Gabrielle Aplin has just released ‘English Rain’ EP in America, featuring tracks from her début album along with a fresh cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Case Of You’…
When 21-year-old British folk singer Gabrielle Aplin stepped off the plane at JFK yesterday, she wanted to see everything. "Is the Chelsea Hotel, like the Leonard Cohen song, a real place?" By everything, she meant the landmarks of the 1960s New York that belonged to Patti Smith and Bob Dylan, the remnants of the folk musicians who inspired her while growing up in Somerset in the southwest of England (also the hometown to musician Ben Howard).
Aplin is a self-taught musician who first started writing music at 15 and posting covers to YouTube. She grew a cult online following for her soft, breathless sound and impressive range (think Ingrid Michaelson and Inara George), and was signed to Parlophone Records in 2012. Her first album, English Rain, went platinum in the U.K. and Australia and her cover of "The Power of Love," was a top 50 hit single on BBC radio's U.K. charts (in America, it was used to tease the ABC drama Resurrection).
For the past year, her success has lead to big-name tours with John Mayer, Gotye, and Ed Sheeran.
The EP was released just yesterday (May 6th), and sees Gabrielle on a US tour in support of the release.
"When I was making my album I was listening to bands like The National and Coldplay and I really wanted big, anthemic sounds, but it still being beautiful."
The album blends a soft, reflective tone—about first love and coming into adulthood—with the escalating force of a ballad. The day her album hit, she had a line from T.S. Eliot's "The Hollow Men," tattooed into her inner arm in memorandum of the occasion. It reads: "Our dried voices, when we whisper together, are quiet and meaningless."
"I am really inspired by poetry and I really love words. That's what I really love about Joni [Mitchell]. She writes things and then she is able to sing it."
Today, Aplin debuts her first U.S. EP, also titled English Rain, a preview of her U.K. album for American audience. In an exclusive premiere, Aplin shares her cover of Joni Mitchell's classic hit, "A Case of You."
Listen here, and catch her tonight for her first New York show at Webster Hall. Also check back to catch more tracks from her EP performed live at the ELLE.com offices.
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her face and her fashion styles sometimes reminded me of Zoey Deschanel.. but anyway Salvation is my favorite song of her ;_;