson brought ascending melodicism to sonic meditation with his latest single, Rise

The London, UK-based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and spiritual teacher Andy Hobson is so much more than a diamond in the rough. With his latest single, Rise, he is the calm in the ever-calamitous storm that can’t seem to break away from our shores.

From the outro, you will feel some Nick Drake nostalgia. From there on out, the ethereal orchestral strings under the vibrantly ascending acoustic strings deliver heightened emotion exclusive to Hobson’s meditatively inventive take on alt-rock.

If you merged the plaintive sting of The Verve, the unrelenting compassionate tenacity of Nada Surf in their Let Go era with Radiohead-style gravitas and a burning sense of responsibility to spill the equanimity, the end result wouldn’t be too far away from the profound alchemy in Rise.

Here is what Andy Hobson had to say on his latest single:

“This is a bittersweet song about the passing of time and seeing the ups and downs of life as the same thing. Both can lead to new adventures. The song started as a dance track with big drums and a groovy bass line, but the emotion of the melody and lyrics didn’t really fit, so I stripped it back to acoustic guitar and wrote a haunting string section to give a final lift in the outro.”

Save a spot on your radar, as Hobson’s debut LP is due for release in 2023.

Rise, which was mastered by Stefano Ferracin and features Tom Meadows (Kylie/Will Young) on drums, is due for official release on July 8th, 2022. Check it out on Spotify & SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

Andy Hobson Brought His Meditative Equanimity to His Indie Art Pop Single, Waterfalls

In his own words, Andy Hobson’s latest single, Waterfalls, is Coldplay meets Radiohead, but less stadium and more kitchen. Just as he captured the sheer expansive beauty of nature as it crumbles around us before pulling it against the intricacies and destructiveness of human tendencies, he succinctly articulated his meditatively uplifting sound, which carries artful gravitas in the ever-ascending melodies. 

The choral vocals bring an almost otherworldly texture to the release which makes you wonder what Where Is My Mind would have sounded like if Pixies had a spiritual awakening before producing it. 

The UK-based singer-songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and wildly successful meditation teacher’s name as a solo artist may be new to the airwaves. Yet, before making his solo debut, he drummed in a Parlophone-signed band that supported the Killers when they released their iconic hit, Mr Brightside. 

When that chapter of his music career ended, he turned his talents toward production and songwriting, resulting in a collection of songs penned and demoed in 2020 during the COVID-19 lockdowns. Our new favourite raconteur of compassionately-creative meditative bliss is currently collating his songs into his expectedly unmissable debut LP. We can’t wait to hear the curation. 

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Review by Amelia Vandergast