Justina Shandler – ‘Creature’

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‘Creature’ is the brand new single from Miami-based singer-songwriter Justina Shandler.

Between studies and work, Shandler spends whatever spare time she can find, penning music for her forthcoming album. Such is the stunning nature of ‘Creature’, one can only hope that it is a taste of things to come. Joined by Gene Knific, and Jackson Firlik, it is a potent song of enigmatic beauty. The striking vocal delivery sounds both wise and beautiful, imbued with a striking level of touching emotion. ‘Creature’ intricately weaves between the bright and dark, exquisite arrangements including cello, banjo, acoustic piano, and electronics, which swells to climax with an all consuming finale. Undoubtedly the power and purity of Shandler’s vocal is the undeniable focal point but the music too, is beautiful. She’s got such a knack for drawing out emotion without overcooking the song with flickering moments of warmth amid the haunting shadows.

Listen to the enchanting and entrancing ‘Creature’ below. Purchase it here.

Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #12

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A new regular addition to blog, a relatively short weekly Spotify playlist featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears over the course of past 7 days.

Clocking in at just over an hour, it’s an easily digestible slice of new music, just in time for the weekend. There’s a nice mix of genres and styles too, allowing me to share even more top tunes for your ears. Well, without further ado, here’s #12. Enjoy the tunes & enjoy the sun!

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Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #11

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A new regular addition to blog, a relatively short weekly Spotify playlist featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears over the course of past 7 days.

Clocking in at just over an hour, it’s an easily digestible slice of new music, just in time for the weekend. There’s a nice mix of genres and styles too, allowing me to share even more top tunes for your ears. Well, without further ado, here’s #11. Enjoy the tunes & enjoy the sun!

You can follow me on Spotify here.

Slow Skies – ‘Dancing’

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Already with a number of EPs under the belt – ‘Silhouette’, ‘Keepsake’ & ‘Close’ – Slow Skies, better known as Irish musician Karen Sheridan, is now set up to release her debut full-length, written in rural Sweden and produced by Ber Quinn (John Grant, Lisa Hannigan, Divine Comedy).

With the album’s lead single ‘Dancing’, we’re served a sumptuous introduction to the forthcoming Slow Skies record. Wonderfully charming, warm but bittersweet, ‘Dancing’ opens with handclaps and gently blossoms into a sumptuous pop song. Swathed in soothing ’60s sounds, syrupy melodies and bursts of joyous brass, combine with a modicum of keys and the richly honeyed melodic purr of Sheridan’s vocal to cast a bewitching spell. There’s a lingering sense of misty-eyed melancholia, which only adds another layer of irresistibly to this exquisite piece of pop perfection.

No confirmed date yet for the forthcoming LP but on the bright side, that allows plenty of time for getting acquainted with ‘Dancing’.

Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #10

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A new regular addition to blog, a relatively short weekly Spotify playlist featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears over the course of past 7 days.

Clocking in at just over an hour, it’s an easily digestible slice of new music, just in time for the weekend. There’s a nice mix of genres and styles too, allowing me to share even more top tunes for your ears. Well, without further ado, here’s #8. Enjoy the tunes & enjoy the sun!

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Alanna Eileen – ‘Knowledge’

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Every now and then we encounter a song so tantalisingly brilliant, that it stops us in dead in our tracks, instantly demanding your full and undivided attention.

Once such track is the divine new single from New Zealand-via-Australia singer-songwriter, Alanna Eileen. Entitled ‘Knowledge’, it is incredibly evocative, pure and beautifully haunting folk music. The first thing that hits you is Eileen’s pure-toned and ethereal voice. Delicate but with an understated strength too, it is paired beautifully with finger picking and acoustic guitar, gentle harmonies, fleeting keys and a country-tinged ambience. These elegant, beautiful arrangements are not over complicated, and provide a stunning canvas for Eileen’s stunning vocals to bewitch and beguile. Enchanting and ethereal, this one showcases incredible songwriting prowess and captivating voice.

Take a listen to ‘Knowledge’ below:

Introducing: Twinsmith

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Twinsmith are an Omaha-based indie outfit with a sunny disposition and a penchant for chilled-out surf pop vibes.

Rising from the ashes of Americana-inspired outfit called Betsy Wells, the current incarnation of Twinsmith – consisting of Jordan Smith (vocals, guitars) and Matt Regner (vocals, guitar, keyboards) drummer Oliver J. Morgan and bassist Bill Sharp – have two albums under their belt with a third due this year. Entitled Stay Cool and penned for release on July 14; ahead of which we’ve been treated to two singles ‘Matters’ and ‘Boji’. A sparkling piece of stellar pop-craft, the former gently wins you over and engulfs your very being, as shimmering guitars mingle with soft but steady beat, hushed, hazy vocals and some lush synths. ‘Boji’ meanwhile, is just as alluring. Led by a soft breeze of instrumentation, this gorgeous track is tender and restful, and imbued with warmth of golden summer glow. A blissful moment of sun-kissed enchantment. Two alluring chill-outs to repeatedly fall in love with.

The band will release their forthcoming album Stay Cool via Saddle Creek on July 14, 2017. For now, sample the delights of ‘Matters’ & ‘Boji’ Below.

Sean Gadd – ‘Never Be Beautiful’

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Sean Gadd was a founding member of Grouplove and since parting company with the LA-based outfit, Gadd has been ensconced in his solo project under his own name.

Earlier this year he introduced listeners to his new solo work with the single, ‘Radar Sounds’ and following it up with latest single ‘Never Be Beautiful’. On the surface, ‘Never Be Beautiful’ is a cheerful, bouncy and bubbly pop song; all synths and smiles combine with the alluring duet vocals compliments of Hannah Hooper, Gadd’s long-time friend and former Grouplove bandmate. As highly contagious as it is, digging a little deeper, ‘Never Be Beautiful’ is a testament to self-love, belief and acceptance. An upbeat and fast flowing blend of frentic beats, colourful sounds and general infectious pop melodies. This is one that will be stuck in your head for ages.

Time for you to make up your own mind now, check out ‘Never Be Beautiful’ & ‘Radar Sounds’ below now:

Violet Days – ‘I’m A Dreamer’

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Stockholm-based alternative pop act Violet Days, fronted by singer-songwriter Lina Hansson, has spent 2017 introducing a series of compelling alt-pop gems.

New single, ‘I’m A Dreamer’ is of the same vintage and will take its place on her forthcoming EP. A song about frustration born from having people around you that don’t see things or believe in them the way you do, ‘I’m A Dreamer’ is a pristine piece of alt-pop. Harnessing its persuasive pop powers from a perfect brew of brooding synths, chiming textures and sharp percussion, topped by bright and alluring vocals from Hansson. Catchy a captivating, this is pop done right.

You can listen to ‘I’m A Dreamer’ below. Stay tuned for details of Violet Days’ new EP.

 

Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #9

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A new regular addition to blog, a relatively short weekly Spotify playlist featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears over the course of past 7 days.

Clocking in at just over an hour, it’s an easily digestible slice of new music, just in time for the weekend. There’s a nice mix of genres and styles too, allowing me to share even more top tunes for your ears. Well, without further ado, here’s #8. Enjoy the tunes & enjoy the sun!

You can follow me on Spotify here.