‘Absolutely gorgeous stuff…one to really get excited about’ – Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music / ‘An understated gem’ – The Independent on Sunday / ★★★★ The Guardian
Ned Roberts launches his new album “Dream Sweetheart” on Aveline Records, with special guest support from Michele Stodart.
Dream Sweetheart is Ned Roberts’ third album, and his third with producer Luther Russell (Richmond Fontaine, Noah & The Whale, Fabiano do Nascimento, Sarabeth Tucek), recorded in Los Angeles in Electrosound Studios. His eponymous debut was a predominantly solo affair, and garnered significant national press, notably in UNCUT and The Guardian. The second, Outside My Mind, added an Americana expanse to the folk foundations of his debut, cutting live to tape to create a warm, spacious sound. It was released to wide acclaim on Aveline Records in 2017 (Ani Difranco, Ruth Theodore), and played across BBC 6Music and BBC Radio Scotland. Dream Sweetheart builds further on this creative dynamic. With ten days in the studio, and working from simple acoustic demos, the ethos of the record was one of invention and spontaneity. The copper pan loops on Slower than the Sea, the train/rain soundtrack to Stay A Little Longer, the late night recording of cicadas that accompanies Miles Between – these are just a sample of the soundscapes that resulted from staying open and alive to the possibilities each song suggested, whilst keeping Ned’s voice front and centre.
Ned has toured widely around the UK. He attained a much sought after support tour with celebrated US songwriter Anais Mitchell, and has also supported the likes of Joe Pug, Micah P. Hinson, The Delines, Sam Morrow, and The Stray Birds. He has toured the West Coast of the US, and recently embarked on a 10 date tour of Germany, as well as gigs in France, Spain and Italy.
‘Absolutely gorgeous stuff…one to really get excited about’ – Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
‘A warm treat…his melodies reminiscent of Leonard Cohen with lyrical nods to Bob Dylan, and his voice has echoes of Tim Hardin‘ ★★★★ The Guardian
‘…a beautiful record’ – Gideon Coe, BBC 6Music
‘so gifted, possessing a fine ear for a tune and a real knack for storytelling..stunning’. 8/10 – UNCUT
‘An understated gem’ – The Independent on Sunday