Ethereal, emotional and unconventional, NEW MORNING BLUES are here to captivate you.
Comprising Joanna Backovic and Ian de Sylva, the duo weave compelling tales through a fusion of folk, country and indie, with a lush soundscape that ranges from the celestial to the cinematic.
Releasing their debut single today, “A Face in the Mirror”, is exemplary of the haunting, heartfelt beauty of NMB’s work. The track is taken from their upcoming debut album, ‘London’, set for release on the 5th June 2021.
On “A Face In The Mirror” Ian’s earthy voice and Joanna’s dewdrop tones merge as one over a mesmerizing tapestry of delicate guitars, graceful piano and elegant strings, all driven by a refined rhythm section. Ian remarks of the song:
“I dreamt I was watching a country and western movie with a compelling soundtrack, so I tried to replicate that when I woke up!”
New Morning Blues is a brand new collaboration from Joanna Backovic and Ian de Sylva. Although a married couple who run a music studio together in Soho, this is the first time they have created music together. And the results are utterly bewitching. From atmospheric alt/folk duets reminiscent of Mazzy Star at their dusky, delicate best; to lovelorn masteries of Nancy & Lee ambition, New Morning Blues are a potent new pairing.
A case in point, “A Face in the Mirror” sees the band deliver a spellbinding piece from the heart and mind that marks a prominent first page on what promises to be an unmissable journey. The single is released on all platforms today
NEW MORNING BLUES WILL RELEASE THEIR DEBUT ALBUM: ‘LONDON’ ON 5TH JUNE 2021
New Morning Blues is a new collaborative project from Joanna Backovic and Ian de Sylva.
Joanna Backovic is a composer and performance artist who creates electroacoustic music, sonic art and score for theatre and film. She also performs under the name ‘ArHai’, touring extensively through Europe to an ever-growing audience. Ian de Sylva‘s first band, Silver, released a single on Rough Trade Records and subsequently signed to Medicine/Warner Bros, recording their debut album with Craig Leon (The Ramones, Blondie). They toured with such luminaries as The Cranberries and Elastica, establishing themselves as a first-rate live act. Two further solo albums cemented Ian’s industry reputation as a high-calibre songwriter.
Joanna and Ian also run a music studio together in Soho and, despite being married, this is the first time they’ve combined their musical talents, with the resultant sound falling somewhere between Fleet Foxes, Lee Hazlewood and Simon and Garfunkel.
Together, the pair will release their debut album: ‘London’ later this year. Much like Claude Monet’s dreamy artwork that adorns the cover, the songs too paint a vivid and evocative picture. “Polestar”, “Hourglass”, “Face in the Mirror”, “Time Ticks Slowly” and “Water to Wine” all artfully reflect the haunting, heartfelt beauty of NMB’s work. Both accomplished vocalists, Ian’s earthy voice and Joanna’s crystalline tones merge as one over a mesmerizing tapestry of delicate guitars, graceful piano and elegant strings, often driven by a refined rhythm section. This is music written to move, inspire and engage at every turn.