Popshop UK listens to Elliot Porter’s new EP Keep Going
Inspired by songwriters including Damien Rice, Glen Hansard and Neil Young, Elliot Porter self-produces, blending emotive and powerful chord arrangements with catchy tunes and strong vocals.
Elliot’s debut E.P Sleeping Under The Stars, November 2012, includes the track ‘She Only Goes’ which immediately went to number one spot on Cambridge 105FM’s unsigned chart where it held top position for 13 weeks. Elliot reached the area finals of the Open Mic UK Competition.
Elliot’s band The Missing Pieces established themselves in London and the South East following a headline spot at Stortfest and an appearance at Brownstock, which earned them a residency in Portobello Road’s Acklam Market. In July 2013 they released their debut single ‘Joanna’, which also topped the Cambridge 105FM chart and got airplay on indie shows from Cambridge to LA.
Another single followed called Down The River as Elliot started work on his solo E.P Keep Going, recorded and produced with Dave Gerard at Watchmen studios.
Keep Going contains songs which are more earthy and reflective than previous work and has already had many positive press reviews.
Elliot was nominated for Best Male Solo Artist at The Cambridge NMG Awards and appeared on their charity Christmas single, which received Radio airplay from BBC Introducing.
The Keep Going E.P includes a title track single and a duet with folk artist Melody Causton and backing vocals from former Bombay Bicycle Club singer Amber Wilson.
Performing on the EP alongside Elliot Porter on vocals, guitar and piano, are: Jack Daubney on bass, Tom Dulieu on drums except track one which was Stacy Plant, Dave Gerard on banjo, bass and guitars, Amber Wilson sings backing vocals, Rachel Lanskey performs strings and Keep it To Yourself was co-written by Melody Causton who also provides vocals.
Elliot toured the UK this summer, returning home to another NMG Award nomination. His E.P Keep Going will be released on Matchbox Recordings with distribution from Universal Music Operations on 23 November 2015.
What the press say about Elliot Porter:
Ian Markx, songwriter and journalist – “The EP has the flavours of Ray Lamontagne, Paolo Nutini and Mumford & Sons. The mix of bass, acoustic guitar, piano and percussion gives the songs an organic demeanour and authentic edge. The songs are classy folk pop at its finest”.
Chris Grayston, Future Music: – “Elliot is a creative songwriter with a powerful vocal to drive through any song”.
London FM – “Elliot Porter’s music is beautiful with lovely Lennon and Damien Rice-esque melodies that stay with you and touch the soul”.
Out 23 November 2015. Here it is on iTunes:
Video for a previous release “Over Again”
Some Live Dates
11th November – The Cambio Lounge, Bishop’s Stortford
21st November – The Portland Arms, Cambridge
18th December – The Sebright Arms, London