More new music to sample – just a short Soundcloud list this week, with the remainder on YouTube (links provided). Have a listen and let us know what you think, in the comments below. Many thanks to all contributors.
Malory – Rapture: “South London singer/songwriter and creative multi-coloured pop artist Malory gears up for her debut EP ‘Dystopia’ with the release of lead single ‘Rapture’. The epic production comes courtesy of Danny George as the pair deliver 3 minutes of blissful alt/pop. The orchestral driven anthem ebbs and flows beautifully using layered vocals, tribal drums and folk elements. The 22-year-old has been championed on radio XFM; BBC Radio2, and BBC London. Other highlights include supporting George Ezra on tour and live performances at BBC Introducing Hyde Park and for a BBC 6 Music Chris Hawkins’ showcase event.”
Simian Ghost – When You’re Ready: “Simian Ghost started out as a recording project by Swedish songwriter Sebastian Arnström and after two well-received solo releases, became a fully-fledged band a few years back – picking up extensive international press and acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, The Guardian (who called Youth a “contender for album of the year”) and, most impressively of all, a lead review in The Times which saw a certain Bruce Springsteen designated a small column that week instead… “When You’re Ready” is the 3rd track to be released from their upcoming self-titled LP.”
Jon McNulty – Broken Leaves: “Jon McNulty is a multi-instrumentalist and audio engineer from Chicago. With his debut EP ‘Traffic on Lake Shore Drive‘, he steps out from behind the console (and drum kit). “All the parts in Broken Leaves were recorded and played by me, except the children’s choir,” Jon explains. …”Not only were they great singers, but also to hear the parts I’ve had in my head for the past year right in front of me was one of the most organic feelings I’ve ever had. We recorded in an old church associated with the program and it came out beautifully.””
Circe’s Diner – Who Dares: Circe’s Diner are Rosina Buck and Bronte Shande, who met while studying in Bristol in 2014. There’s lots of info here , including upcoming tour dates.
The Nickajack Men – Running: “Falkirk-based four piece The Nickajack Men are preparing to release their debut EP Wasting Away, out now via NJM Records. The theme of the EP explores the difficulties and frustrations experienced by aspiring young musicians as they try to break free from the environment they have grown up in, preparing to take their first steps into a larger, daunting world. From the first note of the opening track, forthcoming single Running, the momentum builds slowly with lead singer Lewis White’s country-tinged vocal style taking centre stage.”
Stars and Rabbit – Man Upon the Hill: “Indonesian folk-pop duo Stars and Rabbit are set to unveil their magical new video for single Man Upon The Hill, out now via Green Island Music. The video is a feast for the eyes; visually stunning from the offset, framing the captivating lead singer Elda Suryani and guitarist Adi Widodo in numerous ethereal landscapes in their native Indonesia. This video was directed by Bona Palma, in collaboration with senior D.O.P Arief Pribadi, telling the story of two separate entities unwittingly interconnected by time and space.”
Gallery 47 – Cold Fire: “Since the release of his critically acclaimed album Clean, alt-folk songwriter Gallery 47 aka Jack Peachey has been preparing to share his colourfully political follow up album, Adversity Breeds. This second album, as part of a trilogy, will be out on 22nd September 2017 via AWAL / Bad Production Records. Jack explains “if Clean was the romantic album, Adversity Breeds is the divorce”. Jack maintains his signature soft, vibrato throughout whilst effortlessly blending his intricate guitar plucking and storytelling charm.”
Pat Dam Smyth – Juliette: “…(Here is) Northern Irish musician Pat Dam Smyth and the new video for his current, bold and bluesy single ‘Juliette’. This is the first offering taken from his upcoming release, out later this year. ‘Juliette’ is about a young woman who escapes an abusive relationship, and is a symbol for escaping from violent situations and a beacon of hope in an often tough and gloomy world. The video is dark and brooding, yet beautifully captivating, and I think it would fit nicely on The ‘Spill.”
Tele Mori – Regular Nightmares: “The song is just the second offering from the Windsor three piece, following predecessor ‘Swan Song’… The songs centre around modern culture, and the band’s name is a gentle nod to the battles of technology. In essence, the band capture the ever changing society we live in. With ‘Mori’ being Latin for ‘to die’, the band name inspired by ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’. They say “we feel all the mediums we live our lives through are constantly reborn and changed with the times.””