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Like An Island’ is the debut album from Bryde. Having spent the last 2 years building a solid fanbase and recognisable sound, this body of work showcases her stunning mix of light and dark, beautiful and heart-breaking, isolated and communal. ‘Like An Island’ was written between London and LA and credits include Bill Ryder Jones, Catherine J Marks (Wolf Alice, St Vincent, PJ Harvey) & Mandy Parnell (The XX).

‘Like An Island’ is released on the 13th of April via Bryde’s own label Seahorse Music. Bryde founded it to publish records by like-minded women and help make them more visible in a male-dominated industry. A sensibility of deep emotion and unbridled nature, not unlike that of Kate Bush, infuses Bryde’s work. This is her first album, but her previous two EPs are also top-notch. Her music lies at the mysterious nexus of folk, pop, and alternative rock.


Bryde will set off on her biggest UK, IRE and EU tour so far. It’s a sprawling 30 date stretch in April and May that will see her peddling her inimitable brand of incisive lyricism and raucous rock and roll to her widest audience yet. This will be followed by a summer of festivals including Latitude, Boardmaster, Y Not, Standon Calling and more.

Classy, mature pop/rock from Sarah Howells – the mesmeric voice of Paper Aeroplanes. Featuring excellent songwriting and fine production, “Like an Island” is top quality music from beginning to end.

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Bryde is used to being compared to certain Alternative Rock acts of the nineties – namely, PJ Harvey and Smashing Pumpkins. So, with that in mind ,and to accompany the live session of her Grunge-y song ‘Less’ the acts that influenced her formative years as a songwriter – the acts, she says, you Need to acquaint yourself with (if you’re too young to have known them the first time around).


Sarah’s top of your Ten Women of the 90s playlist?
PJ Harvey! ‘Rid of Me’ is what I’ve aspired to ever since I first heard it – it’s so visceral. Also check out ‘Dress’, ‘Down By the Water’, ’50 Ft Queenie’, ‘Joe’ and ‘Sheela-Na-Gig’.
One of my other favourites next when I discovered Tori Amos..
I bought a cassette of her third album, Boys for Pele, during my school French exchange, and it literally changed my life! Then I discovered ‘Crucify’ – the first track from her debut album..
That’s my favourite Tori song too! Alongside ‘Northern Lad’..Then there was L7 – ‘Pretend We’re Dead’..
Well, if you haven’t heard about the time Donita Sparks pulled out a used tampon and threw it into the crowd at Reading Festival (in 1992), you have now. Enough said.

Also some Riot grrrl bands next?
Bikini Kill! Before Dream Wife, there was Kathleen Hanna. But if, like me, you were too young to fully embrace the Riot grrrl movement at the time, dive into a Bikini Kill album immediately.
En Vogue. Classic. Why ‘Don’t Let Go (Love)’?

Over halfway through – which brings us to Alanis Morrisette – ‘Forgiven’..
why Alanis is on this list, go and watch her sing ‘You Oughta Know‘ (Hyde Park, 1996) with Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins on drums! When I was much younger, I thought I’d never be a singer because I couldn’t sing as high as Alanis. So every time my parents went out, I’d try and sing along to Jagged Little Pill – I think it was quite painful for the neighbours!
Hole – ‘Doll Parts’. I remember jumping on my bed to it! I thought Courtney Love was so cool, because she went to fancy LA parties with chipped nail varnish! My first-ever band learnt ‘Celebrity Skin’ and played it three times at one gig.
The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. I loved that album. ‘Ex-Factor’ will always be a classic.
Garbage. Shirley Manson was a Huge icon for aspiring female musicians.
And finally, Björk! a genius, in my opinion. Not only is she one of the world’s best producers, but she captures human emotion like no one else. And she’s been making music for over forty years. I bought the CD single of ‘Hyperballad’ and listened to it a million times. Vespertine is one of my top five albums of all time.
thats a great collection of Inspiration it’s a great list!
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Welsh singer-songwriter Bryde aka Paper Aeroplanes songstress Sarah Howells has been drawing approving comparisons to the likes of Angel Olsen and Mitski since releasing her EP1 earlier this year. The likeness doesn’t start and stop at the fact that she’s a female artist with an electric guitar, however; she’s displayed similar ferocity on songs like “Help Yourself” and open fragility on the song “Wait” Yet hers is a voice that deserves attention in and of its own right, something she’ll continue to prove with the November 4th release of EP2.

