I seem to say "different" quite a lot when introducing these new acts to you. I apologise for repeating myself, but this next act truly is different. But, good different!
This next act goes by the name of Ajimal. A collective project that makes delicate, almost beautiful music. A type of music that I'm finding hard to put into words. So I'm going to let Ajimal take it from here...
Hey Ajimal, could you us a bit about who you are and what you do?
Ajimal is a collective project I started in 2010, working with a number of friends and songwriters of different styles which I loved and wanted to mix together. Since then I've worked with a lot of wonderful creative thinkers - musicians, artists, dancers, photographers, all of whom come under the Ajimal umbrella.
This has culminated in the single and video we just released called This Human Joy, featuring Emily Hoile on harp and directed by the formidable Ian West.
How would you describe your sound?
I've heard it described a few different ways recently - from minimal to ghost folk, I try to change the sound depending on the occasion and what I want to do. It typically involves quite an intimate live show and a scaled up, orchestrated recorded sound.
Who would you compare yourself to in the industry right now?
I'm not sure, comparisons are always difficult... and dangerous, but some lovely comparisons have been made to musicians I love and those are very kind. I guess hopefully comparisons can be made to anyone who tries to tell some sort of story in their songs.
So, what can people expect if they come down to one of your shows?
I hope - to listen! I try and boil the live show right down if I'm playing solo and make it really intimate and put a lot of emphasis on melody and lyrics. We're planning the release of quite a large-scale record, which will be called Childhood, and features a pretty huge cast of collaborators so hopefully there'll be a way to show that live too.
What can people expect from your debut album?
Childhood is a concept record looking at different ideas within what it means to be a child - or indeed an adult - at any given point in time. It's so variable from person to person and from generation to generation. I was fascinated by that idea. I wrote it to have a flow and work as a whole rather than a collection of similar sounds.
And what's your favourite song you have written?
I'm really looking forward to letting people hear a track from the record called 'Goudougoudou' (pronounced goo-Doo-goo-Doo) which we recorded live with a 12-piece string section in an old theatre where I used to go to drama classes as a child. It's about the end of childhood and the start of adult feeling, fear of growing old, of death, assuming responsibility and that loss of innocence. It's a very important song to me lyrically. There's a lot of violence in that song.
And finally where can your fans (or new fans) find you?
I'd like to thank Ajimal for taking the time to answer these questions!
There you have it. I'm glad I handed that over to Ajimal, otherwise I would have ended up using a jumble of words that don't really mean anything in an attempt to describe their music. The one word I can definitely use with confidence though, is beautiful. I've never called music beautiful before... Now I have.