Collaboration and community are at the heart of Sharky. Before moving to London, the 28-year-old singer found creating music solo was isolating her as an artist, but since working alongside Todd and Guy Speakman as the producer duo Speakman Sound,Sharkyhas released a string of sonically-inspiring singles which have garnered support across BBC Radio 1xtra and 6Music.
NowSharkyreturns with her debut EPFruit; a provocative 5-track collection of genre-bending melodies,bubblingbeats and otherworldly vocals which can be compared to the likes of the late Minnie Riperton and London vocalist NAO, with other influences including PJ Harvey and Stevie Nicks. The record will be available worldwide on August 16thvia ETLW Records..
Inspiration for the title track “Fruit”, released today,came from a trip to Chefchaouen in Morocco, with the soundscape at the beginning taken from one of the famous bustling markets. “I saw a stall selling sugary treats”,Sharkyexplains. “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”, and from thereFruitwas created. Watch here
Themes of the riches of the Earth, it’s goodness, plants and fruits are weaved throughout the EP and reflected in the artwork, which were also designed by Sharky. A lover of art, she cites surrealists Dorothea Tanning and Leonora Carrington as visual influences.
Fruit was produced by Speakman Sound and recorded at their studio based in Cricklewood, North West London. Sharkywill be performing at a number of major UK festivals this summer, with more details outlined below:
5th – 7th July – El Dorado festival – Herefordshire