Check out London based singer-songwriter Pallab Sarker’s follow up to ‘Morning in Brixton’, entitled ‘Not Gonna Fall in Love With You’.
Check out London based singer-songwriter Pallab Sarker’s follow up to ‘Morning in Brixton’, entitled ‘Not Gonna Fall in Love With You’.
It seems like it takes a lot of meaningful and often heartbreaking incidents to be able to write quality songs, and Chase The River is the perfect example of this.
Some particularly scarring events have cut the talented songwriter deep, for example, he’s had his fair share of heartbreak, his father passed away, his mother was diagnosed with cancer and to top it all off, he broke his back playing rugby, but arguably, his songwriting has benefited from it.
With an honest and accessible approach to writing his music, Chase The River is a highly accessible artist whose cleverly crafted style is sure to strike a note with anyone who has the vaguest idea of decent music. Now, Chase The River is back with what he considers his best record to date, Recycle Your Regrets, which as you can tell from the title, is a very self-reflective piece of art.
Part of what makes Chase The River so appealing is his apathy in creating a ‘perfect’, polished recording. Sometimes, and particularly with his style of folk music, a slight rawness, and ‘rough around the edges’ sound compliments the vibe much better. In fact, during the recording process, which was conducted somewhat ‘on the fly’, the other musicians hadn’t even heard the material before entering the studio. As a result, there’s much more reliance on the the musicians gelling together with their craft, which helps achieve this rugged sound.
Chase The River has even performed at the Copenhagen songwriters festival, Sunflowerfest and the Pure M music awards show where he was nominated for ‘Best Irish Act’ and ‘Best EP’, and this has led to him also receiving airplay support from BBC Radio Ulster and RTE 2XM.
Having been compared to the likes of Passenger, Joe Purdy and The White Buffalo, Chase The River is the following in a strong folk tradition, but he sets himself apart with some of the finest songwriting around.
Recycle Your Regrets isn’t out until June 17th, so check out more on Chase The River below:
Brand new, from London based singer / songwriter Harry Pane, is his emotionally gripping new release: The Wild Winds EP.
In support of his new music, Pane has just embarked on his first UK tour. This will see him playing a selection of gigs as the headline act, and one as a BBC Introducing artist. Other artists such as Jake Bugg and The 1975 beginning their careers with BBC Introducing, can only provide hope that Harry Pane will continue to produce such high quality music.
Lisa Richards’ voice soothes the soul in her lead single, ‘Frank Sinatra’, taken from her upcoming album A Light From The Other Side.
Richards’ voice appears to me as a beautiful mix of the accented tones of Noisettes’ lead singer, Shinghai Shoniwa, and the calming control of Corinne Bailey Rae.
Australian-born Lisa uses the creative media of music and her fruitful songwriting abilities to explore personal issues within her album; with Richards herself professing, ‘My songs don’t quite fit anywhere. They aren’t ‘commercial’ and yet people are drawn to them, the songs speak to people. There’s something primal and familiar about the songs, the stories, the voice.’ Her unstable childhood provided all the push she needed to fly the nest in search of a music career in the city.
Best described as a blend of soft soul, smooth jazz, with all the melancholy lyrical depth of your classic blues numbers, Lisa’s songs are set to speak to people on multiple levels.
‘Frank Sinatra’ is set to an endearingly quirky animation of emerging nature onto a hazy background; perfectly mirroring the contented sunny Sunday afternoon feel of the song
Lisa’s album A Light From The Other Side is set for release on 21st April.
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It’s likely that Glenn Harrold is the world’s only multi-million selling hypnotherapist who has also forged a career in music, but this simply makes him all the more intriguing.
Glenn has found huge success with his self-help books and apps, which are sold all over the world, but having always had a passion for music and songwriting, he has turned to this as a profession too.
Having released ‘The Wayfarer’ late last year, a song that looked into the folklore of the Peace Pilgrim, Glenn has looked much closer this time with ‘Fading Photograph’, a beautiful ballad telling the story of lost love and reminiscence.
Similarly to his last track, ‘Fading Photograph’ uses the talented vocals of Dean Rhymes, who puts Glenn’s evocative songwriting and musicianship into practice. Dean’s pure and gentle voice combines delicately with a beautifully written piano lead forming a ballad of powerful emotion, further backed up by the subtle string accompaniments.
Being a hypnotherapist and self-help author, there are lot of themes that Glenn comes across everyday including consciousness, spirituality, peace and of course, love: the central core of ‘Fading Photograph’.
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We are living in turbulent times currently, particularly in terms of politics, and turbulent times call for drastic measures. Although the protest song can hardly be called ‘drastic’, it’s a step in the right direction to combatting the problem.
Protest songs don’t really see the light of day anymore, but America’s current situation is without a doubt a justified one for a song of protest and Beldon Haigh has done everyone a favour, writing ‘Freedom’.
The idea for the song came to Beldon in a dream and so he was quick to write it down before he forgot anything. With a delicate, folk-rock-pop style, Beldon’s song highlights the obvious problems with Trump’s presidency, adding in a touch of wit and humour for good measure.
Although Beldon is from Scotland, America’s predicament is close to his heart as his wife is a Honduran immigrant who has family in the US, fearing deportation. Also, Beldon is the father of three children, one of whom is mixed race, and he worries about the kind of image being projected to younger generations by arguably the most powerful man in the world.
‘Freedom’ is a song that campaigns for exactly what it says on the tin. It’s not full of hate, as this would only sink to Trump’s level. Instead, it is a track that acts as a call to arms for people to stand up and be counted, and this is a difficult thing for a song to do.
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‘The Wayfarer’ is the folk-inspired new single from Glenn Harrold, who you may otherwise know as the the famed hypnotherapist and self-help author. His apps and downloads have sold over 7 million copies worldwide making him one of the biggest names in the business. However, Glenn is now branching out, using his musical talents to take a slightly different career direction.
