KNIGHTSTOWN is the solo vocal/electronic project of composer and songwriter Michael Aston. He was signed to FatCat in 2016, after submitting 'Disparity' in 2014, a demo which quickly became one of the label's most listened to tracks on the FatCat Demo site. Working closely with his cousin and producer, Thomas Aston, KNIGHTSTOWN honed the project over the course of a year. The end result is a 1...
Working closely with his cousin and producer, Thomas Aston, KNIGHTSTOWN honed the project over the course of a year. The end result is a 10-track album that is beautiful, dark and everything in between. The self-titled record KNIGHTSTOWN is influenced by left-field downtempo and electronic contemporaries, but still inhabits the world of pop in its broadest sense.
KNIGHTSTOWN's material would sit happily among the likes of Sampha and Jamie Woon. Emotive, falsetto vocals shine through these electronic compositions, and the music searches for the 'sweet-spot between showing emotion and self-restraint'. Hypnotic vocal melodies soar above warm synths, sparse drum beats, and stunning string arrangements. KNIGHTSTOWN maintains a coherent vision throughout the record, keeping one foot in a familiar reality and the other in a future that doesn't seem wholly distant.
Having worked for several years as a freelance composer/songwriter and performer, Aston's extensive experience ranges from composing an Orchestral Overture for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to playing keyboards for FatCat's very own C Duncan.
Following the completion of the KNIGHTSTOWN LP, Aston has worked with composer and producer Matthew Hodson to reshape the studio album tracks into an intense, dynamic live performance set. KNIGHTSTOWN will release his self-titled debut album on FatCat Records in early-2018.
KNIGHTSTOWN session at Brighton's Finest
Posted on Wed, 15th November, 2017
This Monday we heard KNIGHTSTOWN getting featured on Brighton's Finest!
Go check out the interview hosted by brilliant Tony Marks by clicking this link.
Drag forward to 1:24:05 to listen to a beautiful acoustic version of KNIGHTSTOWN's first single "First Cry" and hear him speak about his inspirations and approach to songwriting.
Out Today - KNIGHTSTOWN - Border
Posted on Fri, 10th November, 2017
Over the last few months KNIGHTSTOWN has steadily grown a reputation as a cerebral and hugely talented songwriter.
An EP will land in Spring 2017, but before then, the new single Border is out today.
A headline show at London's Elektrowerkz on 21st November will also be, for many, the first chance to see Knightstown's burgeoning yet accomplished live show.
Listen to the single here
Buy tickets here
Balcony TV - KNIGHTSTOWN - Live Session and Interview
Posted on Thu, 9th November, 2017
KNIGHTSTOWN - Born Music Interview
Posted on Mon, 30th October, 2017
Born Music have just shared a wonderful interview with latest FatCat signing KNIGHTSTOWN, discussing his new single, his thoughts on technology and his classical training.
Have a read of the interview here