Gordon James and The Power have just released their latest track When I First Saw You There, whilst I’m normally adverse to overly sentimental music, the sound compelled me, in a refreshing way.
I’m not sure whether it was the jingle of the guitar or the sincerity displayed within his voice, but I was captivated right from the very first verse. Whilst this band are undoubtedly in their infancy, it’s evident that they have a lot more to offer the scene.
The lyrics to the new track are captivating enough to dictate a flurry of emotion to any listener through the narrative of their new heart wrenching track as the sound progresses with talent that becomes impossible to deny. Whilst there are many singer songwriter acoustic acts on the scene Gordon James shines through with his sincerity and ability to convey the most evocative of emotions with his latest track that’s definitely not to be missed!
You can check out the official video to When I First Saw You Here on the YouTube link Below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WadWEKmCALk
The rest of Gordon James’ EP is coming soon, so keep tuned for more developments from this enigmatic acoustic act.
Miriam’s vocal style is swarming with ubiquitously traditional British styling. Her new track Freefalling is a captivating symphony which comprises of timeless, yet haunting melodies, that are so poignant they’re almost empyreal. But what really stands out about this track is the essence that its based upon. Her lyrics touch upon the travesty that the 21st century England has become to create a contemporary anthem that Billy Bragg would be proud of. You’d expect the lyrics “Foodbanks and bedroom tax, what century are we in?” to come from an angry anarchistic collective, however Miriam brings light to these painful topics in the most eloquent way I’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing with her distinctly upper-class influence. I only hope more artists follow in her footsteps.
Within her sound she mixes a myriad of soulful instruments such as acoustic guitar, flute harps and the violin to provide a truly ambient and lucid sound. You can taste the influences to her music, which she’s gathered from her youth spent in Ireland and her penchant for 70’s prog rock.
The latest track from her album Freefalling which was released on the 1st of December is now available to listen to and download via Bandcamp. If you do one thing today, make sure it’s checking out this track and all the heavenly splendour which accompanies it.
I’ve only just had the pleasure of being acquainted with Nikhil Swaroop. It took me approximately 10 seconds to fall completely in love with him from when I hit play on his new track The Light (The Original). The video of the light takes place within Nikhil’s inner sanctum, allowing you a personal view into his life, past and pain, with no holds barred.
He’s a stunning singer song writer currently living in India, I have to say it was my first experience listening to Indian acoustic, but one things for sure, it won’t be the last. He has the same pensive delectableness of the quaint sonorous likes of Ray LaMontagne, Keith Urban and Glen Hansard. The light is charged with upliftingly harrow emotion that flows with inexplicable ease.
Aside from his original work, Nikhil has become the master at breathing a little soul into British and American songs, from Lady Gaga to Ed Sheeran, each sound is as staggering as the last. The whole production for the video to The Light only took 50 minutes. He’s kindly left the track as raw as it gets for his fans. If only more artists were that honest with their work.
Manchester, UK based Duncan Reed is an alternative singer songwriter, dabbler in acoustic rock and an all-round master of melodic, effervescent resonance. His latest track Hard as Stone is one of the most melodic pieces of music that I’ve had the transcendental pleasure of listening to since I first discovered Glen Hansard.
Hard as Stone demands the illustration of his raw fingers floating over the strings of the guitar as the track spirals through the soul wrenching melody fuelled through deeply illustrative and abstract lyrics.
There’s a point in the track where his fingers delectably stumble over the strings, this was the moment that I fell in love with the pure cacophony of sound that was brought to life with just one man full of poetic synergy and his acoustic guitar. I love that there’s static toward the end of the track to entice you into the nostalgia you are treated to after a well-loved vinyl record has reached the end and you’re drenched in the white noise; the departure and the aftermath of experiencing something spectacular.
There’s a great power in his voice, although the vocals aren’t as strong as they are in his other tracks on his debut album Hypnotise; there’s a plethora of tracks that vary in the dalliance of amplification creating it a spectacularly immersive experience. You can definitely hear the Fleetwood Mac inspiration that invokes his pensive style lingering within some of the jingles of the track.
You can check out Hard as Stone, along with the other hits on his latest album on the Spotify link below!
If you have ever wondered what it would sound like if Nick Cave wrote songs for Fleetwood Mac, the answer might just lie somewhere in Madeleine, the latest release from Broken Bones Matilda. It has all the hallmarks of the a Cave penned ballad but with all the short-circuiting sonic turmoil removed and instead rendered with the lush, majesty of the aforementioned transatlantic stalwarts.
