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Nick Mulvey @ The Art Bar (formerly The Bullingdon), Oxford
Saturday 8 March 2014, 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
2014 starts as 2013 concluded for young Nick Mulvey, as he prepares his third release in the lead up to the release of his debut album. Since parting ways with his former band Portico Quartet to focus on this solo venture, the journey couldn’t have been kinder in such a short space of time, as the year closed with Nick nestled comfortably on the BBC Sound of 2014 Poll longlist.
New single ‘Cucurucu’, released 3 March, is arguably Nick at his most immediate, and acts as another tantalising taster to his forthcoming Spring album. It’s immediate in the sense that the melody lingers, the beat typically shuffles infectiously, and the almost unpronounceable title becomes your new middle name. Similarly to his recent Radio 1 playlisted single ‘Nitrous’ in late Autumn 2013, ‘Cucurucu’ dances to Nick’s offbeat tones and rhythms. His unorthodox guitar playing, aided by a Cuban guitar course which taught him how to make the most of his quickdraw picking technique added a certain Spanish flavour to the sound, and spins Nick into a world which straddles the leftfield.
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