Cardiff-based cinematic alt-pop outfit Angel Hotel release their debut single Key Largo. Inspired by a burning passion for movie soundtracks, the Welsh trio harness emotive themes often found in film and use this influence to colour the music and engage the listener.In their own words Key Largo is a ‘heartfelt, honest account of modern life full of reflective introspection and hopeful optimism backed by a driving pop rhythm and an anthemic closing climax’.
The trio consists of Sion Russell Jones (vocals, guitar) who started his career as a solo singer songwriter emerging on the Welsh music scene, going on to tour the US, have his music featured in Netflix’s Heartland and have his music played on BBC Radio 1 and 6Music. Having released several studio albums under his own name – the songwriting naturally progressed into a new direction that became Angel Hotel.
The visual concepts for the band are the creation of Carys Jones (bass, vocals, graphic design). As well as a long standing relationship with music, Carys has a background in fine art, portrait painting and collage creation. The collaborative dynamic between the two has proven to be a key element in the creation of the band as well as the building blocks that help shape the visual concepts of Angel Hotel.
Completing the line up is esteemed drummer, Jordan Dibble. With a hugely versatile musical preference and an eclectic background in a litany of musical styles ranging from the simplistically saccharin to the absurdly complex.
The band are named after the Angel Hotel in Cardiff. A pastel pink grand Victorian hotel that wouldn’t look out of place in a Wes Anderson film that has hosted everyone from Marlene Dietrich to The Beatles.
With a sound inspired by the nostalgia of 80s cinema, singer Siôn Russell Jones states: ‘I wanted to create something I could picture in those films I loved as a kid. My Dad was a director and film was a big part of my upbringing‘
Angel Hotel aim to create music that you can picture in the films that shaped your outlook on life. Not necessarily a specific stylistic trait but more of a regal feeling of nostalgia and familiarity that helps the listener to connect and relate on an emotional level that transcends comparison and category.They plan on releasing a slew of singles in 2020/21 as well as a full length EP produced by Tim Woodcroft of Long Wave Studios and co-produced by Russell Jones. Expect to see more from the trio in the coming months including live streams, festival announcements and release plans.
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