With a new year in full swing, it’s time for the ‘ones to watch’ lists and a name cropping up a fair amount is singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey. He’s no stranger to acclaim, being a member of the Mercury nominated instrumental band Portico Quartet, who were a great influence on future Mercury prize winners Alt-J. Mulvey took the bold move to walk away from the group and to start over with a different sound and to start using his vocals on his own material.
By placing himself as a support act for the likes of Laura Marling and appearances at festivals like Glastonbury alongside established acts such as Cat Power and Devandra Banhart, Mulvey has been able to slowly gain his own audience and with a headlining tour in early 2014 things are on an upwards trend for the singer. A live favourite from Mulvey is his song Nitrous, with its homage to 90s dance hit Olive’s -‘You’re Not Alone’. It is moves like this that have placed the performer onto the BBC Sound of 2014 long list.
Drawing influences from traditional singer songwriters such as Paul Simon and Nick Drake, Nick Mulvey’s soft vocals and light guitar strumming sounds surprisingly refreshing in a time when the EDM sound is still plaguing radio and music television. In now common practice for up and coming musicians, he has released two EPs, Fever to the Form and The Trellis. Both of which can be listened to on Mulvey’s soundcloud. The charismatic singer who once sat in the background in Portico Quartet is much more visible now, as displayed on his Vevo channel in the video clips for his singles as well as cover songs, most surprising, a cover of Americana goddess Gillian Welch’s – Look at Miss Ohio.
Most recently he has unleashed the Radio One-backed Cucurucu, the more upbeat effort seems to be more radio friendly, which should see him garner more exposure before a full length album later on in the year. 2014 will be the year that this talent will finally get the recognition he deserves.