More new sounds for you! Please let me have your comments below, along with any recommendations for new music you’d like to share. If anyone is thinking of sending us a link, Youtube or Soundcloud are preferred because it’s easier to make a playlist – but I’m grateful for all contributions, just sorry we can’t feature them all. Today we start with the Youtube playlist above, details as follows:
RHYS – Swallow Your Pride: Rhys Clarsted Frank was born in Oregon in1997 and moved to Sweden in 2007. Her dad is American and her mum is Swedish. Growing up, she showed a great interest in the arts, theatre, dancing & singing and over the years she took part in several talent shows and children’s productions. This is her first single, written with songwriter Jörgen Elofsson (Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, Westlife). They met a year ago when Rhys came to Jörgens studio after being recommended as a demo singer. This made me think of Hannah Reid, in places (London Grammar).
Robert Randolph and the Family Band – Got Soul: One for Ravi. “Referred to by many as the “Jimi Hendrix of the pedal steel guitar” and named one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time by Rolling Stone, Robert Randolph is back with his fifth studio album, Got Soul, out February 17, 2017 on Sony Music Masterworks. The band premiered the album’s title track, “Got Soul” with Wall Street Journal. “[The song] came from thinking about the goodness that everyone naturally has within their soul” Randolph says. “I want people to put on their blinders, take a break from real life, and reconnect with who they are.””
Avumi Ishito – Lack of Elegance: A taster. “On Friday, December 16, the saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Ayumi Ishito will release her debut studio endeavour, an album entitled ‘View From A Little Cave.’ The new collection of songs, entirely composed by Ishito, will be available on all major digital music platforms. Furthermore, a record release show is tentatively scheduled for New York City in February of 2017. Ishito’s new album was recorded with her longstanding quintet, which was formed in 2011. Unlike traditional jazz saxophone quintets, however, Ishito’s outfit focuses on musical stylings more akin to indie, progressive, and avant garde music.” Read more here: www.ayumiishito.com
sidizenking – Eye for an Eye: sidizenking says “I just finished creating a mashup video to promote my latest release. The video encourages engagement by asking “Which Decade Danced Best?” The video then proceeds with 100 clips taken from iconic music videos, television shows, and films that are in sync with my song “Eye for an Eye”. The video highlights the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’s, and 10’s and the clips appear in order by decade.”
Stellarion – Freedom Express: Parisian electronic band formed by brothers Paul and Vincent; this is their debut song. I’m not usually a great fan of electronic music but I like the way this starts off rather strangely and then builds with a bass beat.You can find out more on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StellarionOfficial
Andy Leung – Organ: Andy Leung is an artist and producer. “The track re-interprets DJ Shadow’s classic track Organ Donor (from the album Endtroducing) with Tears by Giorgio Moroder. Andy added his take and played the organ part himself plus producing the track in a deep house style. To let fans experience the creative process, a remix game was also created (play it here, requires Google Chrome desktop: http://bit.ly/2eFzFTm).”Next live show at London’s Southbank Centre on 16th Dec 2016. Press notice here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bw-ftNKrldgjeUtFcnBZbUF0QzQ
Victor Perry – Missing (Everything But The Girl cover): From Atlanta, Victor describes himself as “a small-town guy with big city dreams … singer-songwriter/vocalist.” He certainly has a great voice.
rabbitfoot capers – Apricot Skies: Unusual but interesting song, about Elizabeth Siddal. They say: “Rabbitfoot Capers are a UK Bristol based band formed with some common ideas and themes in 2014, playing original and (just for balance) unoriginal compositions. Band members are Tracy Walker (guitar/vocals) and James Caldwell (guitar/keyboards). We enjoy creating and playing music. We are not “artists” and are most definitely not on a “journey”!” Album: “bell hooks and bottle caps” – available for download at: http://cdbaby.com/cd/rabbitfootcapers (I’m just off to do just that …)
Zelt – Diminishing Returns (and) Boy From The North – “A pre-release, private Soundcloud stream, https://soundcloud.com/zeltmusik/sets/birthday/s-rLZJU hosting the new release from London-based artists, ZELT. The 2-track single called “Birthday” features “Diminishing Returns” – a marriage of alternative, electronica and nihilistic pop, – and “The Boy from the North”, an unapologetically grandiose track, less narky perhaps, but still with a healthy dose of neurosis.” Release date is 13 December, and you can read more on the website here: http://www.zelt.org.uk/ . I particularly like “Boy From The North”.
Tall Heights – River (Joni Mitchell cover): “Named as Paste Magazine’s “The Best of What’s Next” and one of SPIN’s “Five New Artists You Should Hear”, Boston duo Tall Heights pay tribute to one of their singer-songwriter idols, Joni Mitchell with a unique cover of “River,” from Mitchell’s famous 1971 album, Blue.” It’s a brave thing to do, and successful, I think! Read more here (scroll down for the track): http://www.refinery29.com/2016/11/130123/tall-heights-joni-mitchell-cover