Accompanied by a suitably hypnotic lyric video, ‘Much Better’ is the new single from promising London artist Stephanie Sounds. Taking a quick your through her YouTube channel, it’s clear to see that this is an artist with genuine talent. And with any luck, this latest offering will see her gain followers with the right people in the music industry.
The single, released on September 15th, is something of a slow burner. Opening with simple acoustic lines, it soon builds to a huge, layered chorus which is easy to get stuck in your head. It’s all helped by the natural, smooth vocal of the talented songwriter.
The good news is, if this floats your boat, there’s plenty more on the way. The ‘Much Better’ album follows on the 6th October.
A UK band with their roots firmly planted in the recent traditions of British Rock, Colour Colour are a three piece with true potential. Their new EP ‘Do Something Beautiful’ comes out in all the usual online places this Friday (June 10th) and marks the arrival of a genuine new contender on the indie scene.
As a taster of what’s to come, Colour Colour have released the lead single from the EP (above), and it’s a cracker. Gritty and raw but at the same time slick in its production, it’s clean as a whistle and shows a real proficiency for song writing. It’s upbeat, gets you in the mood for a dance, and has a decent message too. What’s not to like?
Keep an eye on www.colourcolour.co.uk for news on the EP.
When a song reminds you by turns of Adele and early 90s U2, then it’s usually a sign that the writer has done an excellent job of blending genres to create something new. With a vocal that channels the depth of the former, and a bass line which is very reminiscent of the latter, Rachel Alice Johnson seems to have done just that.
‘Lights On’ is not only the first single from her new EP ‘2am’, it’s also the opening track. It’s easy to see why thanks to its powerful mid-tempo and provocative lyrics. The rest of the EP continues in this vein, marking Rachel Alice Johnson out as a head turner in several different ways. The single and EP are both on iTunes now.
Available now on iTunes, the new single from Amanda St John is the title track from recent album ‘Grow’. A well executed power ballad from the top drawer, it’s a great demonstration of the Northern Ireland born artist’s talents.
Her powerful vocal shines throughout, given plenty of room to breathe by the slow tempo and smart, subtle production. If it whets the appetite, you can also find the full album on iTunes at the link above.
A singer-songwriter from the US, Jonathan Cavier is a veteran musician with many years of experience in the music business. This may explain why his new single, ‘Comes a Moment’, is a mature piece of acoustic pop songwriting with top class production value.
Clean, crisp and catchy, the track is on iTunes now, and can also be found as part of Cavier’s excellent album ‘Premier’. For fans of well exectuted, thoughtful pop, this single and album should represent the discovery of a new favourite.
A slick pop single with a valuable message about self-worth, ‘Naked’ is the new track from US artist Brielle Von Hugel. Those who are familiar with American Idol may remember Von Hugel for her recent run to the semi-finals of the show, but now she has taken the independent record label route to start her solo career.
Of course, the exposure she got from the show won’t hurt with her bid to break through in a tough industry. However, those who are sniffy about her reality show beginnings should take a moment to really appreciate the quality of her voice. This is a real talent, and no mistake.
A singer-songwriter with a knack for writing lyrics that you can easily relate to, Luke Potter is a primarily acoustic artist who is currently picking up a lot of traction in certain circles. After the recent release of single ‘All The Same’, Potter has wasted no time in following up with new track ‘Something More’.
Mellow and thoughtful, ‘Something More’ is a tale full of watery imagery – as indicated by the themes throughout the video. It calls to mind some of the slower songs of Ed Sheeran, putting together a laid back guitar line with his smooth, light vocal. If you like what you hear, you can find it now on iTunes.
A trio of talented musicians from the UK, Magazine Gap are a band who have been on the radar a lot recently. In recent months, they have released videos one by one for tracks from their excellent upcoming EP ‘Calling Card’, and finally it’s time for the title track itself to see the light of day.
Continuing the pattern from their previous tracks, the song benefits from adding strong funk and soul influences to the pop structures. Full of neat stabs, technical licks and fine musical touches, the song displays the talent of the players while never forgetting it needs to find an audience. Therefore, what could have turned into talented but troublesome noodling is moulded into a catchy, upbeat pop-funk tune. Roll on the EP – http://magazinegap.com/
Out now on iTunes, ‘Clocks’ is the brand new EP from a very promising new artist in the shape of songwriter Ellie Jane. Released on October 21st, the EP comprises six tracks of really good acoustic pop, fronted by a voice that is delicate but simultaneously powerful.
The intelligence of Jane’s lyricism shines through from beginning to end, and can be sampled in the title track above. And, having already turned heads at Radio 1, there will be plenty more new music on the way. To get on board the hype train, head over to her website.
Out now on iTunes, ‘Future Back’ is the captivating new single from Astronauts of Antiquity. A group who experiment with the boundaries of pop and electronica, they once again find themselves on great form with this new release.
Having gained a following thanks to features with a number of huge outlets, the band seem to go from strength to strength with each new single release, and ‘Future Back’ is no exception. It’s helped too by the charming lo-fi video that accompanies it, capturing the spirit and message of the song very well indeed.
If you like it as much as we do, you can get all the gossip on their upcoming new EP here.