Already she’s shared the stomping track “Honey” from the next EP, and now she’s showing her bleaker side with “Wouldn’t That Make You Feel Good?”. The track is a moody number dripping with slow guitar plucks that sound like they’re slowly leaking through the darkness. Eventually, they burst through on a fiery bridge as as Bryde confronts a fracturing, unhealthy relationship: “Smoke and mirrors on bathroom walls/ They were never mine/ Never mind/ Just let me love you.”


Calling it the darkest lyricism she’s ever explored, Bryde says that the song “is less about me than all the others I’ve written. My own experiences were a catalyst to becoming more interested in and reading about certain relationship dynamics and how people can become negatively intwined. Then the lyrics just became something I wrote with other people’s experience in mind. Like actors in a play. It’s about retrospect.”



I Saw Bryde (Sarah Howells ) at the Green Man Festival this summer playing a solo set, as a keen follower of her band Paper Aeroplanes she held the audience transfixed with her unique style.  Thoroughly enjoyed the gig including all the Chocolate Factory Sessions tracks here. I think she will be doing a full album at some point so I will be looking forward to that too.

Bryde is a Welsh singer songwriter who knows how to hit hard. previously as part of the band Paper Aeroplanes

The newcomer’s raw yet deeply personal style recalls early PJ Harvey, while her lyrical wit sits alongside Courtney Barnett. Seeming to blossom with each release,  A barbed return, the wiry guitar lines wrap themselves around her poisoned and heartfelt vocals:


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The latest Tipping Point Records release by Bryde is already creating waves, taking thrilling dynamic cues from PJ Harvey’s early output, Bryde’s latest single ‘Honey’ is a hard hitting sonic assault which sees the London artist turn up the electric guitars.

It bears the indelible stamp of Bill Ryder-Jones who takes production duties. The outcome is an intensely gratifying salvo of unabashed attitude, replete with lyrics that wouldn’t be out of place in a Courtney Barnett song: “you’re like a bad word, I think I misheard”.

Since setting out as Bryde, Sarah Howells has proven herself to be one of the most singular vocalists and songwriters in todays music scene . After a great set at this years Green Man festival. She’s a powerful projectionist with a tonal range that will likely see her drawing comparisons with her international axe-wielding peers Angel Olsen, Mitski and St Vincent.


Praise for the Welsh songwriter has been bestowed from bloggers like, Earmilk, Nylon, 6Music andRadio 1.

‘Honey’ is available on all streaming services now and is the first part of an EP to be released in November via Tipping Point Records..


For the past 10 years, singer songwriter Sarah Howells, aka Bryde, has been a part of alt folk act Paper Aeroplanes: but she’s now ready to become a household name with her debut solo EP, which is coming out on May 12th. New single “Help Yourself”  finds the Brixton-based singer at the height of her power, hinting at the cathartic work of Sharon van Etten and Mazzy Star – it’s an immensely personal affair that features Howells singing a huge, touching chorus. Her music hits right in the gut with its accomplished melody crafting and poignant lyrics – on EP1, she displays an impressive talent when it comes to writing lyrics about universal emotions without falling into cliché.


Howells has already mastered confessional music with her first single “Wait”, which shows a calmer side to Bryde. “Wait, it’s gnawing at my heart, Tearing at my confidence, Pulling it apart,” she laments over a graceful layer of plucked guitars and soothing background noises. “Wait” is a restrained tune driven by superb melodies – unlike the grandiose “Help Yourself”, it never really bursts into flames. She’s definitely at her best when she keeps things low-key, her voice being her number one asset.


Bryde has just wrapped up a brief European tour but you will definitely hear more from her in the near future.

Sarah Howells and Richard Llewellyn make up the brilliant British duo Paper Aeroplanes thier previous album Little Letters is followed by the good news is that Sarah and Richard are preparing to release their third full length album called “JOY” which, combining their folk stylings with more electronic and pop elements, brings a more optimistic tone after a series of albums full of self-confessed “break-up songs”. We have the pleasure of premiering their video for “Good Love Lives”

“I’d basically had enough of feeling a bit sad, frustrated and dissatisfied, says singer Sarah, and wanted to change all of that. During the process of trying to learn that elusive skill of being happy, these songs emerged.  This album is about the light that is revealed after a period of darkness. It’s about love that lasts and the blue that is always behind the clouds, the calm that is underneath the panic in your stomach.”

“This was the first time we’d worked closely with a producer and not arranged all of the music ourselves. Mason Neely (Cerys Matthews, Lambchop, Colorama, Sufjan Stevens) was deeply involved in the making of the album, almost like a third band member which was exciting because it provided a whole new bank of ideas and skills. We found ourselves trying quite different instrumentation and moving into new territories but we hope the essence of our sound endures.” The band are coming to the Nottingham contemporary in May 2015. (more…)