Today, sees the release of Ed Tullett‘s beautifully atmospheric debut album, Fiancé, via Monotreme Records.
At just twenty-two years of age, the Oxford-born and Brighton-bred solo artist has already won acclaim for his remix of Bon Iver’s ‘Hinnom, TX’, which led to further remix work with Local Natives and Ajimal. Tullet has an ongoing collaborative project with Novo Amor and his material has also been featured on TV shows, including Pretty Little Liars, Bones and Catfish.
Fiancé is a rich, epic and ambitious first record. Tullett claims that he is “way past” his formative recordings, and the vast scope he demonstrates on this album – ranging from skittering R&B beats to dream pop keyboards, all held together by waves of Ed’s towering falsetto harmonies – is clearly the work of a refined creative spirit.
Across the record Tullett creates often huge, often hushed, gloomy landscapes, dripping in glistening darkness. ‘Saint’ and menacing lead-single ‘Malignant’ are beautifully crushing synthesized centrepieces, whilst the more organic ‘Posturer’ and the cascading ‘Ply’ are flooded with swells of densely layered soaring vocals, as poetically intricate as they are affecting.
Fiancé doesn’t sound quite like an electronica album, nor a folk record – more of a unique spiralling, consuming entity.
Having stayed under the radar for so long, Ed Tullett has emerged as a fully-formed new voice to be reckoned with.