|Gabby Young & Other Animals — One Foot in Front of the Other (2014)|
Gabby Young & Other Animals — One Foot in Front of the Other
Location: Bath, London, UK
Album release: April 28th, 2014
Record Label: Gift Of The Gab Records
01. Sur La Lune (... A French Ditty) 4:03
02. Time 3:38
03. Fear Of Flying 3:56
04. I've Improved 3:47
05. Another Ship 5:24
06. Saviour 4:04
07. Smile 3:11
08. The Devil Has Moved In 4:08
09. Back Of The Car 4:16
10. One Foot In Front Of The Other 4:01
11. Back Where We Started 4:56
12. Jessica 3:47
♣ GABBY YOUNG
and Other Animals:
♣ STEPHEN ELLIS
♣ NIALL WOODS
♣ OLLIE HOPKINS
♣ RICH WATTS
♣ PAUL WHALLEY
♣ MILLY MCGREGOR
♣ The eclectic folk of Gabby Young and Other Animals has made the Music Week Top 10 playlist for their latest single ‘I’ve Improved’, taken from the eagerly anticipated third album ‘One Foot In Front Of The Other’.
♣ ‘Both of our previous albums have been so well received by critics and fans alike’ says Gabby. ‘I really hope this one achieves the same reaction. I see the three of them as a collective, but there’s something about this one — I’ve fallen in love with every song on it’.
♣ “She has the power, clarity and precision of an opera diva” — 4*s, The Guardian
♣ “Gabby Young is distinctive” — MOJO
♣ “A sense of a second–hand jumble worked up into something vital and new is matched in the tapestry of their sound.” — THE SUNDAY TIMES
♣ “Gabby’s voice exudes a sense of genuine quality” — 4*s, The Fly
♣ “Completely irresistible” — Tom Robinson, BBC 6
♣ On the 28th April 2014, the exquisite Gabby Young & Other Animals return, with their anticipated third album, ‘One Foot In Front of The Other’ out on Gift of the Gab Records.
♣ ‘One Foot In Front of the Other’ still covers the musical styles her fans will be accustomed to, and like her previous two albums, continues to defy labels, effortlessly moving between moments of jazz, opera, folk and cabaret. However, the production has never sounded better — overflowing with lush instrumentation it feels like her most polished work to date, thanks to stellar production by fellow Animal Stephen Ellis, engineered by Dave Moore (The Laurel Collective/ Empirical) Jake Gordon (Naughty Boy/Professor Green).
♣ ‘The songs are very personal. There are some things I’m singing about here I wouldn’t talk about to my closest friends, which I know is silly, as I’m telling everyone…’
♣ There are too many highlights, including the haunting seascape ‘Another Ship,’ an epic lament on longing to go home — featuring keys from Bill Laurence (from 2014 Grammy winning band Snarky Puppy). Then there’s the perfect love song ‘Saviour’ written with and about partner and producer, Stephen Ellis, followed by the ever pretty ‘Smile,’ showcasing Gabby’s continually impressive vocal range over ukulele, toy piano and muted drums, a song she’s confident sums up her whole goal in life. ‘I want to make everyone smile, it’s the main reason I write songs and perform, so this is a pinnacle song for me.’
♣ ‘I never want to write purely sad music,’ says Gabby. ‘All my songs have to have hope in them. With this album I’d written the majority and realised it was mainly downbeat. But I always strive for the right amount of light and shade, so I worked on adding more upbeat songs.’
♣ So fear not, the ‘circus swing’ (Clive Anderson BBC Radio 2) moments are still here, with the Animal’s brass section still being put through their paces. There’s the infectious ‘I’ve Improved,’ the vibrant first single out 24 February, written after a moment of enlightenment on the band’s Middle Eastern tour, plus tracks like the Balkan–flavoured ‘Time’ and ‘The Devil Has Moved In’ both complete with wild trumpets, keys and percussion aplomb.
♣ ‘One Foot In Front of The Other’ is the follow up to the critically acclaimed 2012 album, ‘The Band Called Out For More.’ This saw Gabby featured everywhere from The Metro and The Independent, to a page interview and 4–star review in The Sun’s Something For The Weekend, with further 4–star reviews in the likes of The Guardian, FT and Mirror. The band’s first album, ‘We’re All In This Together’ was equally as lauded. On its release in 2010 it won over most of the UK’s major newspapers, including The Guardian, The Sunday Times and the Evening Standard.
♣ ‘I just really hope our fans will connect with it in the same way. The ones that have got to know us since the beginning, and have supported us throughout, they’re the ones we really want to reach.’
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Interview with Gabby Young and Other Animals
♣ One Foot in Front of the Other is the latest album to be released by Gabby Young and Other Animals, and will be available from 28 April. One Foot In Front of the Other covers the musical styles fans will be accustomed to and, as with the previous two albums, continues to defy labels, effortlessly moving between moments of jazz, opera, folk and cabaret. We speak with Gabby Young about her recent projects, aspirations and future plans.
A: This is your third album. Do you feel you have evolved since your first album at all?
GY: Yes, I do. I feel like in each tour I do, in fact each gig I do, I practise with every new song and I grow as an artist. This whole album is a complete evolution from the last one. It feels more grown up and thoughtful. It’s definitely the most vulnerable I’ve been for a whole album.
A: You used Kickstarter to fund the album, does it make it a different experience producing an album funded directly by your fans?
GY: It’s amazing — I’m so lucky to have such a lovely, loyal fanbase — the “fanimals” as we call them! The crowdfunding was a way to get them involved, give them exclusive treats and of course, raise the money we needed to start making the album. It’s down to the fanimals that we could make all that happen and the connection I have got back has far surpassed my expectations. A lot of them have actually become my friends over the last year too, so I feel really thankful to have these new wonderful people in my life.
A: If you could perform anywhere in the world, in any space, where would it be?
GY: Ooh good question — well, I visited Red Rocks in Colorado a few years ago and it’s my dream to one day play there. It’s a massive open air amphitheatre carved out of the rocks and the most stunning location for a concert I have ever seen.
A: If you could collaborate with anyone else in the music industry, who would it be?
GY: Another good question — and this is the toughest thing for me to decide but right now the name screaming in my head is David Bowie — I mean, who wouldn’t want to work with Bowie? The man is genius and his ever changing style, genres and his experimentation to always keep us guessing and entranced is the most exciting thing in this industry.
A: What do you have planned for the coming year?
GY: We’re going to America in a few days for a mini west coast tour on our way to play at SXSW then a day off to celebrate my 30th birthday around friends and family in London before jumping straight back on a train for promotion and a massive tour across Europe, including supporting Brigitte in France up until May. We have UK tour dates and a record shop in store being booked for May before we start an epic festival summer. Along with this, there are new videos to film and launch, Gabberdashery (my online shop) to relaunch and start writing for our fourth album.
|Gabby Young & Other Animals — One Foot in Front of the Other (2014)|