Flint Shingle – Isobel Anderson’s new single

Belfast-based musician Isobel Anderson was born in Sussex, and is inspired by the coastal scenery of South East England. Flint Shingle is the first track and new single from her latest album CHALK / FLINT, due for release 2nd June. “The chalk is my skin, the flint is my bones. I came here to set me free.”

““Flint Shingle” is evidence of Isobel Anderson’s growing songwriting prowess, with a conscious effort to develop the production and instrumentation on the record. Isobel’s textured vocals conjure a haunting ambience, she explains, “It is sort of a love song, if only with a nostalgic, almost regretful, sentiment. The idea is that the landscape acts as a sort of sobering force, a marker of myself and what I am now.””

Her work also explores individual and collective constructions of ‘place’. With an MA and PhD in Sound Art, she has already released three studio albums, which have earned over 17 million Spotify streams and enthusiastic airplay on BBC radio. Her live performances include Glastonbury’s Acoustic Stage and The Secret Garden Party; her work has also been performed internationally.

When she was 26, Isobel developed tinnitus, following an ear infection. This has had a profound effect on her life and the beautiful song “Little Sounds of Pain”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiC-JAND_u8 from her third album In My Garden (with Ruby Colley on violin) describes her battle with the condition. She is teaming up with PledgeMusic http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/isobelanderson to release CHALK / FLINT, and 10% of any money raised after the crowd-funding goal is reached will go to the British Tinnitus Association.

Set Adrift

 

Daryl Kellie & Jon Hart are a fingerstyle acoustic duo featuring two of UK’s best percussive fingerstyle guitar-singers. Their new album, Set Adrift, is due for release on 6 May. The YouTube videos featured here give a taster of their impressive style.

What started off as a collaboration idea to write a few songs on a houseboat, resulted in a 5-day tour on the Thames and an album’s worth of material. Set Adrift is a combination of originals and covers drawing in influences from fingerstyle, folk and jazz. It was recorded in a 17-hour stint on the boat giving it a raw and organic sound – creaks and all.

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Lee Endres – “Croft” – debut album

“Born and raised in Stourbridge, Lee Endres is a songwriter who after isolating himself for 3 months on the north-western tip of Scotland is now sharing his debut album Croft.

Written and recorded in an old cottage next to the Atlantic Ocean deep in the Highlands, Croft is part of a cacophony of samples that was composed during his time there. The songs reflect the milieu of the highlands that helped depict a new honest, stripped back and organic approach to his craft. Lee writes about Dementia, alienation, self doubt as well as love, loss and alcoholism.

Embracing a nomadic nature, the past 5 years have seen him travelling around Eastern Europe and living in various cities around the world. Most comparatively it took him to rural Devon where he recorded an album that was immediately scrapped. This was the final push he needed to create a situation in the Scottish highlands to avoid distractions and to concentrate on what was needed to denude. His mental strength was pushed to the limits as he finally found the space and time to put down his scattered thoughts into fragile, brutally honest and bare songs that hide behind no guises.

For Lee it feels like his whole life has been pieced together inside the album, which is consequential to him recording and mixing it himself. This is a keyhole inside the mind of someone who has shaped his life around his music, leaving a trace of fear, guilt and obsession.”

Do have a listen, and share your thoughts in the comments below. It is perfect for a contemplative evening’s listening.

HeadAche – debut album

 

Here’s something to wake you up, and not for the fainthearted!

From Hertfordshire, HeadAche describe themselves as “somewhere between a hardcore punk band and a pop group”, comprising of Leon Parsons – drums; Johnny Bannister – vocals & guitar; Jay Majer – bass and Michael Button – guitar & vocals. They have shared their eponymous debut LP with us and it will certainly blow away a few cobwebs from your weekend. They have been busy promoting the album and gigging in Hertfordshire and London, and have gained a small following as well as a reputation for fast and energetic live shows.

You can listen to the LP above, and also check out these links – see what you think!

The HeadAche LP on iTunes https://itun.es/gb/C2Rahb