New Zealand’s best kept secret since Flight of the Conchords has finally landed in America. Taking a page out of the prolific singer-songwriter book along the lines of Ryan Adams, Pete Yorn, Ben Kweller and Sufjan Stevens, SIMON SPIRE is an artist you can add to your list of musical obsessions.

A sensation in his homeland, SIMON SPIRE, is here to win you over. He calls himself a New Yorklander, having been drawn to New York to record his upcoming album, Four-Letter Words. Spire’s lyrically-driven songs come to life amid buoyant and colorful textures, investigating both individual and collective transformation and exploring the boundaries of identity and human potential. He’s a singer-songwriter for a new generation that also transcends to the older.

Now the moment you have been waiting for is finally here, as Spire is closing out 2011 with the highly anticipated EP entitled No Solid Ground. Five selections of beautifully crafted songs fill the album, laying the groundwork for the full length album to come. Simon’s voice is flawless and powerful. The enthusiastic guitars and beats blend to establish the perfect mix of indie and pop, while still creating a sound all of its own that will appeal to the mainstream masses. An accomplished songwriter whose songs have been recognized by songwriting awards and have charted in the Top 20 and Top 40 in New Zealand, Simon has just won First Prize in the Rock/Alternative category for the 2011 USA Songwriting Competition with his track, A Four-Letter Word, off of the forthcoming 2012 full length.

From the catchy “Knocking On An Open Door,” to the gorgeous piece, “The Blue Pill,” which will surely bring a tear to your eye, every song stands out in its own special way on No Solid Ground. Simon Spire is ready to pull on your heartstrings and capture your ears with this breakout EP. Give a listen to an artist that will have everyone talking in 2012.

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Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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