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A&R Factory Present: Calming River

Delicate, tender and poignant, Calming River returns following his critically acclaimed 2015 EP with the dark and brooding new single, “For The Echoes To See”, released Friday 26th May 2017.

Intricate fingerpicking, numerous tunings and contemplative lyrics create an intimate and beautiful aesthetic showcasing the British-born, Denmark-based songwriter at the peak of his powers.

The atmospheric new single, “For The Echoes To See”, addresses the discomfort and disequilibrium of not living up to expectations inherent in modern life – “a feeling felt by many who struggle to see human values of care and empathy reflected in today’s world”,” as Calming River songsmith Joshua Malcolm explains.

Songwriter Joshua Malcolm explains, “The ethos of my work is to create challenging, artistic and meaningful work. On one level the music is deceptively simple—an acoustic guitar and vocal. But when analysed on another level, there is a distinguished complexity in the technical guitar playing, alternative song structures and reflective lyrics. My music is aimed to oppose an overly-produced and formulaic tide that washes many shores.”

The sensitive nature of Calming River’s artistry generates the rare ability to form a uniquely personal connection with his audience resulting in numerous festivals and radio sessions as far as Australia, New Zealand, Denmark and the UK. The arrival of “For The Echoes To See” embraces a poetic class that justifies the songwriter as being described as one of the best up and coming writers in Europe.

http://www.calmingrivermusic.com/

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A&R Factory Present: DYAN

Of Love is a departure from the minimalist, synth-driven singles DYAN released in the summer of 2016 as they were releasing their debut album, Looking For Knives. With an introduction of warm woodwind chords, Of Love tells a story of a lover, once left, now leaving to find a way forward alone. As the song progresses, instruments creep into the song – guitars, violins, cellos, drums – building a sound to reflect the wide open world you get into when you leave heartache behind.

A trio with roots in Winnipeg, Cincinnati, and Los Angeles, DYAN builds songs out of minimalist synths, layers of atmospheric guitars, and driving rhythms. Alexis Marsh (singer/guitarist/bassist) and Sam Jones (guitarist/synths) co-produced Marsh’s songs between scoring film and television projects; Dan Dorff Jr (drums/synths) joined when the duo was mixing what became the group’s debut album, Looking For Knives. With the band in place, they began translating the music from the studio to the stage, playing their first show at Union Station as part of Live Nation’s Ones To Watch summer concert series in July 2016. Looking For Knives premiered on Billboard late-July 2016 and was preceded by singles “St. James”, “Days Upon Days”, and “Looking For Knives” – each one charting on HypeMachine.

The title track spent two weeks in the top 10 of Spotify’s Viral Chart (both USA & Global), helping push play-count to over 500,000 within a month of its release. Looking For Knives is available on vinyl at vinylmoon.co/dyan.

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A&R Factory Present: Cody Jay

Cody Jay is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. His debut album “Off the Vine” was released earlier this year, and he is currently gearing up for the release of an acoustic version of that album. In addition, Cody is working on his next album (geared towards a more electro-house/pop feel) as well as visuals to accompany the new music.

Cody Jay has thus far been responsible for writing, producing, and recording all of his music, and is currently in search of representation to help facilitate further growth in his career. “Off the Vine” – Acoustic is a cover album by Cody Jay. It is an acoustic version of his debut release album, “Off the Vine” and shows another side to Cody’s artistry. By stripping down the music production to only that of a guitar and piano, Cody showcases his true talents and vocal abilities. These songs take on an entirely new feel, and shed new light on Cody and his music.

Check out more from Cody Jay here

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A&R Factory Present: Luke De-Sciscio

Home movies show him at three years old singing ‘boo-boo-bah-loo’ over Louis Armstrong records under the nurturing watch of his grandfather, John.

Himself, a music junkie and keen guitarist, it was to emulate John and follow in those loving steps that Luke De-Sciscio took to music and hungered to learn guitar. Those early years, playing the blues with his grandfather, sank their teeth deep into Luke’s soul. The seed was sewn.

He had dabbled in bands throughout school; exploring Funk, Rock and Blues though it wasn’t until spending several years living on a boat in the English countryside that he began to find his own voice – stripped back, unguarded and delicate.

Debut LP “Gossamer Rose” was recorded live over the course of one evening with a few good friends over a few bad beers – its raw honesty invites the listener into that night to share in the stories told.

Universally personal and cutting with truth, ‘Gossamer Rose’ has been praised for its intricate guitar work and described as “a haunting example of the beauty of the folk genre.”

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A&R Factory Present: BROCK

Brock is an up-and-coming pop/singer-songwriter vocalist and producer from Mississippi. His debut single “Hide It” premiering Jan. 1st 2017 is the first of a string of songs he will be releasing in early 2017 accumulating in an EP. His rhythm-based and catchy style of production and singing gives his music a unique trademark.

This first track is a mixture of indie pop, acoustic, and R&B – three genres that have been influencing Brock since he began producing and songwriting at the age of 13. He likes to describe his sound as New Romantic – raw, unapologetic, and personal lyrics centered on relationships, love, and heartbreak with an upbeat, dance backbeat and rhythm.

