Bryde has revealed her new single ’80 Degrees’. A track that harks back to the isolation of her first album, it explores the sense of death and rebirth that we go through when a relationship ends. “It’s about evolving after a past relationship and becoming gleefully unrecognisable to that person,” Bryde says. It’s the perfect antidote for anyone who’s recently been contacted by THAT EX during lockdown.
Take a listen below…
The new album The Volume of Things was written at a time, months before any of us had heard of Covid-19, when many of us were feeling a sense of bombardment from modern life. The recent situation has led to a dramatic change in the pace of our lives, yet notifications continue to ping on our phone screens and we are still overloaded with new information all the time. It can feel more claustrophobic than ever. Just a matter of weeks ago everywhere we turned there were millions of choices to be made; what to do, what to buy, what to believe. Now, despite still being hyper-connected through the tiny portals in our pockets, finding raw, uninterrupted connection is more difficult than ever and we are having to be increasingly creative with the ways in which we find that connection with others.
Bryde – or Sarah Howells, to her friends – grew up in the sleepy saside town of Milford Haven and before her solo work, was one part of Welsh duo Paper Aeroplanes, who headlined TFFT Live a number of years ago. Now based in Hackney, she released her debut solo album Like An Island in 2018 – written amid a break-up, it was a record about emancipation and learning to exist alone again. She toured the album – which was nominated for the Welsh Music Prize – playing alongside the likes of Fatherson, Rufus Wainwright, The Joy Formidable, and she performed at Dot to Dot, Green Man, Live At Leeds, The Great Escape, Latitude, Boardmasters, and 2000 Trees.
In the year after Like An Island’s release, “I learnt a lot more about myself,” Bryde explains. “I had my first real experience of emotional burnout and quite a paradigm shift experience in terms of how I treat myself.” All of these paths led her to ‘The Volume of Things’. Written and recorded between London, and various friends’ studios in Berlin, the album is produced by Thomas Mitchener (Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Futureheads and BlackWaters). Bryde describes the record’s expansive feel as being like, “the calm before the storm – before the true calm that I’m working towards.”
“Quantity is not necessarily an advantage,” says Bryde, who also studies counselling part-time and has long been interested in psychology. She is, she says, fascinated by choice. “Every time you choose something, you have to leave so many other things behind. ‘The Volume of Things’ is about getting free of some of that worry and neurosis.”
The Volume of Things tackles a universal struggle but its resounding message is one of hope. “I have big goals for this album,” Bryde concludes. “I’d like it to scoop people up in a wave of new positive emotion and be celebrated for its melodies and accessibility. Ultimately, I’d like it to draw us all a little closer together, even if that is while we continue to stay apart.”
Bryde will (hopefully) be touring the UK in September – dates below…
17th Sept – Bodega, Nottingham
18th Sept – Think Tank, Newcastle
19th Sept – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
22nd Sept – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
23rd Sept – Deaf Institute, Manchester
24th Sept – Oslo, London
25th Sept – The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham
26th Sept – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff