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Gabby Young's twisting roots have carried her and that stunning voice from her native Wiltshire around the UK to land with a bang at the centre of London's music scene. The youngest ever recruit to the National Youth Choir at the age of 12, Gabby was on track to become an opera singer until Jeff Buckley and the jazz greats inspired her to switch teams. 'My family was equestrian and sporty, but I liked being by myself -- a bit of a recluse, really. Still, I did all the styles from goth to hippy to punk.'
In 2012, with a list of accolades as long as a pair of stripy tights, Gabby Young And Other Animals, (otherwise known as the "World's Finest Purveyors of Circus Swing" -- Clive Anderson, Loose Ends, R4) released their new highly anticipated album, 'The Band Called Out For More', on 11th June in the UK.
Written by Gabby (and her partner Stephen Ellis, who also produces), this 13 track work represents a giant sonic step forward. Its colourful avant-garde sound, with lush orchestration, horns and quiet melodies, exudes the best bits of music hall, burlesque, 1920s flapper music, Nouvelle Vague cinema and torch songs. Indeed, Gabby comes across like Rufus Wainwright's energetic younger sister -- bred perhaps on a diet of Bjork, Imogen Heap, and Joanne Newsom -- as she sets out winningly to reinvent her own genre, Circus Swing. 'My sound's matured,' is all she'll say. 'I'll admit that. I've honed my craft. I'm very happy and settled where I wasn't before. '
Lead single 'In Your Head' (also out June 11) allows fans to connect with the upbeat party tempo of the first album. Its witty animated interactive promo video, in which you can 'choose' which animal to be saved from an evil ringmaster, was produced by Gabby's friend Georgina Hurcombe (Lovelove Films). So is it all a metaphor for music industry? 'Perhaps,' sighs Gabby, with a smile.http://www.gabbyyoungandotheranimals.com/
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