But Broken Bones Matilda are their own people and references aside they weave a unique tapestry of their own design from exotic folk, deft acoustic guitars lines and baroque pop, medieval vibes and arabesque richness, sweeping strings and sultry vocals. In lesser hands the sheer weight of the sonic building blocks involved would prove overpowering but such is the skill of this Bath quintet that it is so perfectly balanced that it is nothing less than a rich and haunting masterpiece.
What you really think Accidental Allies are all about depends upon which thread you pick at first. Start one end and they are a synth-pop act doing a spot of avant gardening, start somewhere else and they are an acoustic act building electronic platforms underneath deft, classical guitar lines. Others might think of them more as a dance band heading off into more progressive territory, or a soul band having embraced a futuristic vision of what the genre might become.
The reality is that they are all of those things or none of them, they might be a wide-ranging eclectic mix or a very singular roadmap towards their own musical destination. Not that it really matters, it is only when you try to write things down, to turn music into words that you come up against the limitations of language. Until they invent the right words to properly describe what is going on here you will just have to access their world via your ears and imagination. It is a world of interesting musical choices, mercurial stylistic blends, genre hopping and genre splicing, why would you try to capture that in word form?
Anyone who begins in Damien Rice’s minimalistic territory, slowly shifts up a gear into psych driven, cosmic Americana and finds room for blistering alt-rock guitar work outs, all in the space of three and a half minutes is someone that you really need to keep on your “ones to watch” list. Eli Smart’s Pretty Words, No More Words is a song built on simple lines and hypnotic and repetitive phrases, but it is the continuous layering up, texturising and dynamic growth of the song that is the real joy here.
By twists and turns it offers something new at every step, you can feel the weight of the song gradually growing but doing so organically, a gentle blossoming rather than being forced anywhere against its will. There is something wonderfully detached and remarkably loose about the sound Eli Smart creates here but it is also flooded with acid tinged psychedelic waves washing in from the darker underbelly of California’s lost hippy dream. Very smart indeed!
City of Salt certainly has a knack for evocative song titles and poignant lyrics with a very personal overtone.
The project’s recent single, The Rhythm, The Cipher, & The Shield, is a blend of delicate folk vibes, echoing the work of artists such as Damien Rice or Ryan Adams, just to mention but a few.
The song is built on a very seamless and simple arrangement: the rich and warm acoustic guitar serves as a backbone to the song, providing a nice steady rhythm, but also defining a great core melody. On the other hand, the string sections, add depth and a stunning atmospheric tone that really defines the vibe of this track. The vocal are honest, inspired and direct, perfectly matching the natural heartfelt vibes of the lyrics. There is quite nothing as compelling and direct as a songwriter pouring his heart out and sharing a moment with the audience!
“Fox Truth’, a sharp and powerful tale of friendship, touching on the darkest moments we face, but fundamentally focusing on the value of friendship. Rhys Tranter, Milli Casey and Deanna Rose make a paramount team on the vocals, with Nick Harvey dominating the drums and Sam Smith producing, completing the flawless five. Traditionally the sound of the track lies in an acoustic indie-rock genre, with elements of blues folk and alternative country, which is what generates a personal connection between the five. A slow and illuminating texture is in harmony with unifying vocals, a clear representation of a secure connection between them.
There is a touch of despair hidden in between the lines, but a shed of hope is portrayed from an everlasting friendship. They count their blessings and embrace the fact they are not alone, “Every time I drag myself down/You’ll be there to pull me back in/My oldest friend, I’m graceless and hollow”. This same chorus becomes more heightened as the track goes on, becoming more passionate as it reaches its peak; the energizing electric guitar sending us into a fiery frenzy.
“Hold Onto My Arm” is a new release by Oakland-based songwriter and performer Elias Reitz.
The track is featured on Elias’ recent release, “Totally Soaked!” and it portrays a unique texture of experimental music, with a broad and eclectic approach.
On “Hold Onto My Arm”, Elias set out to create a dreamy, nearly psychedelic atmosphere with some folk influences, reminding me of the work of artists such as Mac De Marco or Kurt Vile & The Violators, just to mention a few. The acoustic guitar cut gently through a blanked of deep atmospheric textures, marking a very special set of sonic aesthetics.
The production is direct and understated, with a pleasant lo-fi vibe that still retains a lot of clarity.
“Totally Soaked!” is also available as a limited edition cassette tape released, printed in only 200 copies and featuring some stunning original artworks!