Stefan Drechsel announces release of his much anticipated debut album Here and Now for Spring 2013

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The debut from the London based singer songwriter Stefan Drechsel (pronounced Drexel) is one event to look forward to in 2013. The versatile and highly talented songwriter uses only few instruments to create rich, imaginative and soothing sounds – his first single “The Blue Yonder” already builds anticipation of what is yet to come.

Stefan Drechsel's debut album Here and Now
Original and moving, Here and Now is familiar like an old friend leading you home, with a soulful energy that will warm your heart

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"Here and Now is about the connection to yourself and the world around you," says London based Stefan Drechsel whose music has been described as a perfect blend of the young Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and John Martyn. The German born singer songwriter who wrote, performed and produced all 14 songs on the album himself has already published the debut single "The Blue Yonder". It has been praised as a "perfect representation of those moments of beauty which materialise from ether but disappear before they can be captured in a song" (Mudkiss Fanzine) and is like a blue print of the journey ahead. Soft vocals lead you through quiet melodic memories before the heart-soaring crescendo of the chorus throws you into an uplifting world filled with emotions, eventually sliding down into a lucid interval of stillness, as if from beyond.

Here and Now welcomes the listener to explore hidden moments of magic, infinite possibilities and reconnects one with things extraordinary precious and real. Playing all instruments himself, Stefan stimulates imagination while simultaneously soothing and giving the listener moments to breathe. "The space in between the notes is where the music happens," says Stefan echoing Miles Davis famous statement. He masterfully arranges his music around pauses, creating a rich, complete sound without the use of percussion. "Rhythm is something that happens in everyone naturally," he says.

Original and moving, Here and Now is familiar like an old friend leading you home, with a soulful energy that will warm your heart. Songs from Here and Now such as Fools of Love featuring Cecilia Delgado, September, St James Park, Early Morning Sun (available on Soundcloud as samples) are shining displays of Stefan Drechsel's versatile talent and deep quality.

Stefan was born in Germany and lives in London and has been creating music as a solo artist and collaboratively since the early nineties. Here and Now will be available on Moving Close Records in spring 2013 (originally dated for December 2012).

Samples from Stefan Drechsel’s debut album Here and Now are available on Soundcloud:

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