Praise for new album 'Elytral':
"One of the year’s most intriguing and rewarding albums, Mary Epworth’s ‘Elytral’ continues expanding her innovative approach to song presentation” The Wall Street Journal
"Epworth cements her reputation for fearless experimentalism" The Sunday Times
"A brooding and brilliant record" ★★★★ Q
"Big, brave and laudably odd" ★★★★ Mojo
"Fearless and immersive” ★★★★ Shindig
"Epworth continues to push the boundaries of her psychedelic electronic pop" 8/10 DJ Mag
"A delightful exploratory freedom, as seen in the analogue ambience of 'Surprise Yourself': "No judgement, no fear" The Observer
"Right from the get-go, Mary Epworth's second album announces itself as both confident and unpredictable . . . It makes for a thrilling experience” Prog Magazine
"A complicated, uncompromising affair informed by the unique vision of its creator" Electronic Sound
“No album this year is going to start more excitingly than Mary Epworth’s” Stuart Maconie
“The vastness of her sound makes it an engulfing listen from the very beginning.” Aesthetica
Mary Epworth’s much-anticipated second album, 'Elytral', was released on 1st September 2017 and sees the British musician arriving with greater ferocity and a letting loose of her darker instincts through grinding, splintered soundscapes. Produced by Thom Monahan at his Golden Void studio in LA, the album encompasses electronic experimentalism, prog, psychedelia, free-jazz and more.
The first single from the new album, ‘Me Swimming’, has been enjoying a great deal of radio play and is a high-pop moment on a record that leans more to the dark and experimental. Recently named by Sunday Times Culture as their Hottest Track, they said of ‘Me Swimming’ “Shades of Visage and Stereolab here – a radical gearshift”, and NME picked up on the “Swirling, swooning synths”, naming it one of their Best New Tracks.
Debut album, Dream Life, saw much praise from press and radio, and lead to four singles playlisted at BBC 6 Music, ‘Black Doe’ picked as BBC Radio 1’s Hottest Record In The World, and Mary and her band performing sold-out headline shows and playing many festivals. Mary’s career has also taken an unexpected detour with the hit US podcast Welcome to Night Vale and its dystopian psychological-horror spin-off Within the Wires. She composed the music for the latter and joined the Night Vale team on their hugely successful live tours across the US and Europe.
For Mary Epworth, the creation of a new album has been about innovation and experimentation, as well as a steadfast refusal to dilute her ideas. Elytral marks the start of a new phase - bold and overflowing with possibility.