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Based in London, Pilgrims' Dream is the project of singer/songwriter Rob Ouseley.
Having played in the ten piece folk band Captain Kick And The Cowboy Ramblers in the early days of the West London Folk Scene, followed by 4 years serving as a Royal Marines Commando, Ouseley then suffered from 2 and a half years of debilitating, chronic illness which left him unable to sing and regularly bed-bound. Since overcoming this, he has concentrated on writing music and using recording software to create multi-instrument and multi-vocal part songs.
Heavily influenced by 60's bands such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys as well as contemporary indie folk acts including Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes, Ouseley recently released his first single 'Ocean', which has seen him reach the finals of both the Hollywood Songwriting Contest and the prestigious American Songwriting Awards, and received international radio airplay.
Described as 'incredibly harmonious' by Indie Pop-Ups, and 'emotionally rich' with an 'ebullient and mesmerising sound' by Pop Culture Pipe Bomb, it contains lyrics that are both literal and metaphorical; they are about drowning, but they are also about being overwhelmed by various burdens in life. Written, recorded and produced by Ouseley, combining clear 60's influences as well as more modern folk influences, 'Ocean' is a debut that 'really pops in all the right ways' (Ear To The Ground Music).
He has released several further singles which have gained tens of thousands of plays across the various music streaming platforms. These include the 'stirring' 'Live Your Life' with 'calm harmonised vocals' and an 'intriguing balance' (Emerging Indie Bands), and the 'fresh and recognisable' (Indie Pop-Ups) 'Redemption'. The latter also saw Pilgrims' Dream named Richer Unsigned's 'Artist Of The Week' in August, calling him 'definitely one to watch' and lauding his 'unique blend of harmonically rich music'. Every track released so far has also been featured in the Alexrainbird Music Youtube Compilations which have had millions of views.
He has several more singles due out in the coming months including a remix of Ocean by eclectic DJ Polar Bears Can Dance, and number of collaborations with artists across a broad spectrum of genres.