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Helping the worried, alone or afraid: Chasing Deer show such admirable compassion to us all on ‘Scared’

The pioneers in Sign Language accessibility in music are back and they show their class once again. Birmingham’s Chasing Deer are in tune with the needs of their community with their latest incredible indie-pop release and this one is called ‘Scared’.

Recorded in London, this special song has been created to help us all during this horrific and long-lasting pandemic that has taken many lives, scared most of us and has left many emotional wounds that might take generations to fully recover from.

Whilst some people have hidden away from it all, waiting for it all to be over, some brave musicians have decided to stand up and be counted. This is a fine example of how music can truly heal and help those sensitive souls out there that need a bit of help to make it through the next day.

The lyrics tell the story of a London haze and getting caught up in all the crazy times of present. The world is insane and scary but with the support of those new and old friends, it will all be okay.

His voice is so strong and the tone is a tremendous listen on our tired ears and souls. The mellow acoustic energy simmers up and warms us up like a campfire with marshmallows cooking and good humans close by.

This is the song to hold onto the ones who you love the most and who you want to spend the most time with. ‘Scared’ from Chasing Deer is a timeless song that deserves lots of love and to be on a many a movie soundtrack.

Hear this wonderfully caring song on YouTube and see the socials via FB and IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Healing after a tough breakup: Danni Jackson tells the story of those close to her on ‘Stay True’

With an Indie R&B, Pop and soulfully simmering style that embraces you like a heartfelt hug, Danni Jackson shows her compassionate side on her brand new single called ‘Stay True’.

Danni Jackson is an actress and singer-songwriter, who grew up in sunny Brighton but has since made the move to further her career in the bright lights of lively London. Here is an inspirational young lady who has that extra self-motivation deep inside to be successful and do what she loves to do. Nothing seems to hold her back from chasing her dreams and achieving those lofty goals.

The stunning atmospheric piano gets us in the mood quickly followed with the rhythmical beat that makes you tap your feet. Then, the room is filled with a voice that is so striking the electricity plugs spark with excitement but with some sadness too with the loving vocals. She fills the room with so much care and compassion that makes you stop what you are doing and truly listen. You put your phone down and close your eyes, wondering why sometimes relationships end so quickly and gosh, it really hurts so deeply.

Moving on, taking time to heal, being with real friends and taking time to find yourself again is the only way to usher out those toxic energies that do you no good.. You need to let your heart breathe so you can fully love again without the scars visible in your eyes, even though you will always know where they are.

Her stunning tone is so tremendous and you feel a little tear go down your cheek as you wish things could work, but it’s over. At first you feel like it was a waste of time but will soon realize that this was all part of the journey to find someone that matches with you like a bright beam in the body.

Stay True’ from Danni Jackson might be the ultimate breakup healer song of 2020. In a cold world, this is a bright light to find understanding when things seem like they can’t get any worse. Time and being with caring friends and family, heals all wounds no matter how deep.

Hear her incredibly unique voice via Spotify and see what Danni has been up to on her FB and IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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You can’t sleep without them: Jordyn Kenzie is simply intoxicating on new dream-pop single ‘Night Wears Off’

Jordyn Kenzie is a Nashville based writer, creator, singer-songwriter, and Pennsylvania native. She has just dropped her latest innocently pure dream-pop single called ‘Night Wears Off’. She has a special talent that is being used to chase the stunning sunsets and to inspire our sleepy souls to be happy again.

The galaxy sparkle glitters in the sun-kissed sky during this passionate love song with lots of electro-pop that pinches your arm just a little; to see if it’s real. A story about wanting that tender touch from the special person you care so much about. The night wears off when they aren’t next to you, stroking your hair and looking into your glowing eyes with that sweet smile you dream about. This is that special feeling that makes your happy heart giddy and bust open to attach lovingly to the lucky human who if they are smart, will look after it like a valuable treasure chest.

When you listen to an artist of this quality you start smiling and you close your eyes, lost in your reminiscing thoughts about when you last felt fulfilled like this emotionally.

The classy production and quick-fire lyrics blend seamlessly into your fluffy pillow as you rest that tired body as the crazy year has dragged out most of your energy and sapped your strength. Luckily, we have a splendid song like this to lift our spirits up and stay positive.

The scary thing is that Jordyn Kenzie is just getting started. Her freshly elegant exuberance is a pleasure to listen to and she has put together a top team to help her is all aspects of her career. If she can start focused and limit unnecessary distractions, Jordyn can literally do anything she sets her mind to.

Night Wears Off’ is a new song that deserves lots of love as the evenings can be sad and lonely without that special human in your life.

