yé-yé pop revivalist Aimée Steven’s debut single ‘My Name’

Artist: Aimée Steven

Title: My Name

Label: At Large Records

Impact date: 24 May 2019

Yé-yé pop revivalist Aimée Steven releases her debut single ‘My Name’

With the swagger of Serge Gainsbourg and the wit of Nico, Aimée Steven is giving 60s psychedelia and yé-yé pop the revival it deserves.

Her debut single My Name sees her going against the tide of twee indie with a more rugged sound, earning her comparisons to The Velvet Underground.

A self-confessed Francophile raised on Bowie and Birkin, the singer, songwriter and guitarist muses on the banality of modern life and modern love.

Visceral lyrics and a sophisticated singing voice are two trademarks of Steven’s music, but it’s her custom powder blue Gordon Smith GS1 guitar that makes her sound so unique.

Reflecting on her early influences, which range from the Bee Gees to Roy Orbison, Steven confesses she was a late bloomer: “I didn’t see an instrument until I was about 15.”

It was years later, during a university exchange in Barcelona, that she began to discover her sound, after picking up a guitar and tapping into the city’s rich psychedelic scene.

Steven left university prematurely; nevertheless, music was never far away.

“Music remained the one constant comfort in my life, so I decided – after much deliberation – that I wanted to start blogging and interviewing musicians at home in the UK,” she explains.

That has since culminated in a music career the beginnings of her debut album, which will follow My Name this year, as well as plays on BBC Merseyside, 6Music, XS Manchester…

Speaking about the track and her future plans, she adds: “I can feel my confidence and my musical confidence growing – It’s time to write my next chapter.”

Fans of Lily Allen, Blondie, Jane Birkin and everyone mentioned above take note. Aimée Steven is making her way in the world with her original brand of ‘red beret pop’.

Aimee has been working with Jon Withnall, the engineer responsible for Louis Berry‘s early tracks and who has worked with a host of artists, The Coral, Space, I Am Kloot, Chris Martin Band and even Rihanna.

Her debut live show with her band was at Liverpool Sound City and created lots of interest. You can catch Aimée at Barn on the Farm, Liverpool International Music Festival and Kendal Calling this summer.

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SPACE release new single “Fortune Teller”; Announce New LP and 20th Anniversary

spacefortuneteller900ASKME -singles-button-smallIMPACT DATE: 3rd March 2014

90’s favourites Space are back, armed with a new single, album and UK tour with Republica to coincide with the band’s 20th anniversary.

Writing top oddball pop songs is no easy feat, but it’s something Space have been doing for two decades. Fortune Teller is their first single in a decade, and their signature quirky, up-beat pop is a welcome breath of fresh air.

“I’m keeping up with the mystic vibe!” says frontman Tommy Scott, who can’t wait to get back on the road and play the hits – and the new tracks –  to their many fans:

“When we tour, we love playing the old stuff, but I always knew I wanted to record some new material. We know the fans like to hear the old classics from our multi-million selling albums ‘Spiders’ and ‘Tin Planet’, but we wanted to give them something extra.”

The platinum selling band came to prominence in the mid-90’s with hit singles such as Female of the Species, Neighbourhood, Me and You Versus the World and The Ballad of Tom Jones.

Space reformed in December 2011 for a special one-off hometown show at the O2 Academy.

The show sold out in double-quick time and the response so positive that they decided to get back in the studio… and they’ve teamed up with fellow 90’s million-sellers Republica for a UK tour in March to coincide with the new single.

Says Tommy:

“It will be great to see all of the loyal Space fans who have supported us for years, and we’ve also noticed that we have a lot of younger fans out there who are just getting into our music.”

20th Anniversary tour with Republica:

Tue March 18th 2014 – GLASGOW King Tuts
Wed March 19th 2014 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE O2 Academy Newcastle
Thu March 20th 2014 – MANCHESTER Academy
Fri March 21st 2014 – LIVERPOOL O2 Academy Liverpool
Sat March 22nd 2014 – COVENTRY Kasbah
Sun March 23rd 2014 – LONDON O2 Academy Islington

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