The Visconti Studio will be working with guest artist on new analogue recordings, educational and research projects. Our first guest artist is Mary Epworth, who has worked with Tony and a select group of students on our pilot project in September 2016.
Mary Epworth has been making significant waves since releasing debut album Dream Life on her own label, Hand Of Glory, in 2012. Inspired by nature and landscape, Dream Life inhabits two worlds: a dark, ghostly English winter, and the light of an imagined idyllic California.
Much praise has come from the press, including Q magazine calling the album “Psych pop splendour… Experimentalism, melody and narrative co-existing in appealing balance”, and Record Collector awarding the album five stars and hailing it as “A work of bracing originality… Immaculately sung and graced throughout with intelligent, song-serving arrangements and inspired production touches.” Overwhelming radio support has included 3 singles playlisted on BBC 6 Music and ‘Black Doe’ picked as BBC Radio 1’s Hottest Record In The World.
This attention has lead to Mary and her band performing sold-out headline shows and many festival appearances including Festival Number 6, Bestival, SXSW and The Great Escape. At the Liverpool International Music Festival, Mary was part of a one-off supergroup with Boy George, Bernard Butler, Mark King, Tim Burgess and Hollie Cook.
In 2014 Mary embarked on a 19-date UK and European tour supporting US podcast phenomenon Welcome To Night Vale for their wildly popular stage show, which also saw Mary joining them during their show. The sold-out tour included two nights at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire, and was followed in 2015 by a 36-date US tour with Welcome To Night Vale, again sold-out and including the legendary Orpheum in Los Angeles.
Mary has recently finished recording her second album, and is scoring the hit new podcast Within The Wires.
For more information contact Leah Kardos, L.Kardos@kingston.ac.uk
I’m blown away to be given this opportunity to work in the new analogue studio at Kingston University with the great Tony Visconti.I’ve long been a fan of Tony’s production, and particularly love that he is so bold when going for a sound and atmosphere. The apparent limitations of an analogue environment really suit that kind of explorative and confident approach, and I’m so looking forward to see what we can make in all that beautiful space.Mary Epworth