Alt-Folk artist Simon Russell to release his debut EP Art By You on November 17th via Sony Music International. With a crisp folk sound, Russell has crafted a musically adventurous EP that is warm, yet raw and full of grace. Presave it at your favorite streaming platform here: Simon Russell – Art By You presave (sonymusicfans.com)
Leading up to the EP release, on October 6 his debut song “Moon Eyes” was released. Hear it here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7AdC6XqOdLU2UoF66FYClz?si=2l7zuW7LQ_WBo4ljV33JRg
About “Moon Eyes” Russell says it’s “A personal view of a year, split up in seasons. A song about space and time. How we often let time run away, and how difficult it is to catch”.
Elsewhere on Art By You is the song “Down,” is “a frustrated and raw song illustrating politics and oppression. It also touches on hierarchies, weapon laws, the patriarchy, and xenophobia,” says Russell. “What You Wrote” “is about trying to move on from a darkness that whispers lies to you, about letting go of a false safety and remembering that there is a place somewhere out there where you will feel better” he explains. Lastly on the EP is the song “The Boxer,” a live acoustic, naked interpretation of the Simon & Garfunkel classic.
With roots in both England and Sweden, Russell was born and raised in Härnösand, north Sweden, where he first discovered music and a fascination for art at an early age. He paved the way for his early global success using TikTok as a way to connect with like-minded people and listeners and has garnered over 30 million views, and almost 50k followers. View his TikTok here: Simon Russell (@simonnrussell) | TikTok
With a foot in genres such as indie, alt-folk, folk, and blues his powerful yet emotional voice and poetic lyrics bring honesty and rawness to his music.