In furtherance of our determination to capture the best of the Manchester music scene we’re delighted to announce that duo Sphelm have joined Bad Elephant Music.
Initially a solo project from Mike McKnight (ex-Cyril Snear) as a creative outlet to explore a different side of his musical personality, with guitarist and keyboard player Tim Powell joining after initial shows, Sphelm have been quietly building a following across the North West of England while working on their debut album, These Roots Know No Boundaries. The band describe themselves as “electronic/twin guitar crossover, laden with soundscapes, beautiful guitar and vocal harmonies, set within digital space”, and like so much great music they totally defy easy categorisation. It’s not prog, it’s not indie, it’s not rock, it’s not Intelligent Dance Music, it’s Sphelm.
“We’ve put our heart and soul into this new record”, says Mike, “and we’re so happy to be working with a label that wants to see us grow, evolve, that looks after it’s artists. We’re good mates with Nick Duke from Trojan Horse, and we figured that any label that will work with him will at least give us a listen!”
David Elliott, BEM’s label manager: “there’s nothing quite like Sphelm. They have the sort of musical DNA that I look for when ‘adopting’ artists into the BEM family. These songs will seep into your hearts and minds just as they have into ours. It’s great to be working with Mike and Tim, though rather galling that I have to thank Nick again for making the introductions. He’ll be wanting money next…”
These Roots Know No Boundaries will be released in Autumn 2016. In the meantime you can hear their debut EP, ‘Ørenda’, from This City Is Ours Bandcamp site. You can also find out what the guys are up to on their Facebook page.