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Check Out Chris Avetta’s Haunting Indie-Folk Track “Sway”

Chris Avetta is a singer and songwriter with a passion for haunting indie-folk melodies. Her recent track, Sway, makes me think of artists such as Fleet Foxes or First Aid Kit, just to mention a few. Her sound is versatile, direct and forward-thinking, often showcasing a really unique personality and an ability to create outstanding arrangements starting from the sheer simplicity of the core elements in a song.

Sway is a perfect example of that: the arrangement is relatively sparse, but there are many incredible production characteristics that really add space and texture to the mix. For instance, the stunning reverb tones really do a great job at adding textures and depth to the track.

 

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Singer-Songwriter Mitchell Mirande Releases “Hold On”

One of the challenges facing the singer-songwriter, voice and guitar driven song is how to sound big. Not big in the bombastic, U2 stadium rock sense but in knowing how to take these simple elements and lift them off the musical page, make them sound robust and accessible, set them apart from the pack. Some do it by deft and intricate guitar work, layering vocals, production tricks and other gimmickry. Mitchell Mirande does it simply by writing great songs, delivering them with competence and confidence and then adding just the most perfect touches of texture and wash.

It seems pretty obvious really, why dress a song up to create some sort of pretend elegance when you can strip it back to actual eloquence? And Hold On is eloquent, in that same way which makes the transient nature of watercolours  more powerful than the vibrant nature of oil paintings, a combination of keeping things musically simple, though far from simplistic, musically ethereal and that fantastic voice of his. Letting the music breath and the vocals soar, a vocal which seems to blend romance and honesty and a soulfulness with a delivery that most rock singers would kill for.

Get the basics right and sometimes the rest will just naturally fall into line.

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Pop Singer-Songwriter Lence George Releases Newest Single ‘Coming Home’

Lance George immediately strikes for his unique personality. His recent music video for single, Coming Home, is almost like a short movie. The visuals are extremely professionals and Lence showcases his ability as an actor and performer, as well as his outstanding musical chops.

Lance’s vocals are extremely soothing and soft, yet powerful and energetic. Think of a blend between timeless soul singers such as Marvin Gaye or Seal, combined with a more modern twist. The minimalistic arrangement also really help the emotion of the song come through. The bright acoustic guitars are a particularly amazing addition to the song, because they complement Lence’s voice with melodies and rhythms. The sparse drum arrangement also helps the song keep moving, adding groove to the mix. The vocal harmonies are amazing as well, complementing the lead vocals beautifuly.

“Coming Home” is a very positive song, with lyrics such as “It is a new dawn, a new day for me to change my way”, sharing a beautiful message with the world.

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Isobel Frances Releases Intimate Track “Come Back To Me”

With “Come Back To Me”, singer and songwriter Isobel Frances reveals her most intimate and spontaneous side. The song has a really beautiful vulnerability to it, aided by a simple, yet rich arrangement based on the stunning textures of the lush piano chords. Isobel’s vocals are masterfully produced: they are bright and upfront, with a clarity that projects them atop of the mix. Yet, they are also extremely intimate and personal, making for an interesting contrast.

This song has a very interesting production, because it combines a lush and modern approach with a very laid-back and intimate twist, combining the best of both worlds into a truly astonishing release.

 

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Adam Duffill Releases Lyric Video For ‘I’ll Be Waiting’

If the term singer-songwriter seems to conjure images of an overly earnest, stubble-chinned troubadour in a wide brimmed hat churning out songs about the state of the world in a hipster coffee bar, then Adam Duffill is here to set things straight. Yes, he is a singer and a songwriter but he has something that such would-be-Dylans don’t…drama and passion.

I’ll Be Waiting may be based around his acoustic guitar but the sonic palette he employs has more in common with that of a rock band than an acoustic pop player. As such his music is big, sweeping, widescreen, honest and heartfelt. Not bad for a guy with an acoustic guitar. Walking that line between rock and pop is clever move, get the balance right and you can appeal to large sectors of both markets, the Goo Goo Dolls used it skilfully to become alt-pop-rock royalty, all Adam has to do no is write his own Iris and you can bet that moment isn’t far away.

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Kal Madsen Tells Us A Story With ‘Charlottesville Survived 1945’

Kal Madsen is a singer and songwriter with a passion for highly emotional storytelling, told (or better yet, sung) in an intimate and personal way. His recent release, “Charlottesville Survived 1945”, is a spontaneous, charismatic and memorable songs with clever lyrics at the heart of Kal’s artistic vision.

The songwriting is really on point and the lyrics are certainly a very, very important part of this experience, but make no mistake: Kal can also write music that will make an impact. This song is all about phenomenal hooks, driven energy and tuneful melodies that are thought-provoking, yet catchy, timeless and appealing. “Charlottesville Survived 1945” is a great example of socially conscious songwriting with a catchy edge.

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English Singer-Songwriter James Walker Releases New Single ‘Weathered’

It’s always fascinating that ambient music focuses so much on the sonic landscapes surrounding voices and instruments, and yet it tends to evoke more vulnerability and introspection than an outward focus. James Walker paints a beautiful picture and sings strongly through it with his track Weathered.

Weathered is a name that invokes torn, faded fragments of something once whole. Walker’s music comes together as a remarkably more colorful version of contemporaries like Bon Iver. This is the strength of the track; the ability to see a familiar perspective through a bolder lens than we’re accustomed to.

