In an industry full of explosive overnight successes, it is rare and refreshing when a musician arrives slightly more of an enigma, with a quiet determination and sincerity to make art—and a simple dream in their heart. Oftentimes, this type of artist displays a strong desire to think outside of the box in order to realize a specific artistic vision.
London-born Poppy Ackroyd is a perfect example. Now based in Edinburgh, the composer has many years of classical training behind her in both violin and piano. Learning music in such a rigid academic environment may seem daunting to some, but Ackroyd is clearly distinguishable from many classical musicians. Her desire for reinvention has allowed her to branch out and create something wholly new and original. This came in the form of her debut album Escapement (Denovali Records, 2014). Continue reading