Blending a range of roots based genres, from jazz to acoustic, excellent songwriter Tom Townsend is ready to open 2018 with a bang, releasing new album ‘Leave It Up To Me’ throughout the UK. Proficient in a number of instruments, Townsend started with drums and guitar but expanding into piano, bass guitar and even mandolin. It makes you sick how talented he is.
It’s culminated in an album which is stuffed to the gills with excellent songs, amongst which you’d be hard pressed not to find something to fall in love with. ‘Be For Me’ is a balladic highlight, as is album closer ‘Slowly’, with its combination of piano and acoustic guitar. It’s in these slower, more contemplative moments that the album is maybe at its strongest, but that’s not to say the more upbeat toe-tappers don’t have plenty to offer.
‘Leave It Up To Me’ is out on January 15th 2018 – offer your support at http://www.tomtownsend.co.uk/
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.
‘Lightning’ is the 2nd single from Amilia K Spicer’s album ‘Wow and Flutter’, and evidence of why so many online outlets are waxing lyrical about this excellent US songwriter. Moody and methodical, the song slowly unfolds like a flower, drawing the listener in with subtlety and quiet – like a whisper you have to lean in to hear.
The result is a solid 2nd single from an artist well worth keeping an eye on. According to her biography, Spicer has made a habit of moving around to different areas of the USA over the years, creating life experiences and a free spirit which illuminates her song writing. The album is turning many heads, and with this video now available there will likely be more new fans on the way.
For more details on the single, album and what’s next for Amilia K Spicer, mosey over to http://www.amiliakspicer.com/.
In the press release for the new single/EP combination from London rapper Stash Peso, there’s a passage that really sticks out from the rest. Describing the influences and inspiration behind his EP ‘Shine’ and new single ‘Glow’, Stash Peso says the following:
‘‘Glow’ is written from a personal place, about being happy with yourself not matter who judges you and tries to mould you into something you’re not’. Meanwhile, on EP ‘Shine’ he says ‘thinking of the name for the EP was straightforward – I’m not a star and don’t want to be but I can still shine.’
Both of these statements speak to a well-grounded artist with a top-class attitude. It helps, of course, that the quality is high in the single and throughout the EP. You should seek it out if you enjoy discovering new talent first.
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.
Al this and more at www.tontenamusic.com
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
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.
At just 20 years of age, Max Restaino has been in and around the music scene for many years already – appearing on the BBC’s Look North Sofa as young as nine years old, displaying his multi-instrumental talents. Since those days, the young man has come a long way and celebrates two big events in his career this month.
On October 21st, Restaino’s new album ‘The Time It Takes’ is released ahead of a huge national tour supporting Rebecca Ferguson, marking the next huge step in a very promising career.
He specialises in a catchy brand of independent pop, as evidenced by single ‘No’ (above) and the album preview, new on YouTube today (below).