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Pembrokeshire-born now London-based Bryde aka Sarah Howells is a woman with an electric guitar playing fierce and fragile songs. Swaying from vulnerable to uncompromising within one verse and chorus, Bryde’s music is honest and furiously authentic. Here she is performing songs from her 2018 debut album ‘Like an Island’. An Album that has been released to a host of glowing reviews, many comparing her to the likes of Radiohead, The XX, Warpaint, and Jeff Buckley. The album reached No.38 in the Official Indie Chart. Accompanied with a sold-out London show and a 35 headline tour of Europe followed by a long list of summer festivals and support shows with Joy Formidable. Bryde is on a roll and appears to have no intention of slowing down.


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.

Emotion is central to Welsh-born Sarah Howells’ solo project Bryde, whether potently exalted, or hushed and tempered, Howells expresses with ferocious clarity and a strength of being that could withstand a hurricane. The full-length debut album collects a selection of already-released singles alongside a host of rather impressive new cuts, proudly chest baring the title: Like An Island.

The record lifts its title from a lyric nestled in track six [‘Euphoria’], illustrating the importance of language and meaning within the Bryde universe.”Coming out of the dark like an island,” Howells delivers hesitantly over a raw minor-key melody that incrementally softens to reach a blustered resilience. In a song which tackles internal darkness as an effort to overcome struggle, there’s something very admirable and inspiring to name a record in response to this acutely human pain: To admit the suffering but resist breaking under pressure. Possibly the most crucial element of Howells’ songcraft is her urgency and defiance to carry on, to never yield or break in spite of adversity. It is a powerful resistance that echoes great resonance to all who heed Howells’ sincere verse.

The record carefully allies tenderness adjacent to spiky dissonance, fragrant imagery with calmness of voice, transparency with volatile tugs of musicality. Bryde’s world is a harsh one but true, moments of comfort and recline rarely break through during its run-time, yet once they do, they offer versatility for the artist [‘Steady Heart‘ being one of these languid trailblazers]. Other highlights include blustery slow-burner ‘To Be Brave,’ wild-riffer ‘Flesh, Blood and Love‘ and crowd-pleasing tension-builder ‘Handstands.’

Howells masterfully examines the human condition on Like An Island: the self-editing, destructiveness, liberation, resilience, and overwhelming self-discovery. Told from a place of intimacy and recorded closely to detail every slight change in tone or cadence, Howells expertly captures the breadth of feeling the songs convey. Storms brew and distill a sensational, idiosyncratic performer on tracks like ‘Less‘ and ‘Peace.’ Through push and pull of heavy intensity vs. steady tranquility, the tracks offer a refreshing polarity in what makes Bryde’s work so interesting and compelling – as well as the prospect that each song structure will provide a plethora of twists and turns for its listener.

Although billed as a solo project, the landscape in which Bryde works is vast and expansive, and cannot be resigned to the makings of one single individual [the full-band live shows are just one example of this]. Howells heads the ship but she is one of many working behind the scenes to create this visceral exploration, with Catherine Marks and Mandy Parnell respectively assisting with mixing and mastering the album. Nevertheless, Howells writes and performs these songs – every word, every instrumental, every arrangement has poured out of her mind and onto the page, and this achievement alone deserves acknowledgement and due credit.

Like An Island in no respect feels like a debut record. Its astute self-awareness is not to be taken lightly, sculpting a passionate presentation of indie rock and singer-songwriter grit, fortified by a vocal ability of exceptional presence and a credibility that assures the artist’s longevity. Like An Island is a record of the heart: Sometimes heady, sometimes peaceful, sometimes restless – but never quiet.

‘Like An Island’ is released on 13th April 2018 via Seahorse Music

Bryde is Pembrokeshire-born, London-based Sarah Howells and an electric guitar, singing fierce and fragile songs about entangling and unravelling. Earning comparisons to Sharon Van Etten, PJ Harvey and Jeff Buckley, her powerful vocals, sharp, evocative lyricism and searing guitar tones have won plaudits.

“Wait” and “Help Yourself” from her debut EP were lauded by blogs and supported by Radio 1, BBC Introducing in Wales.

Summer 2016 saw Bryde perform at a number of UK festivals, including Green Man, Dot to Dot and How The Light Gets In, as well as embark on a whistle-stop tour of the US, taking in New York, Nashville and LA.

Whilst in LA she recorded a song for EP2 with Rufus Wainwright’s producer Chris Sorem. She then completed the EP recording three songs with Bill Ryder-Jones at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool. Its two singles, ‘Honey’, and Wouldn’t That Make You Feel Good? have already seen radio support from BBC 6music,

Bryde’s first offering is a tender, wiry piece of tearjerk folk-pop. The swirling, swollen textures and rippling electric guitars “..atmosphere builds, and twinkling teardrops of light appear – an electronic sound that somehow feels totally organic. If this is Bryde’s early work, there’s plenty to look forward to”.




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Welsh songwriter Bryde has attracted plenty of international acclaim in recent months and on recent single ‘Less’ she’s somehow reached another level. With the backing of BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and support from the Sunday Times, The Line Of Best Fit and Consequence of Sound momentum is increasing rapidly and her capacity show at The Great Escape last weekend has done nothing to suggest otherwise. Praise for the Welsh songwriter aka Sarah Howells has been well-bestowed since deciding to go solo from the band Paper Aeroplanes.

Leading the UK collection of rock revivalists and sparking obvious comparisons to acts including Mitski, Angel Olsen and Whitney with her heartfelt lyricism, Bryde’s reputation is growing .


Written by Bryde.
Produced by Bill Ryder-Jones.

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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.