Up and coming artist Wil Pearson has recently released his sultry feat of Easy Listening “I Wish You Well” which proves that he definitely isn’t your average crooner.
The contemporary twist which he puts on the timeless Jazz-infused style strips away the archaic connotations of the genre and replaces it with contemporary accessibility. If his meltingly magnetic vocals weren’t enough, there’s also a strikingly cinematic instrumental breakdown where the electric guitar and the brass battle to dominate the otherwise serene Bluesy soundscape. Mindblowing feels like an understatement. If you could imagine what it would sound like if Michael Buble, The Arctic Monkeys and Slash collaborated on a record, you might just get an idea of what is in store if you hit play on I Wish You Well.
You can check out Wil Pearson’s single I Wish You Well for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.
Review by Amelia Vandergast
I do what I love, I don’t need to sell my soul. Ah yes Will, you are absolutely right. In a crazy world, full of fakeness all over, this is the kind of music that is so good for the soul. It’s authentic, has elements of Jazz, Blues and all that good stuff.
I can imagine going to watch Will at a small, basement club, full of real music fans. This is the kind of place that warms my heart. Will’s voice is strong, he holds his tone well and man, this guy can write.
London native ‘Will James’ would be a treat to watch live I’m sure. He is a part of the street musicians in the City, playing as much as possible and inspiring those locals and tourists that bother to listen to good music. This is a true solo artist and one that I hope gains much love worldwide. Will & Bo James have soul and that is rare.
Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen
‘’Old New Love’’ is one crunching emotionally charged song that touches on real-life experience – a broken relationship, a shattered dream, and strangled happiness, amid a world that’s under lock and keys.’’- ‘Chork’.
Hailing from Derbyshire in the UK, upstart singer-songwriter Charlie Gibson, aka ‘Chork’, makes top notch Blues Rock and you can see his love for the British music scene. He has a great voice and the rhythm is very consistent always, this should be a breakout track. ‘’Old New Love’’ is a definite mood enhancer that is legal, the lyrics are clear to hear and the riffs are really catchy.
Benedict Bevan joins ‘Chork’ with his eclectic mix of Drums & Percussion, clearly a real pro. This dynamic duo sounds like a strong team and after learning from this debut track, surely much more is to come. Good times await British music and Belper, Derbyshire should be very proud. ‘’Old New Love’’ is a beautifully crafted song, one that should be appreciated and played a lot.
Stream more from the UK’s ‘Chork’ here on his SoundCloud.
Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen
Never said I was ready to leave you, be a while but the City won’t keep me from you.
‘Near Earth Objects’ aka NEO are a South Cumbria-based band with a variety of genres in their blood. It’s old-school bluesy/Rock with a new school modern folk feel-good-energy going on in the speakers. A very tight band with years of experience playing together, you can feel the harmony and love for the music when you turn them up loud.
‘’Run For The City’’ is all about just going for it, leaving good things and memories behind in order to do what you feel is right and really desire. Believing in your soul is the main thing to do in life, taking a chance and heading upstate to start something fresh and new. With incredible solo guitar riffs and groovy bass lines, ‘’Run For The City’’ is a memorable song with all the right ingredients.
In 2015, Lead Singer Grant Huck was sadly diagnosed with an immutable nervous system disease that has left him suffering chronic pain and muscle weakness. As a result, he is unable to continue playing live at gigs. However, the band rallied together and decided to continue to work together as a unique recording band.
A fine thing to do indeed as most bands would have packed it up and moved on elsewhere. The love of music and not wanting to play with anyone else lives on strong with faithful NEO, showing old school values to inspire us all.
Click here to hear more NEO right here.
Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen
Is there a sound more instantly pleasurable than an electric guitar being strung? I’m not sure, but Chris Birdsall makes a strong case for ‘no’. His measured playing and especially raw vocal treatment instantly recalls blues rock revivalists The Black Keys—not just sonically, but also in the sense that Birdsall knows how to write catchy, ear-wormy melodies that sound anything but warmed-over.
