August and After are Ned Mortimer and Vedantha Kumar. We weave vocal harmonies and thoughtful lyricism onto layers of guitar, piano, strings and brass. Comparisons can be made to Simon and Garfunkel, Radical Face and Kings of Convenience, and we’re also heavily inspired by Bon Iver and Beirut.
Our debut album, Embers, was officially released on 1st August 2013, featuring ten guest musicians, including Sophie Jamieson on ‘Waltz for Marie’, and a fan spoken word section on ‘The Jailbreak Song’. The songs vary in tone and volume, from orchestrally layered and upbeat sections to darker, more stripped down passages. The lyrics are inspired by themes of growing up and nostalgia, and specific people, places and moments from our past.
To promote the album, which has received several favourable reviews already, we are working on several collaborative film projects, including two animations, a contemporary dance with the UCL Dance Society and Tripos Productions, and a video with the London School of Puppetry. In addition, we have created an independent art platform to accompany the songs, and are playing shows around London and Cambridge, including a sell out album launch show and a set at Ronnie Scott’s.