Track-by-Track: Ed Tullett

edtullett2At the beginning of the month we announced September’s Featured Act award rightfully belongs to Ed Tullett. A young singer-songwriter from Uckfield, East Sussex; his songs will surely surpass the limits of our current scene to be hailed as beautiful, timeless classics.

Ed’s music sits side-by-side with artists like Jay Jay Pistolet and Liam Frost, peddling ballads carved out of sincerity and passion, with lyrics as poetic as they are quintessentially British. Still confined to the realms of his bedroom in terms of recording, Ed’s debut album To Transfigure and Solve was recently released through BandCamp and can be purchased from here.

To celebrate his upcoming London gig at Buffalo Bar 0n November 19th, Ed’s given us exclusive access to a set of songs he hopes to include on a new album later in the year. All three give listeners a chance to appreciate the truly extraordinary career Ed has ahead of him.

Ed Tullett for God Is in the TV by drunkenwerewolf

The first, “Rewards”, is an intimate, solemn ode to picking up the pieces. This is the kind of song that carries festival fervour into an autumnal spirit. Set to simple instrumentation, it’s also the first real glimpse of Ed clearly stepping away from the dreaded ‘nu folk’ tag. The song has an aptitude and strength that other musicians sorely lack; the kind of talented longevity that can propel a man away from the crowd. Reeling with the sense of perseverance, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was penned by a man far older than Ed’s tender 17 years.

The uplift hush of “Faker Death” cements Ed’s ability and pulls his normally acoustic instrumentation into the prog-folk category. With a dual female-male vocal that recalls the subtle lull of Adelaide’s Cape, “Faker Death” eventually lands in Daughter’s territory.

Our third and final song is “Ribboned Blood”, a gentle strum-along that’s not quite as macabre as its title would have us believe. Though unlikely to make his top five in years to come, its immediate accessibility is a helpful addition to Ed’s early career.

God is in the TV is an online music and culture fanzine founded in Cardiff by the editor Bill Cummings in 2003. GIITTV Bill has developed the site with the aid of a team of sub-editors and writers from across Britain, covering a wide range of music from unsigned and independent artists to major releases.