Despite this, his career as a self-help author has created a solid platform to build a music career on. For example, many of the topics and issues that Glenn deals with in his job are ones that he writes about within his music. However, ‘The Wayfarer’, which also features the talented vocals of Dean Rhymes, stems from the inspiring story of the peace pilgrim, a woman who walked across America several times throughout her life in the name of peace. Some of the other subjects that influence Glenn’s songwriting are shamanism, spirituality, love and even veganism.
With an easy listening sound, driven by delicate folk melodies and instrumentation, Glenn’s music is perfect for sitting back and relaxing, whilst there is a strong subtext behind ‘The Wayfarer’ that you can get your intellectual teeth into as well.
Glenn’s hypnotherapy career has also led to him appearing on Steve Wright’s show, Breakfast TV and Five live.
‘Written by a bunch of gypsies that popped out of the back of a caravan’. This is how Clem Darling of Tuffet Bunnies describes the songs on his latest EP, Love Songs for Scarlett. Already, you can see that he is no ordinary artist.
‘Everything’ is the catchiest of the four songs on the EP that creates more vivid images like hoedowns in country barns and people getting merry drinking cider. In the best way possible, might I add.
The fiddle behind the guitar and vocals provides a quintessential folky sound to the classic base of vocals and guitar, whilst the subtle bongo drums and tambourine combo keeps the track sounding organic, and not overshadowing the song’s lyrical centre piece.
Speaking of lyrics, they come originally in the form of an extensive list of compliments, aimed at Darling’s girlfriend, Scarlett: ‘You have talent, you have taste, you are self-sufficient, you don’t need my protection…’. Some might dismiss this as overly simplistic song writing, but the list form fits perfectly for the song’s content; Darling is declaring his love for girlfriend – why beat around the bush? As a result, the song feels much more sincere.
If you’re one of those who likes some comparisons to other artists in your reviews, then here goes. Adam Green is an apt reference point, both his solo work and that with the Moldy Peaches, as well as Futur Primitif and Joe Purdy. But that’s just my opinion, so you might as well check out Tuffet Bunnies nonetheless!
To summarise, I’d be over the moon if this song had been written about me.
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Currently splitting time between their Northern Italian hometown of Padova and the UK’s capital, songwriters Vidal & Curma are a duo making a name for themselves on the London circuit. Playing in some of the most prestigious independent music venues in the city, their reputation has already won them a residency at the revered Proud Camden, where they were invited for repeat showings by popular demand thanks to the innate energy and sense of fun in their songs.
Their music boasts a loose, anarchic freshness without compromising on quality, giving an acoustic twist on the indie likes of The Libertines, The Strokes, Mac Demarco, and Velvet Underground to name a few. But perhaps their closest comparison is less well known – both Vidal and Curma are huge fans of Django Reinhardt, a gypsy guitarist from Belgium who was active from the 30s to the 50s. Reinhardt single-handedly invented the gypsy-jazz genre, and both band members consider him the best guitarist of all time.
His brilliance has clearly rubbed off, and the new three track EP ‘Another Plane’ is a real, offbeat, acoustic treat.
See Vidal & Curma in action with this live Tradiio session here:
Specialising in writing songs about everyday problems faced by many, song themes vary from the difficulty of maintaining relationships nowadays, where everyone travels and moves a lot (‘Another Plane’), to everyday situations that can lead to deep contemplation (‘Tonight’). The final track, ‘Never Say Again’, is about the unpredictability of meeting someone special in a massive city like London.
With each track boasting different elements which make them special individually, the combination of all three tracks makes for a very consistent release. And it’s all tied together with an acoustic irreverence that really sets them apart from other, more pretentious, peers. It’s an approach that clearly works, with the band already getting the attention of Universal Music Group A&R Manager Fausto Donato. A sign of things to come.
This is the first release on Tradiio Recordings, a new record label set up to release the best performing artists on Tradiio, a music discovery app for iOS, Android and Web.
Vidal & Curma’s ‘Another Plane’ EP is due for release on August 10th.
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Influenced by greats like Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, this is an artist with incredible potential with songs like EP track ‘Easy Gone, Easy Come’, which you can find here:
Produced by Sam Jones (Alex Turner, Corinne Bailey Rae) and John Bramwell of I Am Kloot, the EP is just the latest step in what is shaping up to be a very promising music career.
The past twelve months for Dave have been a whirlwind of recording sessions and great shows including Glastonbury Festival, Manchester’s Whisky Sessions festival and a forty date tour of the UK as main tour support to John Bramwell who describes Fidler as “absolutely brilliant”. He has also been featured several times by key tastemaker Tom Robinson of BBC Radio 6 Music.
With a live BBC Manchester session and a feature in national Acoustic Magazine already under his belt, Dave Fidler’s previous single ‘Taking Over’ has really started to make waves for the singer-songwriter. Easy Gone, Easy Come, is the title track from the new EP which is set to retain Dave’s upward trajectory come June 1st.
Based in the North West, Dave Fidler is a supremely talented acoustic guitarist, whose folk style and intricate finger picking underneath a distinct vocal has the ability to warm and break your heart in equal measure. His songs spin tales we can all relate to, around themes of love, loss and birth – all themes shaped by Fidler’s own personal life over the last year or so.
Music is clearly a true passion for the singer-songwriter, who also runs a music school and charity alongside touring. It’s all very impressive work, and with a barge tour of the UK in the works as well as a potential prisons tour at the end of the year, it’s clear to see that Dave is approaching things in a different way.
If you’re still not convinced, we challenge you to watch his recent session for cult YouTube Channel ‘Ont’ Sofa’ without being supremely impressed: