Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Alt-Folk
Band Members: Sarah Howells
Location: London, UK
Discography: Chocolate Factory Sessions EP (2015) EP1 (2016)
Record Company: Independent
"Bryde is a Brixton-based and Welsh Born Sarah Howells (Paper Aeroplanes) with an electric guitar singing fierce and fragile songs about entangling and unraveling. Compared to the likes of Daughter, Sharon Van Etten, Ben Howard & PJ Harvey. Sarah has such a distinctive vocal and the electric guitar sounds gives Bryde a different feel to her Paper Aeroplanes and EDM music.
Championed by blogs, her music so far has been described as “tender, wiry piece of tear-jerk alt-pop” (The Line of Best Fit ) and played by Huw Stephens on Radio 1, Tom Robinson on 6music, BBC Introducing in London and cited by various blogs as ‘One to Watch’.
March saw Bryde perform an exclusive session for Goldie Rocks on the British Council’s Selector Radio and second single, Help Yourself was featured by the daily post, Record of the Day on 16th. A glowing review from French blog giant Les Inrocks resulted in a showcase in Paris. Later this year she heads to do the same in the US, playing New York, Nashville & L.A."
“The song is a showcase of Bryde’s impressive vocal range, although her most exceptional vocal quality lies in her ashy timbre and seemingly uncalculated vibratos. It’s these perfect blemishes that imbue her music with a certain convincing vulnerability not normally present in singles from the usual pop titans.” - Earmilk
“A female soloist gathering a lot of interest …. helping her stand-out amongst a great tide of very good female artists such a Lapsley.” -Never Enough Notes.
“It bends but does not break, with the insolent sorcery of Sharron Van Etten or PJ Harvey” Les Inrocks
Single of the week - “[Help Yourself] glides, soaring skyward through its powerful and emotive choruses, headstrong. It’s clearly cathartic, but not just aimless and explosive, it is instead guided and direct with a complete conviction in itself. A strong but raw vocal performance only enhances the earnest lyrical sentiment.” - Cultured Vultures.
“There is so much beauty in Sarah’s voice: the huskiness of Gemma Hayes, lightness of Laura Marling and sensitivity of Jeff Buckley — beauty that is hard to define, which is a big compliment.” - Fresh on the Net