Wild Sound Recordings signs to Proper
Wild Sound was founded in 2012 by Polly Paulusma as a vehicle for releasing her own acoustic recordings after leaving One Little Indian in 2008. Since then it has grown to incorporate the works of other artists in a spirit of collaboration and collective endeavour. Its main aim is to disseminate songs and instrumental music to the listening public via digital distribution and via licensing to the world of TV and film, advertising and gaming syncs.
Talking about the new deal, Paulusma said, “I agonised over distribution and which choice to make. It took me about a year – and many helpful conversations including with other distributors and my wonderful trade body AIM – to realise that, as with many things you over think, the answer is obvious: Wild Sound simply has to work with Proper. Just look at their roster, Richard Thompson, David Gray, Band of Horses, Eddi Reader… the list goes on. It’s our spiritual home.”
“I was busy developing my own relationships with record shops and shipping bits and pieces of stock – and I hope those conversations will continue – but with the signing of folk artist Maz O’Connor we really need to bring on the help of a heavyweight and ramp it up. We believe Proper can help us to grow so that we will be able to invest in more amazing upcoming acoustic folk and roots artists”.
Maz O’Connors ‘This Willowed Light’, is the next release from Wild Sound. O’Connor was was nominated for the BBC Folk Awards Horizon Award in 2013 and selected for a creative fellowship with the English Folk Dance and Song Society at London’s Cecil Sharp House, funded by the BBC Performing Arts Fund. She sings both traditional folk songs and her own compositions, and accompanies her uniquely pure voice with guitar, shruti box (an idea she “nicked” off fellow folk artist Karine Polwart), piano and harmonium.