Sing Mercy

by Andy Oliveri

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Andy Oliveri releases his debut EP ‘Sing Mercy’ on 16th April 2012 through Cheltenham based indie-folk label istartedthefire records. Taking the form of a beautifully crafted digi-pack (limited to 200 copies) and digital download the five track debut boasts a many-hued spectrum of lyrical themes atop a cushion of intense sentiment, maturity and captivating character.

Growing up reading the lyrics and liner notes of dusty old records have left Andy Oliveri nothing but a storyteller. Echoing the spirit of Neil Young and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, he writes simple folk songs with his heart on his sleeve and words from a bared soul. Evident in the stripped back arrangements of tracks such as ‘My Fathers Son’ and ‘What I’m Told’, the fragility in his voice and guitar allow the songs to breathe, with no overblown arrangements to mask the sentiment. The 5 track debut also includes fan favourites ‘Marching Bands’, ‘The Fear I’ve Known’ and ‘Yellow Balloon’ these songs assuming fuller arrangements, complete with Oliveri’s endearing charm he’s joined by band-mate Romy Quinnen, and fellow istartedthefire family members Boat to Row. Delightfully captured live in one midwinter evening ‘Sing Mercy’ stands a testament to great musicianship and feeling – a moment in time to be relived - in favour of modern day studio trickery.

Released by: istartedthefire records
Release/catalogue number: ISTFCD11

Produced by Marcus Jenkins.
Artwork by Aurelia Lange.

Andy Oliveri- Guitar, Vocal
Michael King- Banjo, Vocal
Benjamin Gilchrist- Guitar, Vocal
Phillip Randall- Double Bass
Romy Quinnen- Vocal


released April 16, 2012



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"Musically it feels like the evolution of someone who has been a stalwart within the Cheltenham music scene. Andy Oliveri has graduated from the folk scene with a completely new musical outlook and with the Mountaineers by his side there is a definite feeling that this show is a corner being turned into new musical directions."
- Vulture Hound Magazine
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