Ivy branching out

THE striking vocals of Clayhall duo Ivy York cannot be pinned down to one definite influence, according to namesake and lead singer Ivy. She and musical partner Ravi Panesar have melted a range of musical beats, from country to retro Bollywood, into one

THE striking vocals of Clayhall duo Ivy York cannot be pinned down to one definite influence, according to namesake and lead singer Ivy.

She and musical partner Ravi Panesar have melted a range of musical beats, from country to retro Bollywood, into one huge pot. The outcome is their new EP, The Call of Spring.

The record was produced inside the attic studio of the pair's shared house in Sheldon Avenue, Clayhall.

They admit their sound has evolved from when they first met four years ago, and is injected with the wealth of their musical experience.


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"I have been writing songs for the last 10 years and singing all my life," said Ivy. "Ravi has also been producing music for his whole life and playing guitar for many years.

"We've grabbed all our influences and mixed them together. No one wants to put themselves into a certain corner of music."

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Ivy, 28, said some of her favourite acts are Patsy Klein, Johnny Cash, and Radiohead, while Ravi, also 28, and a former pupil of Ilford County High School, Fremantle Road, Barkingside, has more Indie, Britpop and Bollywood influences.

The pair spent around a year-and-a-half recording their EP, the format which they feel will replace albums and singles in the future.

They are now busy promoting themselves on the music scene and have recently played successful gigs in Leytonstone and Camden.

They will be appearing at Redbridge Green Fair, Valentines Park, Ilford, on May 24.

"I'm looking forward to it," said Ivy. "I'm a vegetarian and there'll be some good food there!"

For more information or to buy the EP visit www.myspace.com/ivyyork or www.ivyyork.com

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