Rozi Plain – ‘Actually’

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London-based, Winchester-born singer-songwriter, Rozi Plain, is an extremely unique and original voice; and her latest single ‘Actually’, is the most spellbinding and gorgeous introduction to that talent imaginable.

Due out March 2nd, ‘Actually’ precedes Plain’s new album, Friend, which is out May 4th via the ever interesting Lost Map Records, and in case you were wondering? It is simply gorgeous alt-folk. Announcing itself with a sleepy, whispering serenity, before every immaculate piece gently falls perfectly into place. The bubbling, rumbling and undulating bass line, twinkly synth and simple acoustic plucks drift along, adding further resonance to this moment of serene beauty. It is just gorgeous, and the beguiling bewitchery of her voice, that too, is simply spectacular. It brings to mind a bright and beautiful winter’s sun that momentarily blinds you with it’s powerful yet meekly warm glare, on a fresh and crisp December day. If you are new to Rozi Plain’s work (as am I), she already has two LPs, Inside Over Here and Joined Sometimes Unjoined, under her belt.

You can stream ‘Actually’ below now, and for those of you back home, Rozi Plain will be in The Workman’s, Dublin on March 6th w/ This Is Kit.

(Video) Tuff Love – ‘Slammer’

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Scottish duo Tuff Love, Julie Eisenstein (guitar, vocals) and Suse Bear (bass, vocals), burst on to our radar earlier this year with their dazzlingly infectious debut EP, Junk, that left a rather lasting impression.

Writing together in Suse’s bedroom, and recording everything themselves, this musical pairing has produced a flurry of addictive, perfectly formed alternative rock – tied together by heart-warming harmonies, whispery vocals, direct guitar lines and sun-soaked dreamy melodies. The pair make a welcome return with new track ‘Slammer’, taken from their forthcoming new EP, Dross, which comes out 9th February 2015 via Lost Map Records. ‘Slammer’ sticks with the aforementioned successful formula, yet it is somewhat softer on the senses and exudes a rather airy ambience as the beautiful breathy vocals hover above the din of direct guitar lines, fuzz and crashing drums. Despite the infectious brilliance of their music, they’ve always come across in a slightly shy and awkward manner but on this occasion they sound assured and passionate, yet humble. An absolutely gripping three and a bit minutes of top notch indie/alt-rock from an increasingly promising Glasgow pair.

The video is pretty slick too, check it and ‘Slammer’ below.