Ajimal is a shape-shifting collaborative project led by Newcastle’s Fran O’Hanlon. With the one constant of expressive and beautiful vocal melodies and lyrics, Ajimal specialises in grandiose haunted pop. He plays a free show at The Islington on Tuesday 21st October.
Releases have secured plays from Huw Stephens at Radio 1, XFM’s John Kennedy, Amazing Radio and 6Music’s Tom Robinson and the likes of Drowned in Sound, Crack in the Road, The Line of Best Fit and the NME have all been quick to pick up on Fran’s ambitious and emotionally complex songs.
Stunning live session ‘I’ve Known Your Heart’ led to Fran being personally invited to support Lucy Rose and Ajimal has toured with Little Comets, supported Lanterns on the Lake and James Vincent McMorrow and has played across the UK as well as dates in Paris and Melbourne. Ajimal’s live show mixes grandiose ideas and intimate moments, experimenting with dynamics and new interpretations of his songs.
Ajimal have recently been featured on Communion Music’s ‘Share More Air’ album, a collaboration with author Nick Hornby, and an exclusive version of ‘Apathy/Apatheia’ was released in February on the Sofar Sounds compilation.
Having graduated from a medical degree in Edinburgh, Fran returned to the North East to complete upcoming concept mini-album ‘Childhood‘ which involves a cast of 50 musicians (including members of Frankie & The Heartstrings, Little Comets and The Lake Poets) and explores the ideas of youth, potential and play. Fran takes his classical music upbringing and experiences to create rich orchestral arrangements, bouncing ideas with producer Mick Ross (Frankie & the Heartstrings, Bridie Jackson & the Arbour) to create a beautiful, flowing set of songs.
The mini-album is preceded a split 12″ single release in November featuring Ajimal’s ‘Nothing Touches Me’ and ‘Droplets’ by Tessera Skies.
“Setting a new benchmark for sensitive pop.” The Line of Best Fit