With an air of the 70s San Francisco spirit and a cello in tow, Australian troubadour couple The April Maze are bringing their sweetly endearing folk sound to the United Kingdom.
The April Maze consists of the quirky and charming indie darlings Todd and Sivan. The husband and wife duo joined forces 7 years ago in a share house in Melbourne then embraced the wandering minstrel natures of their folk forebears, living out of their ’76 kombi whilst touring throughout Australia and New Zealand and sharing their music.
Their musical roamings have seen them play over 35 festivals, 20 folk clubs and 850 shows in conjunction with the release of three EPs and two albums in the Antipodes (‘Recycled Soul’, released in 2010, followed by ‘TWO’, a crowd funded album including an array of unique covers which was released last year).
In November 2012, ‘TWO’ shot into Spotify’s Top 100 most popular new releases and saw the pair placed alongside artists such as Mumford & Sons, Lana Del Ray, Pink and Usher.
The April Maze are distinct from many existing alt folk bands due to the pure warmth and honesty in their song-writing coupled with distinctive 70s vintage imagery and lack of pretence. Their music touches upon a range of emotions from mellow to upbeat and incorporates both original and cover material, to guide listeners through their unique take on music.
The skilfully balanced harmonies gently unfold the narratives, with the soulful richness of Sivan’s voice, reminiscent of Cass Elliot, perfectly complemented by Todd’s intense, warm tone. The accompanying stripped back acoustic sound of Todd’s guitar and banjo mingles with Sivan’s breathtakingly beautiful cello parts and leaves the incredible impression of a full orchestral sound.
They are unashamed story tellers, providing insight into the inspirations of their songs with humorous candour at their live gigs whilst lovingly jeering each other on. They speak about ‘Don’t Let the Bastards Bring You Down’ being influenced by Sivan’s personal experience of bullying and ‘Winter’ chronicling the struggles of Todd’s love-lorn brother.
The couple perform with smiles and pure sincerity but also “an originality that is exciting and inspiring to experience live…with their rich, human vocals, between two people the live show has an amazingly full and deep sound” as the AU Review observed. Australian review site Timber and Steel has given similar praise, believing that the group’s music “moves you and seeps deep in to your soul, staying with you for days and weeks to come”.
Their debut UK album, self titled “The April Maze”, will feature a combination of 12 tracks, carefully selected from their previous two albums along with two new singles in order to best showcase the captivating spirit and talents of the duo who evoke the true essence of folk music.
They have arrived on British shores for the summer and have already delighted listeners at numerous events, including Folk on the Lawn in Wales and the London folk revival hotspot of the 60s The Troubadour. They effortlessly create a relaxed and blissfully happy vibe at every show, something audiences will appreciate as they continue to tour the UK throughout the year.
Wed Aug 21 8:00 pm The Bedford, Balham, London, UK
Fri Aug 23 5:30 pm Purbeck Folk Festival, near Swanage, UK – Fire Stage
Sat Aug 24 5:30 pm Purbeck Folk Festival- High Barn Stage
Sat Sep 07 6:30 pm Big Green Cardigan Festival, Cripps Corner, East Sussex, UK