Alex Hulme – The Start EP

Impact Date: 30th July 2012

Label: Cityscape

A beautiful song and a wonderful melody (Sir Paul McCartney)

It’s been a good year for Liverpool based, Alex. He has just graduated from LIPA (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts) where  he played for its patron Sir Paul McCartney. He has also supported a wealth of artists including Willy Mason, Willis Earl Beal and Emmy the Great, 2012 certainly seems like the start of something good for this 21 year old singer/songwriter. Alex’s first two EPs caught the attention of BBC DJs, and festival programmers alike, but Alex’s third EP, The Start, showcases his best work to date. We advise you to listen to the EP in it’s entirety, the final track Sparks has become a firm favourite.

“I’m tired of always hearing down beat tracks from solo acoustic artists,” says Alex, “I really want to write the songs that people sing along to, the ones that make you want to turn them up, jump around and enjoy life!” The title track of the EP does just that. The Start is a pulsing, pounding, feel-good, acoustic pop song with glorious boy/girl summer harmonies. This could just be your feel good track of the summer!

Alex Hulme – There Was a Boy EP

 Release date: 29/8/11 (Cityscape Records)

20 year old Alex Hulme has been been turning heads all across his native North West. He is a student at Paul McCartney’s LIPA in Liverpool and is already poised to release his second EP There Was A Boy, co-produced by Tom Knott (KT Tunstall, I Am Kloot) on  Cityscape Records. Mixing his use of unusual tunings- inspired by the likes of Nick Drake, Fionn Regan and Foy Vance – with realtime multilayered looping of guitars and vocals (which have to be seen to be believed), Alex creates immediate pop songs with catchy melodies and rich folk guitar. His prolific gigging over the past year has seen him support artists such as Avi BuffaloEmmy The Great and The Travelling Band, as well as being championed by BBC Lancashire’s Introducing show with Sean McGinty.

Alex’s second EP introduces darker subject matter to his acoustic pop song writing. Title track There Was A Boy follows the aftermath of one of his closest friends losing his mother.

Listen to There Was a Boy:

Bones looks into the deep rooted and often uncontrollable desires we can feel for people .

Listen to Bones:

Forests transports the listener to a forest at day break where you can feel the world wake up around you.

Listen to Forests:

Closing track Dare ends the EP with a moving acoustic lament to daring to be more in life.

Listen to Dare: