ICYMI & Balloon Machine Music present Jeremy Tuplin
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“Tuplin’s songs are more like plays or a novel… He projects sweeping stories and worlds and tackles conventional subjects with a fresh perspective.” – MUSIC MUSINGS & SUCH
Following the success of first single ‘Bad Lover’, Jeremy Tuplin releases his sophomore album ‘Pink Mirror’ on 22 March via Trapped Animal Records & Cargo Records.
Tuplin describes ‘Pink Mirror’ as a “jovial sojourn through some of human nature’s so-called dark sides. It’s a satirical look at representations of love, desire, vanity, society, the internet and more in the modern world.” For Tuplin, the pink mirror represents the rose-tinted spectacles through which we often view our world and/or our own places within it.
The album was recorded at Marketstall Recording Studio in South Bermondsey with Mark Estall, the sound-engineer and co-producer who worked on Tuplin’s acclaimed first album, ‘I Dreamt I Was An Astronaut’. Clash Music described ‘I Dreamt I Was An Astronaut’ as a “cosmic gem”; Tom Robinson of BBC 6 Music called it “unconventional, conversational and intimate”. Tuplin was subsequently compared to such legends as Leonard Cohen, Bill Callahan, Nick Drake and ‘Space Oddity’-era Bowie. Boomtown Fair music festival hailed him as “one of the founding fathers of the lesser known genre of space-folk.” ‘Pink Mirror’ brings it all back to earth, adding soundscapes and swells – and more guitar.
Album teaser track ‘Just Cos Ur Handsome’ was made available as a limited-edition free download through Bandcamp. The track was described by ComeHereFloyd blog as “what you want in a drizzly life that needs a dose of bright sunshine of reality.” First single ‘Bad Lover’, released in November 2018, went down a storm, thanks no doubt to the accompanying video of Tuplin performing with a backing band of ironically-yawning hipsters. For The Rabbits said of the track, “Jaunty guitars, group backing vocals so wonderful the Ronettes would be proud of them, and rolling basslines; it’s Jeremy Tuplin sure, but as we’ve never seen him before.” The track went on to top many a Spotify playlist and video round-up, with Americana UK writing that it was “ridiculously catchy, has great lyrics and a fun video to accompany it.”
Tuplin’s favourite album tracks are ‘Can We Be Strangers’, ‘The Machine’ and ‘The Beast’, as they are more autobiographical; they are in contrast to the sharp social commentary of some of the other tracks. Tuplin painted the album artwork himself – a cheery rose-tinted image on the front cover and something altogether darker on the reverse. ‘Pink Mirror’ will be available from all your favourite online listening platforms from 22 March.