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Blonde Lion has released their enrapturing ennui-laden Alt Folk single “Ordinary Day”

Folk-Pop singer-songwriter Blonde Lion released their latest single “Ordinary Day” on August 5th. Elliott Smith may not be with us anymore, but Blonde Lion’s melancholic style is just as efficacious at drawing pensive emotions from you and offering aural resolve.

Obviously, I didn’t make it to the end of Ordinary Day with dry eyes. The delicateness of the atmospheric and intricate acoustic instrumentals was one thing, the resonance in the lyrics was quite another.  Ordinary Days was inspired by the days where you wake up and struggle to find anything which offers any meaning. The jaded ennui was all too relatable and it’s safe to say that after the global lockdown, plenty more people will see themselves in this sublime soundscape which serves as the perfect introduction to Blonde Lion’s compelling style.

You can check out Blonde Lion’s latest release by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rob Benny – Speak: Accordantly Arrestive Folk Pop

NYC Singer-songwriter and instrumentalist Rob Benny released their latest resonantly raw single “Speak” on May 13th. Anyone who appreciates soundscapes which ooze nostalgic appeal whilst simultaneously leaving you excited over finding fresh new talent won’t want to hang around hitting play.

It’s simple, it’s understated, yet, at the same time, it’s emotionally striking to the point where it feels like you’re battling with the melodies while they’re attempting to ensure that you don’t get to the outro dry-eyed.

With a similar lyrical style to Waits, Cohen and Elliott Smith, there’s a candid honesty to Speak. Hearing Rob Benny open up his soul leaves you feeling compelled to follow suit.

You can check out Speak for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Leeds based Indie singer-songwriter ‘Manuka’ spreads beautiful message on stunning single called ‘’Feel Your Love’’

‘’The deeper I go/the more I breathe’’. Some positive lyrics here from an incredibly talented & soulful musician. Just breathe and go for it, you will find many treasures for the heart, only when you just try and let go and love.

With ‘Gauri’ (her acoustic guitar) and ‘Daisy’ (her ukulele) right alongside for the ride, Leeds based ‘Manuka’ is an acoustic angel that has just made my day and will do the same for you. In an often gloomy world, this is exactly the type of music that should be on the radio, in shops, schools and turned up loud on the speakers. This is Love Folk music for the whole family. 

You can’t help but feel happy while listening to this multi-talented woman. Life is sweet with special souls like this. Watching ‘Manuka’ live must be a spiritual experience and this is exactly what I will be doing when gigs are back on. 

“My music is forever growing and changing based on the things and the people that inspire me. I feel therefore I create”.

If ‘Raveena’ from the US is ever in the UK on tour, choosing ‘Manuka’ as her opening act would be a smart move. Let’s enjoy this terrific single and take all the advice and just feel that good vibe. We are supposed to be happy. 

The world needs love. Feel your love here thanks to the lovely ‘Manuka’ on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Soulful Steve Schuster is back with united ”One Lonely Voice’

The soulful singer-songwriter from Westborough in Massachusetts, Steve Schuster, returns with his new song called ”One Lonely Voice”. This is a united message of speaking up if you have something positive to say and how we should all support this notion. One lonely voice can indeed change the world and its great that Steve has brought out this song during the highly challenging and stressful COVID-19 time.

I like this song for a variety of reasons and the main one is that it is so simple. You could teleport back to the 60’s and it wouldn’t be out of place in that era of game-changing music. This is ear-food for consumption that won’t make you sad but instead do the opposite and inspire you.

With a happy-soaked base, Seattle-born Steve Schuster’s strong lyrical content coupled with a rhythmic guitar riff & his vibrant voice, ensures that ”One Lonely Voice” should be treasured as one of 2020’s most uplifting theme tunes.

Stream more from Steve Schuster on his SoundCloud page and look inside for more fantastic music.

Review by Llewelyn Screen

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Relying solely on the support of his guitar and his voice, September is the latest release by Irish singer-songwriter Daniel Jackson

With his debut EP coming out soon, September is the latest release by Irish singer-songwriter Daniel Jackson.

Relying solely on the support of his guitar and his voice, just like many other Irish acts are widely known for, September is an upbeat, cheerful in sound, pop ballad that brings forward a pinch of folk roots.

Daniel’s powerful and thick vocals possess such spirit and passion they make you deeply plunge into the music, and completely immerse yourself into the sweet portrait he describes in his lyrics when singing of a breath-taking something that eventually identifies itself as love – that something he’s been looking for. The love dedication is utterly pure and genuine, as pure as his approach to song-writing.

