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Description of the release, from Bona Fide Management.
For Birmingham born singer-songwriter and beatboxer Ed Geater, rhythmical strength is complemented by lyrical prowess.
Growing up on a staple musical diet of alternative rock, folk and electronica, equally matching his love of classical music, Ed switched his primary childhood instrument from violin to guitar and pursued his love of song-writing, whilst harnessing his metronomic skills as a beatboxer.
Influenced by his obsession with ambient electronic artists such as Bonobo, Boards of Canada and Four Tet – Ed set out to create the same vivid and textural musical landscapes, but all acoustically, without any live sampling. His debut artistic offering was 2013’s independently released ‘Changing Waves’, which received local critical acclaim.
Now under management, Ed signed his first record deal in 2015 with Music Mandi, an independent label based in London. It was Ed’s exhilarating performance at the ‘Phoenix Sessions’ (a discovery platform for unsigned artists) in London, that caught the attention of label owner Jataneel Banerjee, who promptly signed him to his roster.
After putting pen to paper, Ed immediately hit up Birmingham’s Univibe Audio studio with engineer Elliot Vaughan. The results are eight fresh tracks recorded in one four day session, which will be released as a series of two EPs in 2016 on Music Mandi.
The first offering is ‘Barriers EP’, spearheaded by lead single and video ‘Don’t Think’, a drum and bass infused hook laden anthem, with the lyrical content reflecting on one’s introspection in contrast to the reality of the outside world.
EP opener, ‘The Joy Thief’, personifies the act of comparing yourself with others, inevitably inhibiting your ability to be true to yourself. The lyrics sit above a beautifully textured acoustic laden trip-hop groove.
After the energy of Don’t Think, soothing instrumental Vilcabamba Moonlight, inspired by Ed’s time in the evergreen Ecuadorian valley, instils an imprint of pastoral beauty on the listeners mind. The break-down section enables Geater to showcase his beatboxing virtuosity with a flurry of mesmerising rhythms.
The EP is closed by break-up inspired lyrical ballad, Steady Strides. Delivering a stunning vocal performance, Ed contemplates whether ‘our love’s no longer strong’, building to a climatic end of hope for the future, declaring that ‘You and I are still to find our steady strides’.
With ‘Barriers EP’ the start of an exciting journey as a signed artist, 2016 is set to be the year of real growth for Ed Geater. We suggest you get on board.
Track listing for Barriers EP, released worldwide by Music Mandi on 22/02/16:
1. The Joy Thief
2. Don’t Think
3. Vilcabamba Moonlight
4. Steady Strides
5. Don’t Think (Single Mix)
Ed Geater: Vocals, Guitar, Beatbox, Samples
Ben Drummond: Bass Guitar (in The Joy Thief)
All songs written and produced by Ed Geater
Recorded at Univibe Audio, Birmingham
Engineered by Elliot Vaughan
Executive Producer: Jataneel Banerjee
Mastered by Pete Maher
Photography by Charlie Geater
Artwork by Dom Catena
Management: Tom @ Bona Fide Management
Contact: [email protected]
All songs copyright Music Mandi 2016
Pete Maher Testimonial from Bona Fide Management:
Pete has done a fantastic job on Ed’s ‘Barriers EP’ – delivering rich and warm masters, that still pack a punch. His communication skills and professional manner are also first rate.
I look forward to this being the start of a long relationship with my artists and Pete.