New album from Stephen Fretwell: Man On The Roof (August '07)
Manchester artist Stephen Fretwell graced my thankful ears with easily one of my top 5 songs I was introduced to in the last year. The slowburn stunner "Emily" is sublimely sad and slightly bitter, one of those bruised and rueful moments of clarity about someone you love(d). But somehow it sounds so winsome, I can't get enough. One reviewer thought (and I echo), "Emily was actually a great, bleak pop song and one of the most beautiful ‘f*ck you’s’ I’ve ever heard whispered on daytime radio."
If you didn't catch it the first time around, this is from the Abbey Road-recorded album Magpie, which was his major-label debut ('04 in the UK, '06 in the US) and went gold:
Emily - Stephen Fretwell
Fretwell is now poised to release his follow-up album to Magpie this August. Titled Man On The Roof, he's just posted four new tunes from it on his MySpace, and I really like what I am hearing. The first tune is likely to be the first single off the album.
Scar - Stephen Fretwell
San Francisco Blues - Stephen Fretwell
Prolific songwriter that he is, Fretwell also just released an EP in May: Four Letter Words is available here, and you can download a free track (called "What") from that collection on his website.
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