Brock writes his lyrics from a personal space and hopes listeners will be able to relate to his story. Growing up in a family of “hobby” musicians, he had access to a drum kit and guitars at an early age giving him the opportunity to develop his skills as a multi-instrumentalist. Since then, he has been in a couple of locally successful indie bands and has spent the past two years developing his sound — working with numerous producers and songwriters in Los Angeles.

https://www.facebook.com/iambrockmusic

 

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A&R Factory Present: Ross Nicol

Hailing from San Diego, multi-talented musician Ross Nicol has been actively at work in Nashville this past year. A classically-trained guitarist who began writing music at 14, Nicol has created a musical style that solidifies his place in the alternative spectrum.

Inspired by the creative story-telling and musical arrangements of Radiohead and Vampire Weekend, while drawing influence from David Bowie and The Beatles, Nicol fuses the analog sounds of the past with a modern, alternative twist. Under the guidance and label imprint of producer Jason Hill (Louis XIV, The Killers), Nicol has two huge releases planned for the year: an EP due for the end of May and a full-length album set for later this summer.

He is in good company, working with the creative minds behind Alabama Shakes, MGMT and Of Montreal, so we are confident this will be a successful summer for the new artist.

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A&R Factory Present: Damien McFly

A multi instrumentalist, a sound engineer and a powerful voice all wrapped up in one, Damien McFly effortlessly blends the acoustic elements of folk with a rock inspired flair for songwriting.

Damien McFly is the stage name for Damiano Ferrari, a driven, passionate and charismatic singer from Padova, Italy. Dedicated to live performance, he has played over 300 gigs throughout Europe in two years and in the summer of 2014 he crossed the Atlantic to play gigs in Chicago, Indianapolis and Nashville.

He has toured France, Belgium, Holland and Germany as well as gracing the Hard Rock Rocks festival Acoustic Stage in Edinburgh and the Wigwam stage at Carfest.

A powerful collection of heartfelt songs, Damien’s debut album Parallel Mirrors (Oct 2015) channels the best of Mumford & Sons andThe Lumineerssound, both bands having been a huge influence on him as he developed as a songwriter. Each instrument on the release has been recorded unplugged, utiliing the natural ambience and reverb of specific recording locations to pick up the warmth of live performance on microphone.

New Start, Damien’s first single has been picked by MTV New Generation Italy as song of the week in December 2015.

The song I Can’t Reply is one of the winner songs of the ISC (international Songwriting Competition) 2016 and received many national airplays in the UK (BBC Scotland, Amazing Radio) and in Belgium (Classic 21).

During the summer of 2016 he will perform at YouBloom festival in Dublin, Home Festival (Biggest italian festival) in Treviso (Italy) and several shows in Italy, Belgium and Holland.

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A&R Factory Present: Josh Kemp

Josh Kemp is a singer songwriter from Nottingham, UK.  His video for  ‘Imaginary Friend: What a Wonderful World’, was shot on location around South East Asia.

Josh Kemp uses just an acoustic guitar and a loop pedal to create a sound to rival a band. Having played 500+ gigs in in the last 3 years on repetitive tours of the UK, Josh’s well practiced audience participation means his set is well suited to both main stage festivals and more intimate acoustic gigs.

Josh Kemp says

“The idea for this song and then video came from the realisation that we are frequently bogged down by negativity, in the news or even in our day to day lives as bad things are a lot more sensational or memorable and the spreading of good things are often deemed cliche, boastful, too personal or alienating.

I noticed that the good parts of life are often over looked or taken for granted
So I wanted initially to write a song that would explain to someone who would never have chance to see it, the best things in the world, in my opinion of course 🙂

We tend not to notice the big things we take for granted until they are gone, and that’s something I aim to change, even if it’s just for 6mins20!”

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A&R Factory Present: Levi Lowrey

Levi Lowrey is a singer-songwriter from Dacula, Georgia. He has performed extensively as a solo artist, headliner, and as the supporting act for well-known names including Clay Cook, and Zac Brown Band. Levi is one of the co-writers of the ‘Colder Weather’ performed by Zac Brown Band that went #1 for two weeks.

Lowrey is also the co- writer of Zac Brown Band single ‘The Wind” from their #1 Billboard album Uncaged. He is a CMA nominee for “Colder Weather” 2012 BMI Country Award Winner Top 50 songs of the year Colder Weather. 2011 and 2012 voted Best Local Songwriter- Creative Loafing.

Levi just launched his pledge music Pre Order for his next record, Roots and Branches. www.pledgemusic.com/levilowrey

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A&R Factory Present: The Two Romans

The brothers Samuele and Mattia crossed the Swiss Alps and started conquering the stages as “The two Romans” with their bold and tempestuous Roman temperament.

e same household again in 2012, the two brothers became a creative unity writing songs and rehearsing high above the roofs of Thun accompanied by the wind in their long hair. After scouting various genres they reached their destination somewhere between pop, folk and rock , but without the intention to settle down.

Both collaborate on songwriting and polish the tunes until they shine without losing the raw character. “A song is never finished. But we have to let it go sometime because beauty is found in imperfection”, states Samuele, “ultimately, it is the raw and unfinished music that people can relate to in their hearts.”

www.thetworomans.com

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