This isn’t just contemplation surrounded by wintry winds. This is a voice that is powerful if hesitant floating through lights and modulated atmospheres that feel lively more than they feel dreary. It’s an interesting way to approach a song that we’re all familiar with. Themes that we know very well are turned on an angle that we’ve never considered. Isn’t that what introspection is about though? Weathered finds the layers hidden beneath sadness, numbness and longing. It finds an immaculate reality that gives a palpable sense of just what James Walker is longing for.

James Walker’s album ‘English Bones’ is available to pre-order now and will be available from November 10th on all major media providers. More information and tour tickets can be found on James Walker’s official website.

 

2017 UK & European Tour

08/08 -> 15/08 – Horizontoer (NL)

17/08 – Sofar Sounds, Oxford (UK)

18/08 – House Concert, Hemel Hempstead (UK)

19/08 – House Concert, Reading (UK)

20/08 – Unplugged by the Sea, Sheringham  (UK)

21/08 – Three Minute Theatre, Manchester (UK)

23/08 – The Tasting House, Reading (UK)

24/08 – Caffeine & Cocktails, Reading (UK)

25/08 – House Concert, Goring Heath (UK)

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29/08 – House Concert, Reading (UK)

30/08 – Latest Music Bar, Brighton (UK)

31/08 – The Library, Oxford (UK)

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01/09 – Schenkers, Apeldoorn (NL)

02/09 – House Concert, Hoofddorp (NL)

03/09 – Werk aan het Spoel, Culemborg (NL)

04/09 – House Concert, Haarlem (NL)

05/09 – De Nieuwe Anita PM, Amsterdam (NL)

07/09 – Club Move, Barneveld (NL)

08/09 – Tee de Cologne, Köln (DE)

09/09 – Cowhide House Concert, Frankfurt (DE)

10/09 – Xinix, Nieuwendijk (NL)

15/09 – House Concert, Dobl (AT)

16/09 – House Concert, Linz (AT)

18/09 – Tunnel, Vienna (AT)

19/09 – KaffeeWerk, Passau (DE)

20/09 – Frankfurt International School Auditorium, Frankfurt (DE)

21/09 – House Concert, Oberursel (DE)

22/09 – Proberaum B13, Leipzig (DE)

23/09 – House Concert, Berlin (DE)

26/09 – House Concert, Hamburg (DE)

27/09 – Tonfink, Lübeck (DE)

29/09 – Villa Basta, Hasselt (BE)

30/09 – House Concert, Wantage (UK)

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Steve Cornell’s haunting release ‘Save Grace’

Steve Cornell finds a perfect middle ground between timeless Beatles-channelling psychedelia and rough, unforgiving grunge evoking Chris Cornell (no relation?) with his song Save Grace. While the song doesn’t reach the treacherous emotional peaks of the latter, it does pull in on the same dread that has tinged so many verses throughout decades of heartbroken songwriters staring into the abyss and coming back with a song to share.

The hopeless feeling emanating from the track can be applied to so many relatable heart aches from the personal to the existential. The affected guitar helps illustrate this dystopian noir of a soundscape with touches of color and beauty amongst the vulnerable, pained verses which urge the listener to head their warnings. Save Grace is a classic that we may not want to play until we’re ready to sit and listen intently, and in that fashion, we can maintain that it won’t be wasted falling on deaf ears of people in high spirits. This is a song for darker hours and it’s better kept that way.

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Jen Simmonds releases emotive and seductive track ‘It Can Only Get Better”

The term “singer-songwriter” seems to have become short hand for a certain type of musician. These days it seems as if you could blindly throw a stone and not fail to hit some over-entitled, gap-year troubadour treating us to his accumulated life experience since leaving home not six months previously. Normally in a wide brimmed hat. Thankfully artists such as Jen Simmonds remind us that all is not lost, far from it and she offers us a lush and sonorous response that swiftly destroys such negative stereotypes.

It Can Only Get Better is a smooth and slightly psychedelic haze of chiming guitars and picked acoustica, minimal beats and a voice that is both emotive and seductive. The charm of the song is that whilst it deals with unrequited love it comes from a positive and uplifting place, a neat trick if you know how to do it.

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Video Premiere: Brit School Award-Winner Bella Barton To Release Debut Single ‘Daughter’

If the idea of establishments such as Brit School may seem at odds with some people’s idea of learning how to be a performer, musician or songwriter, Bella Barton comes along to dispel any mistrust or doubts in such a system. If you think that these types of formal music training are likely to produce identikit popsters, one listen to Daughter will prove, not only a relief, but nothing short of  a revelation. It is soulful, chilled, pop aware, bluesy and infectious and whilst it seems to be of a very covert and inconspicuous nature, it has great rhythm and drive, and just seem to instantly connect to the listener’s groove genes.

So what are we dealing with here? Sassy summer sensation? Ambient soul? A masterwork of understatement? Chilled pop classic? Actually, it is all of those things and more. In a pop world seemingly full of humourless clones, dance routines and careers built on marketing plans and image consultants, Bella is a breath of fresh air. She’s the girl next door turned pop sensation who just breezes past you with a new take on how simple pop can be. How simple and how great.

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Words: Dave Franklin

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