Stream the electrifying single from Jordyn on her Soundcloud and follow her socials on IG and FB.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Expressing disappointment with lost love: Australia’s JXCKY sings from the heart on ‘What’s So Good About Brandon?’

The sweet soundscape seeps through the walls right away, and we are brought into the story of troubled love. The story of being played for a fool, when you thought this was a solid relationship- that would stand the test of time. Innovative R&B Pop artist JXCKY is in sumptuous form on his new single ‘What’s So Good About Brandon?‘.

His voice has so much disappointment attached, that you can feel inside your bones while listening intently. The tone is a bit sad and regretful that this has happened, he feels used and confused, a completely natural state of mind that opens up his heart to heal again. This is a feeling that so many of us have gone through before- you thought that this was something special but now you feel you have wasted your time. You feel used and that hurts the most.

The beat sweeps in and dusts away the teary eyes, you now feel a bit angry and wonder what is so good about the new person in their life. He has a way with words, this is a singer who has such a glorious gift and it feels like he is ready now. The self-doubt and name change is done, he wants to rise about and prove himself right. Making music is comes so naturally and the effortless flow steams the speakers with electric effect.

What’s So Good About Brandon?‘ is a way of moving on to new and better things from Melbourne singer-songwriter JXCKY. His voice is radiant and real, an artist who is only really getting started and ready to shine so brightly above all, that may come his way to try and block his path to his true goals in life. Trying to be the best version of yourself each day, is the best way to be happy inside.

Stream this passionate song here.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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New Jersey’s multi-talented Gen Dietzel emerges from the depths of the underworld with ‘Haunted’

New Jersey’s multi-talented Gen Dietzel emerges from the depths of the underworld with ‘Haunted‘. This is a eerily brilliant song that catches you by surprise and engulfs your thoughts.

Gen Dietzel is a singer-songwriter and also a very talented writer who sings about how she feels deep inside. There is a real element of pain in her voice as she unwraps all the things in life that are keeping her soul down in the dumps, waiting for a fresh start. Gen has a style that is so hauntingly beautiful as you get lost in her voice, you look for the cookie crumbs on the floor and follow them. You know the journey is going to be worth it and it certainly is.

Haunted‘ from Gen Dietzel is a scary but brilliant release that captures the mood of 2020 just perfectly. The world right now has been caught in a big messy bottle, with so many terrible leaders, a world that is closed off mostly and the mood is so somber. Being in love is so tough right now too and you feel like you are haunted, nothing is going the way you want it to go.

Her vocals are so unique and you are transported into a dark world that need salvation so badly. Music heals all they say and this is a song that makes you think, makes you sad and inspires at the same time. A rare gift indeed that if nurtured correctly, can only blossom into something beyond, what it was first intended for.

Click here for the Soundcloud page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Scottish singer Donny Ross improves even more on the sharp-edged ‘Stags’

Scottish singer Donny Ross improves even more on the sharp-edged ‘Stags‘ as he cuts through the noise of 2020 in impressive fashion.

Los Angeles based Donny is on a new path and you can hear the excitement in his voice. He has a vision for his sound and the results are rather tasty to the ear.

Raised in the Scottish Highlands, this is a young man that grew up with the legendary sounds of the local music that surrounded him. The traditional Scottish sounds are seeped deep into his soul and this is how he fell into loving music. With his father being a bagpiper, you can tell that this is a family passion and the way of life.

Stags‘ from Donny Ross shows us all that you don’t need to change everything about your style to be successful. Here is a traditional artist that fuses Rock and his own style of music to make an absolute belter of a track.

The riffs are so groovy you might need a lie down. His voice is brooding and mysterious, it feels like you can feel the smoke and sweat from the stage as Donny takes us on an enjoyable journey throughout, as we hear a melodic track that is full of class.

Click here for the music link.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Silly Boi Chris Baxley lets us all get close to his ‘Hunny Pot’

Hailing from the USA’s East Coast, Chris Baxley is all about quirky, old-school sixties-inspired melodies and catchy, hooky choruses. ‘Hunny Pot’ is a fun, irreverent love song, full of tongue-in-cheek humour and playfulness. Opening with joyously strummed guitar chords behind Baxley’s off the wall vocals before a bouncy bass and full-electric arrangement kicks in, ‘Hunny Pot’ worms its way into your head by way of its trebly picked guitar line and distorted lead part.

There’s hints of early Orange Juice in that – or think, perhaps, Edwin Collins’ solo ‘Girl Like You’ – mixed with maybe They Might Be Giants in its cheeky, impudent lyrics and delivery, before – at 2’24” it’s over all too quickly, leaving you humming its hook for hours to come.

Hear ‘Hunny Pot’ here; follow Chris Baxley on Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes