Solo artist Sharky has finally released her eagerly awaited first EP following the release of its’ title track ‘Fruit’.
The 28-year-old singer developed the EP alongside Todd and Guy Speakman, known as the producer duo Speakman Sound. Before moving to London and working with the pair Sharky found creating music alone was isolating her as an artist.
Since working with bass duo Todd and Guy she has released a string of singles on Soundcloud, including ‘Romanian Moths’ and ‘Hawaii’. From their Sharky’s physchedelic vocals and accompanying funky jazz musical backdrop have gained her the support of BBC 1xtra and 6Music.
Her 5 track collection of genre-bending melodies and other wordly sounds opens with ‘Intro’. It’s refreshing to have an entirely saxophone track, which introduces the listener straight away to the different Sound of Sharky. ‘Intro’ melts into the EP’s title track ‘Fruit’ which heavily contrasts what came before it with heavy beats and a kalidescopic synth sound.
The EP’s title track was inspired by a trip to Chefchaouen in Morocco. The singles beginning is a soundscape from one of the famous bustling markets. “I saw a stall selling sugary treats”, Sharky explains. “Behind the glass display cabinet, there were hundreds of wasps trapped and eating themselves to a sugary death, whilst other wasps were trying to get in. This image fascinated me”. From their ‘Fruit’ was created.
The third track on this EP, ‘Touch’, almost has and R’N’B sound to it. Her dreamy vocals alongside a repetitive beat is something straight out of the 90s. ‘Two Armies’ and previously released ‘Romanian Moths’ follow ‘Touch’ perfectly with their R’N’B, sythesised, dreamy – pop mixed melodies: three genres that unexpectdly work so well together in one track.
‘Romanian Moths’ is really where her love for Stevie Nicks shows through her otherworldy lyrics and the incredible range of her voice. The EP as a whole is funky, alluring and definitely a summer playlist essential.
Make sure to catch Sharky at Norwich’s Wild Paths Festival on October 20th, and stream her EP Fruit here.