‘Great tone mate!’, somebody comments on his Soundcloud profile page, and I totally second that!

You can listen to September for yourself on Soundcloud.

Review by Jim Esposito.

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Richard Petch – A New Conspiracy: The Most Accurate Sign of the Times You’ll Hear

Richard Petch

Reading the word ‘conspiracy’ is usually enough to irritate me these days. Yet it’s safe to say that Richard Petch’s new single “A New Conspiracy” had the exact opposite effect.

The idiocrasy of the population’s behaviour has been immortalised in Richard Petch’s stunning Alt Indie Folk Pop single which will leave you instantaneously enamoured. Fans of David Icke, anti-vaxxers and racists may not approve of the absorbingly melodic number, but anyone who knows that the Dunning-Kruger effect is a very real thing will love it as much as we did.

The artist’s playful yet razor-sharp wit and ability to craft something so sweetly cathartic from such odious inspiration is inspiring in itself.

You can check out the official video to A New Conspiracy which was released on May 8th for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Acoustic artist Solly spreads hope with peaceful single ‘’Shelter’’

Shelter from the storm is the paradox you are choking on. It’s so encouraging to be exposed to such positive vibrations from a very talented, upcoming artist like Film Editor/ Musician, ‘Solly’. He mixes these two passions together like an old pro.

Solomon Margo aka ‘Solly’ , released ‘Love & Harm’ on YouTube on the 1st May 2020 and this is the follow up single, the peaceful ‘’Shelter’’. It’s about sheltering your soul from all the fakeness in the world & to just be yourself, the best version of you. This is a perfect message. 

‘Solly’ is a young artist who alternates between NYC and LA in the USA. He is still finding his feet in this wild music game and I see a very promising future here. His music has a positive style and is so jazzy with touches of soul. A bigger stage awaits for this fine musician. 

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Josh Middleton releases Caught Up – A soulful and acoustic pop ballad

Already acclaimed for being a notorious act in festivals and European tours, up and coming singer-songwriter Josh Middleton has released his new single Caught Up, a knitted weave of soulful and acoustic pop.

Caught Up bases its structure on acoustic guitar and vocals, and even though it gets more rhythmically entertaining when drum loops and percussive sounds enrich the harmony, it could still function beautifully without. When just a few instruments can make the whole tune, it means that the song is already a hit at its core.

This helps explain why Josh Middleton has been recognised as such a talented artist, measuring up to renowned characters such as Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Stormzy.

He’s been drawing likes from his fans, both online on social media and offline at gigs, for his mature and groundbreaking lyrics, proving that not all things pop have to be meaningless or shallow.

Josh has an impactful and talented force to grow ahead of him and you may want to follow his progress by listening to Caught Up.

Review by Jim Esposito.

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Abi Nav shows some strong acoustic chops with ‘I Know You But I Don’t’

Boston-based singer and songwriter Abi Nav has released a new acoustic-pop track ‘I Know You But I Don’t’.

Abi Nav shows that his influences are clear and strong enough as a fingerstyle guitar opening helps set the stage for his vocal foray into folky acoustic cheerfulness with ‘I Know You But I don’t’. The track is mainly driven by Abi Nav’s vocal lines, and to it’s credit, doesn’t rely on anything but a series of well-crafted chords to get the lyrics from A-B and sweetly drop them off. 

It’s a strongly written – if not simple piece – that deftly manages to showcase the best of Abi Nav’s boyishly poetic lyrics with some well-crafted and easygoing sensibilities that help the track dig its claws in just that little bit deeper. Give it a listen. 

You can listen to Abi Nav’s ‘I Know You But I Don’t’ on his Spotify page here.

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James Michael has dropped In Another Life ft Dave Gilmet

James Michael has dropped latest single ‘Another Life’ ft Dave Gilmet, an eerie and enticing piece with calming instrumentals.

Beginning with a raspy vocal that tends to fade out and come back in, having a rather compelling texture to the voice, that makes you want to keep listening. The guitar flows alongside the vocals perfectly, giving off this relaxing feeling as you listen.

Keeping that slow pace to give it that more laid back sound, not having too much going on so you can get lost in the mesmerising vocals that come from both artists and the soothing instrumentation that collides with it.

A soothing piece by James, one with many stand out elements. We can’t wait to see what’s next for him!

Listen to James Michael’s single In Another Life ft Dave Gilmer by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Karley Myall