Artist Watch: Purple Ferdinand

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

First it is the name. What a great name. Purple Ferdinand. Then there is the backstory. A tattoo artist who hails from the UK and strums her ukulele to the songs she's writes all by her lonesome. Yes. I must listen. Then there is the EP entitled Dragonfly. It's hella brief with three songs all clocking in less than four minutes, but, hold on, wait a minute, it's three songs deep, as "Birds", "Speak True", and "Wasn't Taught To" are poetic little charmers that linger after they chime out. Just lovely they are and have Miss Purple Ferdinand sharing table space with Corinne Bailey Rae, Lianne La Havas, and all those other earthy big maned soul chicas of recent. Then we've got the visuals, all three songs get the treatment, and if there was a need for ukuleles to take starring role in a music video, then well sorry, everyone else, but Purple Ferdinand is cooler than us all and has brought the ukulele game to another level. Oh, and she's singing Little Dragon covers? New best friend material right there.

To repeat myself, sometimes you don't need much, just the little things to give you a fuller and more vivid picture and Purple Ferdinand is the sum of many intriguing parts, parts that will make you an instant fan and have you reaching for the repeat button. Trust. You can scoop up Dragonfly for free over at Purple Ferdinand's webspot, and also take a gander at the visuals after the cut for some supreme ukulele heroics.

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