If 2016’s "Make Us Happy" was a return to Simon’s folkier roots,  "The Rock, the Sea, the Rising Tide" (September 2019) goes to the soil.   Eleven totally acoustic, guitar finger-picked songs with a sparse balance of additional instruments. The occasional use of violin, cello, recorders and cumbus, round out each song perfectly.

The title of the album is taken from the chorus of "The Ballad of Jago Trelawney" - a story and character based on a real sea battle that took place in 1793 between the English Nymph & French Cleopatre.

Other songs deal with subjects ranging from a shamed Edwardian lady to a delusional lunatic asylum inmate’s dreams of freedom, and the album ends with a touching Ukulele based lament at the climate change disaster that awaits us if action isn’t taken.

Singer and guitarist Simon Scardanelli has released many creatively successful albums, singles and EPs since his initial chart success in the late 80’s with the duo Big Bam Boo. Following the U.S top 40 hit Shooting From My Heart in 1989, Simon moved from London to New York where he lived, worked and recorded in the underbelly of New York’s Lower East Side. His moodily challenging album Death Row Tales in 1994 bears testament to that dark and dangerous lifestyle. Since then he has released 5 albums, 3 EPs and several singles, embracing different aspects and genres of his musical passion

In 2017 Simon re-located to central Brittany, building a studio in an old farm house and gigging across northern France.

If you like intriguing and experimental songwriting, charismatic performing and singing that works in some of the areas explored by the likes of Scott Walker, John Martyn, Jacques Brel, David Ackles and Tim Buckley, you'll be inspired to discover Simon Scardanelli's work.

“This is the 4th solo album (Make Us Happy) from this indie/folk maverick and he’s quickly into his groove here with a kind of Because Of You-era Dexy’s Midnight Runners vibe, toes-a-tapping and accordions, fiddle, cajon, clarinet, soprano sax, guitars and mandolin very much to the fore. It’s a lovely melange of sounds and arranged quite beautifully making for an arresting listening. Bravo.” - The Crack

Tracks have been featured by Tom Robinson on BBC 6Music, and played internationally on a range of stations both FM & online.

A charismatic and engaging solo performer, Simon's shows are peppered with wry anecdotes and dry, self-deprecating humour – he is able to look back on a long and varied career with an ironic appreciation of its highs and lows. Tales of life on the margins of rock and roll, in the underbelly of NYC, and his meetings with an Alien back in the 70s entertain and amuse his audiences.

“Make Us Happy is a spectacular effort, chock full of charm and whimsy, wrapped up in an exotic package full of heavy-duty chops and tones.” Marty Peters, Recording Magazine

“A spine-tingling listen” Maverick Magazine

“You never know what is lurking around That Dangerous Sparkle’s dark corner, but whatever it is will always shock and surprise. Scardanelli is always prepared to take a risk, and we should all hope that it is this experimentation that is the future of British singer/songwriters.” Evan Parker - Base.Ad

“Simon's greatest asset is a fantastic singing voice....his performance on tracks such as They Dance bear comparison to the likes of Scott Walker.” Sound On Sound Magazine

"Inspiring, entertaining, creative, attention grabbing, unforgettable, a true professional musician, songwriter, performer & vocalist. Played our small venue as intimately as it is possible to do, but equally as rewarding in a theatre or arena. Digitally he is amazing, live he is mind blowing." Rob Henry, Real Music Club, Willington, Derbyshire.

“...a beguiling range of powerful sonorities and richly textured vocal styles.” Michael Ward

Patience
A reflective and personal insight into a songwriters creative world. Delicate fingerpicked guitar and confessional lyricism underpins the poignancy of this song, taken from the album The Rock, the Sea, the Rising Tide released September 2019. Look out for the catchy chorus, subtly orchestrated with cello and violins.



Acoustic English songwriting
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Human Nature - the Cry
Taken from the forthcoming album “The Rock, the Sea, the Rising Tide” due out later this Spring, the song deals with climate change and psychopaths. I hope you like it.



Acoustic English songwriting
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The Ballad of Jago Trelawney
Folk meets a touch of psychedelia with this ballad narrative, featuring finger-style guitar, descant recorders and vocals. From the album "The Rock, the Sea, the Rising Tide" released July 2019



Acoustic Folk Sea Songs
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Make Us Happy
England sold by the pound....indeed they were right.



Acoustic English songwriting
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Talk About Glory
A day-dreaming loser thinks he'd rather be all sorts of wonderful people....



Acoustic Folk Punk
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Steve April

4/18/2017 9:15:52 PM
Hi Simon,

Added "Make Us Happy" to three stations. Hopefully, you will view the commentary there.

Hope also you will come by the Pipeline and/or consider starting a station of your own, community's important here, and would love to have you pipe up, in any way you feel comfortable doing. (make us happy lol)

Rawk on...


Steve




Steve April

4/17/2017 2:30:43 PM
Welcome to IAC/IMP...

Love your music.

Fun, and joyous, and you have a rockin' band, w diverse instrumentation. "supple vocal, accordion, sparklin' clarinet-y, in places, and a wild romp, 'oh what a strange world/looks like it's all on tv,' a chronicler, a minstrel jester-poet..." applause station.

Cheers...


Steve



 

       

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