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Allen Stone debut album out February 25th

Allen Stone debut album out February 25th

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US soul man Allen Stone releases his debut self-titled album February 25th, on Decca.

The son of a preacher man (literally), Allen Stone plays 70’s soul with a modern twist, singing with a passion and force that belies his years; it’s enough to move mountains.

Known for his electric live shows across the pond, backed by his sensational 4 piece band, he has made waves all over Europe selling out shows in London (Cargo and Jazz Café) and throughout his 3 week jaunt across the continent, and all this without an album to his name!

It’s no wonder then that The New York Times has said: “His music reaches back four decades to the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, when songwriters like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Bill Withers brought introspection and social commentary to music” and that USA Today has called Allen Stone a “pitch-perfect powerhouse.”

WATCH // Allen Stone - 'Unaware' (Live From His Mother's Living Room)

At just 25, Washington born Stone writes songs for lovers, songs for disco goers and songs with bite. From the misty-eyed romanticism of opener ‘Sleep’ - “Spend my night shootin’ at the stars/Trying to change the world with this guitar/I know it’s a long shot/But it’s working out so far…” - through the frenzied, feel-good bar-room funk of ‘Say So’ and the velveteen party groove of hedonistic jewel ‘Celebrate Tonight’, there’s plenty of time for reflection in the slow burn of ‘Satisfaction’ and finale ‘Unaware’, where Stone puts the rhythm back in economic evaluation.

He is also at home using his falsetto as can be heard on ‘Contact High’— a song backed by a flurry of gospel voices which doubles up a striking commentary about the impact of technology on human relationships – before crashing into ‘Nothing To Prove’ with shambling precision. It’s all been fleshed out by a cast of A-list musicians, including Raphael Saadiq’s band, Miles Davis’ keys player Deron Johnson and trumpet player Lee Thornburg – known for his work with Supertramp.

Stone spent his childhood singing in church and moved to Seattle aged 18 to try on the city’s music scene for size. He has spent the past four years honing his unique style the old-fashioned way: crisscrossing the country in a van with his ace band and playing any small club that would have him.

Appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman back in August this year and with the LP already out in the States on ATO Records, US critics have been unanimous in their praise.

“Soul music from that time wasn’t just about bumpin’ and grindin’ at the club – it was a huge part of a cultural movement. That’s where my inspiration comes from,” says Stone, who was also schooled by folk records of the period.

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