London has arguably the best music scene around, with thousands of talented musicians emerging every day, most of which are unsigned acts waiting for their big break.

Unsigned Friday brings you the very best unsigned music artists from around the capital, as well as giving these acts a platform to promote their music.

This week, getwestlondon 's Emily Chudy caught up with Nik and Phoebe, who together are Painting Silence, a duo that create blues and folk music.

The acoustic singer/songwriter pair have been playing music together since the start of the year, and have already played live in multiple venues in their hometown of Cambridge, as well as releasing their debut album Heading Back Home this March.

Painting Silence said: "We are a singer and songwriter duo, with big influences from blues and folk. In terms of bands that influence us, we like Angus & Julia Stone, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Noah and the Whale, and that reflects on our music.

"I think Ed Sheeran is one of our idols."

The duo's debut album Heading Back Home was released in March, and has already had a great reception.

Telling "the story of a journey about heading out and seeking adventures, but eventually realising that home is the place, where you really want to be", the album was recorded in one single session to give it an authentic live feel.

The duo also mixed and mastered the album themselves, having used nothing but two condenser microphones to record with.

Painting Silence said: "It's been good, it's been pretty well received. We've done an initial of 50 copies, and so far most of them are gone.... People are really keen to buy the CD and to listen to it.

"It's kind of our style, doing everything ourselves, we love doing that. We want to keep it as close to a live recording as possible, because we think this is where the songs have the most energy. We really tried to capture that on the album."

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Painting Silence said: "We think that we want to play as many gigs as we can and just go from there. I think if we are ready to start touring and play serious gigs, and maybe do some festivals within the next year or two, that would be great.

"We just want to play music as much as we can."

Heading Back Home is available to order on the Painting Silence website , and will be available on iTunes and Spotify on Saturday April 30 .

Sandy Mill from 97.2 CamFM said: "I am looking forward to just completely binge-listening to the rest of them when I get home."

Upcoming gigs and concerts

  • Saturday April 30: Relevant Record Café, 260 Mill Road, City Centre, Cambridge, CB1 3NF - 01223 244684

For more information on Painting Silence, please visit their website , like them on Facebook , or follow them on Twitter @NikandPhoebe .

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