Music

Quinn Oulton channels Radiohead on hazy ‘Far Away’

New album ‘Alexithymia’ due May 2022 via DeepMatter Records

Live @ Servant Jazz Quarters London 27th May

South London based multi-instrumentalist, vocalist & producer Quinn Oulton returns with a brand new track ‘Far Away’, lifted from the forthcoming album ‘Alexithymia’ out through DeepMatter Records this May.

Following on from his recent singles ‘Clashing Colours ft Moses Boyd’, ‘Better’, ‘Royalty’ and ‘Sober’, ‘Far Away’ forms an arresting body of work, with its subtle delicate touches and Quinn’s soulful, heartfelt delivery. He continues to carve out a unique musical style, one that refuses to be pigeonholed or categorised.

Quinn Says: “Far Away is all about fearing change and shying away the unknown. I’m reaching for a sound that I’ve wanted to explore for a long time, but have lacked the conviction to do so. Stepping into this unfamiliar territory goes hand in hand with what I was writing about – which is something I’m only just noticing long after finishing the song.”

He goes on to add: ‘My album ‘Alexithymia’ dissects events from different relationships, whether family, friends, or romantic, presented as a single story from start to finish. Obsession, frustration, passion, false hope, grief, self-pity, helplessness, and acceptance are all part of this story. I wrote it in this way because I was trying to work out why I connect so much with sad or melancholic music, and I realised that maybe listening to that music was filling a hole that I didn’t know I had. It was comforting to hear somebody process their own troubles outwardly when I didn’t feel I had a way, or even a reason, to do so myself. Writing the album has been an extremely therapeutic process as I’ve been able to seek out difficult parts of my life that I’d buried because I couldn’t process them at the time.”

Quinn Oulton exhibits a raw sound, melding soaring vocals and tangled acoustic textures with complex electronics. The sound is deeply unique, which is understandable when you consider the journey that he has taken to reach this point in his career.

He adds: “I think a lot of people, particularly men, struggle to recognise and process their own emotions. It makes it very hard to share them with others, and it’s something that needs addressing to allow for healthier relationships with other people and yourself.”

Quinn picked up the saxophone at a very young age. His thirst for music was nurtured by mentors Julian Joseph and Soweto Kinch – two heavyweights of the UK jazz scene. Although jazz was his focus, he was also surrounded by blues, folk and rock music at home thanks to his dad’s diverse record collection.

His first leap into the world as a solo artist was a self-produced EP in 2017, when he began exploring his own voice and how to manipulate his skills as an instrumentalist to tell a story. These releases earned him a place on the 2018 Red Bull Music Academy. The two-week course entirely changed his scope and ambitions, as his eyes were opened to the world of electronic music culture – working alongside legends such as Just Blaze and father of techno Mike Banks (Underground Resistance).

His next EP ‘Long Gone’ (2020) presented a more refined sound as he honed his production skills and pushed his vocal abilities further. ‘Show Your Face’ is Quinn’s latest EP. The project shows his strengths when working with collaborators Conor Albert and Demae (of the Touching Bass family), and a new, exciting way of blending traditional jazz and electronic soundscapes.

Quinn also tours and regularly appears on radio and TV alongside 2020 Mercury Nominee, Moses Boyd.

Far Away  5th May

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