With a debut album on the way next month and an original, noirish funk sound to show off, Organisms have set the table very nicely indeed with lead single ‘Games Non-People Play’. By turns nightmare inducing but visually compelling the video clip above is the perfect accompaniment to the fuzzed up production of this toe-tapping track.
It bodes well for the album, out July 7th, which will represent the culmination (so far) of work from one of East Anglia’s more prolific songwriters. Joseph Quinn has, over several years, carved out a niche for himself as one of Norfolk’s hardest working independent musicians, a work ethic which brought him to the attention of Tontena Music chief John Vigar. It is through Tontena that Quinn’s latest project, Organisms, now find themselves looking forward to that debut LP milestone. Long may it continue.
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The video above is as good an introduction to a new independent release as you’re ever going to get. With a wide cast of characters, it does a top job of encapsulating a project which should be lauded for shedding a light on such a wide array of independent talent.
In short, the Nine Beats Collective is an album which showcases the talents of writers, musicians, poets and troubadours. Each contributor has a unique style, and the songs are each designed to highlight cultural and political issues in the world today.
It makes for a sprawling LP release, totalling an incredible 26 tracks. Such is the passion of the people involved that it makes for a compelling listen through out. If you can’t find something you enjoy in here, you’re not listening.
Still going strong on her third album, Amilia K Spicer is one of a cluster of US female roots artists currently plying their trade. It’s been a long time since this particular musical demographic has been so strongly represented, and excellent songwriters like Spicer are the reason why.
Heartfelt and compelling, her songs often reflect her upbringing and the various places she’s called home. New album ‘Wow and Flutter’ offers many lyrical examples of this, while the new video for single ‘Fill Me Up’ sees Spicer revisit the Pennsylvanian woodlands in which she grew up. This connection to place gives her songs real depth, and makes the album well worth getting excited for.
‘Wow and Flutter’ is out April 28th
Evocative and infectious in equal measure, ’17 Days’ is the new single from LA band on the rise Angie and the Deserters. Blending straight up rock with a pop-fuelled country sound, it’s the third single in the row which shows that this band are one to be reckoned with going forward.
They are already picking up steam online with their energetic and well produced songs so far, and each one seems to be stronger than the last. It’s a pattern which will be tough to retain, obviously, but even if they can just keep their batting average this high then Angie and the Deserters will be a band whose wagon is well worth riding on.
The single is out now on iTunes
Quickly building a reputation for their passionate and emotional song writing, US roots outfit Angie and the Deserters have returned with another single from their latest EP (‘You’) – the excellently titled ‘Forgetting to Forget’.
Even the title is evocative, which is only enhanced once those guitars start strumming and the heart strings are tugged by the thoughtful lyrics. Specialising in thoughtful Americana country-rock, this is a band well worth paying attention to. Whether you’re already partial to a touch of roots music, or just prefer your pop music to be catchy and accessible, there’s something here for you to enjoy.
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.
A country-folk song in the grand tradition of great break-up tunes, ‘You’ is the title track from the brand new Angie and the Deserters EP. Accompanied by the melancholic but compelling video above, the song is something of a slow burner, but infused with lyrical feeling throughout.
Carried by the vocal of the eponymous Angie, the song does a great job of describing fresh heartache. It’s a premise well covered in the genre, yet Angie and the Deserters somehow make it feel fresh. If this is an indication of what to expect from the EP as a whole, it’s an easy one to recommend.
With a website titled ‘Real Music Network’, it’s only fitting that we pay tribute to new artists who create new music at its most ‘real’. Arguably, there are few genres more immediate, raw and ‘real’ than folk, so it’s always great when a new folk artist picks up some good traction in online circles.
Philip Murray Warson is just such an artist. His previous EP ‘Last of the Hunted’ already won him a host of online fans, and now new download single ‘The Trees They Grow So High’ has been featured by Mark Radcliffe on his BBC radio show. It’s a great sign for an artist looking to build a reputation in the industry, and not bad at all considering the single is a simple, online free download release.
You can get it now from soundcloud alongside another free download in ‘The Falling of the Leaves’, or you can head over to Bandcamp to get those tracks alongside three others as part of Philip Murray Warson’s most recent EP.
Clocking in at a tidy 5 tracks totalling around 20 minutes, the new EP from original song writer Joe Rhinewine is a short, sharp and well judged introduction to perhaps one of the most unusual artists you’re likely to hear this year. With a healthy respect for the skill and musicianship that goes into old school funk and blues, Rhinewine has embraced the style for his ‘Songs from NowHere’ EP, but adapted it to make it his own.
The blues foundations of the record, which are played with real dexterity by Rhinewine himself, take something of a backseat to his unique lyrical writing style and delivery. As a practicing Buddhist, it won’t surprise you to learn that some of his songs take on a real depth of meaning and feeling, while others border on the banal. Take for example the track above – delivering sly humour while not being about anything in particular. This blend of the blues, the deep and the shallow make for a very compelling collection, well worth seeking out on Amazon if you’re in the mood for something different.
Stop the presses people – at long last we have the crossover we’ve been looking for. Blending real, rocky tones with the accessibility of straight up pop, Ashley J is perhaps the finest example of this mix since Shania Twain. That might sound like damning with faint praise, but it’s not – Twain’s music was a superb blend of rootsy charm and dancefloor filling tuneage, and Ashley J captures that feel perfectly.
New single ‘Dare Ya’ is out now – a third single which is further making her case as a next big thing of pop.