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Angus Powell / Press

““There are monsters here, there are,” but they’re the kind that haunt you with fading delicacy – a gentle touch from behind. The breathless Welsh lilt of Angus Powell is impeccable, the indie-folk universe fostering his unique style. His single ‘Monsters’ is currently enjoying airplay and success, as his music stirs an ethereal imprint into the recording industry.”

“Angus Powell, someone brand new to us, has many traits of young Bon Iver, but the way in which Monsters, his latest single, captivates has really got us going. We think that Bon has some stiff competition in this young man and wonder just how far it is that he could go. The pulse of the beat never leaves until the very last breathe needed. Like witnessing the death of a loved one, it is rather beautifully tragic. Angus has a simple vocal. He doesn't use vibrato at all from what we can hear, but he has a way with how he sings regardless that will mesmerise you. The words, too, are not particularly fixed upon something ... you never really know what or who he is singing about, but even so, you will stop and listen and try to piece it together as to fit to your life.”

“Heart wrenching - Cathartic”

“So heartbreaking - So beautiful”

“The power and presence Angus Powell can create, even when singing to almost a whisper, is astonishing. Powell is an ethereal force, and accomplishes it in the subtlest of ways. Natural, simple and pure, Powell is the voice of a nation wrapped up in a neat and precise organic folk ribbon. His music tells stories of love and hope but also reflects on the fear and anxiety that we all must overcome”

“From the hills of mid-Wales comes Angus Powell and his engaging Monsters EP – an atmospheric piece which can quickly transport you to some rural spot. Powell’s recording technique when making this record was to be as spontaneous as possible to capture certain moments and feelings, and it certainly seems to have worked in terms of instantly evoking a stunning landscape and the mysteries it may contain by night.”

“Angus Powell is a Indie/Folk artist from mid-Wales who plays and self produces his own material. Special comes from his four-track debut EP Monsters, which was released last July but is still continuing to make waves around the blopgosphere. Only last Friday For Folk’s sake made the title tune their Track Of The Day. He is currently working on a full album release, with release envisaged for before the summer. In a bold and unusual move he is allowing his thousand-plus fans on Facebook to preview the new material as he works on it, via his Soundcloud page. The warmth and depth of the online feedback from his fans suggests that this is an artist with traction and definitely one to watch in the second half of 2013.”

“Angus Powell, “Monsters”. The calmly rippling and beautiful song already has a filmic quality, and now a dramatic and humane video accompanies it. The Monsters EP is available now, with a full-length debut expected early next year. Expect something wonderful…”

“Powell’s EP Monsters is a four-track taster of things to come from Powell’s debut album, expected 2013. It’s a tense listening throughout, and Powell’s lo-fi voice, which is slightly falsetto, sounds a lot like Elliot Smith trying to reach a high-note. Powell’s EP will certainly strike a chord with many listeners. One even wrote on his SoundCloud, “These lyrics are devastatingly real… They hit home hard.””

“Angus Powell is from Wales, and “Monsters” is stylistically and philosophically independent. A bit like Meic Stevens carried forward, the song’s cavernous drums, spectral vocals, and direct writing produce a pleasant tension. You would do well to listen to his Monsters EP”

“BBC Introducing-tipped Angus Powell knows a thing or two about bringing tenderness to the acoustic medium. His new four-track EP ‘Monsters’ certainly doesn’t skimp on its ambitions as it twists and unfurls out from a beautifully understated minimalism on Upside Down and its excellent title track. Although chiming nicely with recent material from peers like Ben Howard, Powell’s music feels refreshingly individual, the clear Welsh lilt to his vocals lending the tracks a far softer exterior. Ultimately though, it’s the power of these four songs as intensely realised organic soundscapes that really marks them out though, going beyond the simple constraints of the acoustic guitar to something far more in touch with the soil beneath our feet, the air blowing through our hair. A postcard landscape, painted in sound. ”

“Releasing a debut EP can be a daunting prospect, especially when you fit into the over populated Indie genre. Angus Powell, however, has nothing to worry about. Coming at you gently with a fragile low-fi folk sound, his music is a pretty crescendo of lilting vocals and subtle guitar riffs. Bleak and beautiful, with deep and soulful lyrics, this guy could well be the next diamond of the genre. He has something captivating about his musical style that skulks around your brain and demands that you listen. The technicalities of the music are all perfectly sound and the overall finished product is slick and skilful. I doubt anyone could really pick holes in the tracks I heard. Unique and innovative, this is the first new Indie act that I have felt excited about all year.”

“ANBAD has been awash with silky smooth, gentle-n-drifting electronic music recently, and for good reason: it’s all that The Kids are making at the moment. So hearing old-fashioned guitar music that fulfils the same light ‘n’ spaced criteria, it’s an unnerving jolt, but one I’m welcome for Angus Powell to provide.”

“It’s fair to say Angus Powell is blessed with a bit of classic Welsh musicality. Upside Down, one of a selection of taster tracks from his upcoming debut EP abounds with a folky lilt, while managing to keep itself firmly rooted in radio sensibilities. It’s half-way through where the real magic happens though, a haunting, unfolding soundscape of rural wilds and open space. It lingers at the edges of the senses, beautifully elusive. Monsters follows along similar lines, the production twinkling with a quality rare for self-produced efforts. Tender and thoughtful, Powell’s EP feels like it could fit in well alongside the likes of Ben Howard’s recently acclaimed Every Kingdom.”

"Angus Powell's lyrics and melodies paint musical images of the finest order,coupled with his assured vocals Angus entertains at the highest level" Nigel Heath Multiple British Academy Award winner and leading sound and music industry professional