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Channel Cairo release new single ‘A Year’

Date: June 2012
Label: PIAS / Neapolitan Records

Born into an artistic home without a television set, lead singer Joshua Bowyer learnt to entertain on the piano from an early age, spending much of his childhood summers travelling around Europe with his father’s folk group. He built a large repertoire of musical ideas in the long nights spent sleeping on the road, inspired by the early greats of the 60s and 70s that made up the repertoire of his father’s band. Although nameless in the beginning, Willesden Green five piece Channel Cairo bonded early on over an interest in life on the road and the ‘golden age of travel’. This nostalgic interest hailing back from Josh’s roots hits fever pitch amongst the group, when linked to those early 60s and 70s British rock’n’roll bands. Beyond the music; it was the stories, decadence and the Boeing 720 Starship that left them dreaming up their own particular modern day musical adventure.

Channel Cairo have honed a delicate blend of dreamy piano led melodies fronted with ethereal vocal techniques sitting over a propulsive beats. In June the band plan to release their second single entitled ‘A YEAR’ as featured on BBC Introducing and BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson show, the stunning follow up to the bands debut offering in 2011 of Elephant Room – an exquisite piano-led track which paid homage to their early simpler roots in being the first track that the band played together.
Following on from the success of ‘Elephant Room’, which garnered praise from BBC6 Music, Absolute Radio, The Sunday Times and Music Week, A Year beckons on closer listen the spectre of a melancholic song inspired through personal loss. Yet it is the song’s infectious melody and stirring chorus that commands closure leaving its tone uplifting and unique with every listen. It is this paradoxical quality that will see A Year just as easily fill headphones as dancefloors and reaffirm Channel Cairo as a understated British talent to watch out for in 2012!

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