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Indie and Prog – 2016

LATEST NEWS

Tony LoweWelcome to Sunn Creative – an independent label representing music from artists Tony Lowe; Chris Gray; Tony Lowe & Alison Fleming; the critically acclaimed prog album ‘Cold Reading’ by Bram Stoker; and collaborations with a number of musicians such as David Cross (King Crimson); David Jackson (Van Der Graaf Generator); Yumi Hara; Simon Townshend (The Who); & Mark Brzezicki (Big Country) and more.

Simon Townshend, Tony Lowe, Phil Spalding, Mark Brzezecki at The Half Moon, Putney – Jan 29th, 2016 – Read about it here.                ESP

Tony Lowe is very much looking forward to playing guitar with Simon Townshend on the 29th of January. With Mark Brzezicki and Phil Spalding it should be a right good noise and also the same line up as on the ‘Denial’ album. A Four track Limited Edition EP of brand new mixes will also be available on the night. Tickets and information.

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This year sees the release of Tony Lowe’s album project – esp. Joining him as special guests on the album will be; MarkBrzezicki, David Cross, David Jackson, John Young, Steve Gee, Alison Fleming, Yumi Hara, Pat Orchard, John Beagley and a few surprises – aiming for a 2016 release. Update here.  Chris Gray by Marie Reynolds

Chris Gray

Chris Gray is set to record again in 2016! His live calendar is beginning to fill up and we will keep you updated as soon as we can. This winter he started a newsletter – sign up here or if you would like to read it. To keep up with his events, shows, and releases visit Chris’s website.

David Cross BandDavid Cross Band

Sunn Creative is producing a video for The David Cross Band for their upcoming album release.

Everyone had a brilliant time at the video shoot. Great music, musicians, and crew!

2015 News

Sunn Creative Producer Tony Lowe interviewed on CODIGO – CDMX Radio, Mexico. Podcast here  - “Platicamos con el músico y productor británico Tony Lowe, ex integrante de la banda Bram Stoker y colaborador de grandes figuras del rock progresivo como David Cross y Robert Fripp.”Acoustic Magazine

Sunn Creative announces the release of Chris Gray’s debut album ‘Diamonds In Your Tree’.

Read about Chris Gray in the July issue of Acoustic Magazine; ”The songwriting process can change over time so it’s exciting to see what I come up with next” CG

Starless Starlight by David Cross & Robert Fripp, co-produced by Tony Lowe, available now!

David Cross interviewed in Classic Rock describing the creation of Starless Starlight; “Then I spent so long in developing these that they only really came into focus when Tony Lowe came into the project as a co-producer to help bring it all together. You can get so locked into music that you can’t see the wood for the trees. Thankfully, Tony saved me from myself. What I was aiming for was music that was warm yet dark. Something that drew you in, yet also had a certain distance. I think that’s what you hear.” Sunn Creative Producer – Tony Lowe (co-producer of Starless Starlight) -  Continued

Review links below.

Chris Gray

MaverickDiamonds In Your TreeChris Gray’s debut album, ‘Diamonds In Your Tree’ was released April 6th, 2015 in CD Digipak & Digital. Chris creates heartfelt folk melodies with dynamic Britpop overtones and engaging lyrics and in the past has been compared to the likes of Noel Gallagher, Elliott Smith, John Power, James Taylor and The Beatles. Chris’ influences range from Fleetwood Mac to Ray Lamontagne, Otis Redding to The La’s. Order the CD, through Bandcamp and warm up with a free digital download of the music.

On April 1st, Chris Gray (accompanied by producer, Tony Lowe) made an appearance on the Robert Elms Show BBC Radio London 94.9, where he had a chat with RoTony Lowe - Robert Elms - Chris Gray bert and played his new single, ‘She Loves The Morning’ live. Playlist

New review in Maverick – “Diamonds In Your Tree has an ethereal, dreamy ambiance across the 11 tracks. It really is quite addictive and would be almost impossible to compare it. Pretty much out there on its own in style, with oodles of class on top.” See more of Simon Redley’s 4 star review in the May/June issue.

