REVIEW album Simon Russell Art By You

New Folk Artist Simon Russell Delivers Art By You

Art By You

Simon Russell

Alt-Folk artist Simon Russell’s debut EP Art By You was released via Sony Music Sweden. With a crisp folk sound, Russell has crafted a musically adventurous EP that is warm, yet raw and full of grace.

The EP opener "Moon Eyes" is a slow, soft, and sentimental acoustic ballad, at least to begin with. It is gorgeous, embracing, and lush for all its perceived simplicity. Engaging and compelling, like all good narratives. So, by the time he chooses to make his sonic mark, a short, sharp, and shockingly impressive, squalling storm of sound, it is just the icing on the cake, a transitory yet powerful musical event rather than the actual point of destination.

"Down" proves just how little a song needs adding to when you have a voice this is engaging and powerful, and "What You Wrote" is lovely and lifting.

He even delivers his vulnerable and heartfelt take on Simon & Garfunkel’s "The Boxer".

With roots in England, Ireland, and Sweden, Russell was born and raised in Härnösand, a small coastal town in the north of Sweden. Throughout his youth he discovered music and a fascination for art, photography, and writing. He paved the way for his early global success using TikTok as a way to connect with like-minded people and listeners and has garnered over 30 million views, and over 50k followers.

With a foot in genres such as indie, alt-folk, folk, and blues his powerful yet emotional voice and poetic lyrics bring honesty and rawness to his music.