An excerpt from the Faeta review of Chris’s new album Diamonds In Your Tree -”Chris Gray has clearly got some chops. On the evidence of this first album, he’s got some damned fine songs as well…if you want to wrap your ears around some quality songwriting that will lift your heart as well as your eyebrows, you could do far worse than seek out this album.” – Nick Churchill

From the opening track from the debut album, Diamonds In Your Tree, from Isle of Man singer-songwriter Chris Gray, his distinct blend of contemporary indie (think Ocean Colour Scene or The Las) and acoustic pop (in the manner of Elliott Smith) makes an indelible impression on the listener. Not least because he’s clever enough to add just a soupcon of Beatles and Donovan flavours to create an attractive recipe.” More from - Steve Caseman – R2Chris Gray Acoustic & R2

“…a smart debut albumRock Society May-June 15…great to stick on and ease away the day’s ups and downs…an essential.” MH – Full ReviewRock Society

Pick up the March/April 2015 issues of  Acoustic Magazine and R2 RockNReel where Chris Gray songs are featured on their cover-mounted CDs – “…his distinct blend of contemporary indie (think Ocean Colour Scene or The Las) and acoustic pop (in the manner of Elliot Smith) makes an indelible impression on the listener.”-R2

Chris Gray on BBC Radio 2 – Dermot O’Leary Show  Sat, 21st of Feb. Currently his new EP and Album is receiving airplay on a number of UK stations, including UK Country Radio and playlisted on Radio 2XSBristol GLR Soundlab and  Manx Radio.

Chris Gray’s new single ‘She Loves The Morning’ can be heard on numerous stations including BBC Newcastle, BBC-Tees, Radio 2XS, Blast AM, BCfm.

 

Cross & Fripp

Starless Starlight, by David Cross and Robert FrippStarless Starlight by David Cross & Robert Fripp and co-produced by Tony Lowe, is out now! Find out more aboutStarless Starlight’, Creativity, and King Crimson in this Interview with David Cross  or view the promo video below.

Andrew Keeling reviews the album along with a musical analysis here; Sid Smith’s take on the album.

“As a result, this extraordinary collaboration between Fripp and KC alumnus David Cross serves as a gorgeous salute to the most emotionally potent refrain in the band’s history.” Read more in PROG (Issue 56 June 2015).

“A beautiful and unexpected collision of Violins and Soundscapes”. Available at Burning Shed.

“But whatever it’s all about, this is unquestionably one of the most beautiful violin albums I’ve ever come across, and one of the best albums so far this year.” Excellent review of the album here.

“Nocturne and back again: CRIMSO classic makes a stellar return.” – Let It Rock

“Crimson mainman Robert and ex-member David to launch album based on 1974 track” -PROG

The launch concert for the album took place at the Bedford in London on the 26th May. Sunn Creative will be producting a documentary on the launch concert featuring David Cross (King Crimson), David Jackson (Van der Graaf Generator), Yumi Hara and Tony LoweREVIEW HERE.

Here is a brand new half hour documentary featuring David Cross, Tony Lowe, ex-Van Der Graff Generator’s David Jackson and Yumi Hara as they prepared for last week’s Starless Starlight album launch party.

Featured Videos

 

Human Sleeping by Tony Lowe & Alison Fleming

Human Sleeping -Dreams 1 to 8′  – the stunning new album from Tony Lowe & Alison Fleming – out July 1, 2014! – ORDERUpon Completion of Check-Out – you will receive a link to the free, exclusive – MP3 Download of ‘Drifting Over’ by Tony Lowe & Alison Fleming.

Think Pink Floyd go trance.” Record Collector

Bram Stoker - Cold Reading

With over 23 excellent reviews in the music industry press – Bram Stoker’s ‘Cold Reading’ is a must for those fans of classic-symphonic prog. See a recap of reviews and links here. “It’s all rather beautiful in a gothic way…still symphonic but warmer and more assured – suggests they’ve much to offer the prog revival.” Full review in January 2014 issue of PROG.

Chris Gray - Don't Lose Your Way

October 26th, 2013 sunn creative released the debut EP, ‘Don’t Lose Your Way’, from the talented singer/songwriter Chris Gray. Chris creates heartfelt melodies with dynamic folk overtones and engaging lyrics. We’re excited about Chris’s music and looking forward to his new 2014 release – Check out Chris’s event page for live shows!