You’d have to be at least dumb to not want to spend three and a half minutes with this focused, well-produced gem of a track.
Stream it here.
8udDha bl0od are back again with another surprisingly unexpected tune: S0U<3n!R5 1.3.
You can’t deny how remarkably (and easily) the band shifts from one style to another without exhibiting sound gaps or giving any indication that might suggest they’re emerging in the music scene. With that in mind, S0U<3n!R5 1.3 starts on a blues-y note that made me extensively think of Blur, and throws in some feel-good monotoned rap bars that Damon Albarn would surely craft at his best.
Supported by a gentle choir, the vocals lead in nicely and build a catchy melody in the choruses, while the harmony mostly relies on clean electric guitar chords. The blues solo at the end pulls the track towards a satisfying finale that slowly fades in a volume drop.
Head over Soundcloud and hit play on S0U<3n!R5 1.3.
Review by Jim Esposito.
Nashville-based Indie RnB artist Alex Slay’s upcoming single “Cherry Wine” may be a melodiously soft, soulfully captivating slow jam, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a more hard-hitting Indie Soul track.
Their completely distinctive sound fuses nostalgically warm Neo-Soul Jazz Pop tones around roots-deep RnB and light melodic Blues in a way which I can guarantee you’ve never heard the like of before. But despite the uniqueness of Alex Slay’s signature sound, Cherry Wine is one of the most accessible Indie RnB tracks we’ve heard this year. And those are just a few of the reasons you’ll come to love Cherry Wine once you delve into the soulful creative catharsis.
You’ll have to wait until May 20th to check out Cherry Wine for yourselves. In the meantime, you can check out the artist’s previous releases via SoundCloud and keep up to date with news of the release via Facebook.
Review by Amelia Vandergast
Camila Koller has dropped single ‘Dog in the Hay’ an incredible piece of music mixing Blues Rock and Folk together to create this uplifting piece.
The electric riff to start off with, as Camila comes in with her insane vocals that have that fairly raspy texture to them. Tending to keep the range at a low pitch but not being afraid to reach higher when needed and in a perfect way.
It’s an incredibly enticing piece of music and each second stands out whether that’s through the unique vocal ranges or the suspenseful instrumentation that builds continuously. Through the use of the guitar, drum and the harmonica that seeps through occasionally.
This is one that leaves you wanting to hear more, we can’t wait to see what’s next for Camilla!
Check out Camila Kollers single Dog in the Hay on Spotify now.
Review by Karley Myall
Topjaw has dropped their killer single ‘The Flood’. It’s everything a lover of Rock and Roll will have on repeat, bringing their own modernised style to the popular genre.
Starting off with the harsh riff on the guitar and the tap on the drum coming together to create that manic instrumentation to give it that real Rock infused sound. Making sure that it’s kept loud and crazy and the instrumentation flows steadily with the rest.
Creating that suspenseful feeling as you listen, with the way the instrumental builds up to let the heavier sound come out. With the vocals they tend to have that more rough texture, keeping that pitch fairly low but reaching high if they need too.
Now it wouldn’t be a Rock song without a heavy guitar solo to draw your attention too as the electrifying riffs shine and the hard-hitting drum beats clash as the vocals come back in full swing.
A fantastic piece of music by Topjaw, we’re looking forward to what they get up to next!
Check out Topjaw’s The Flood by heading on over to Spotify now.
Stephanie Sellars has outdone herself with her collection of timeless classics with an original song thrown in for good measure. Far from conforming to some imaginary auditory cannon, Stephanie puts her own unique interpretation on each cover song, vocally reimagining these vintage songs whilst remaining true to the original message. Her vocal arrangements are subtle, artful and respectful at the same time as showing off her quirky and playful personality.
The orchestration is vibrant and lush, and gives us a private peek into the mind of a talented romantic. Any deviations from the original arrangements and time signatures only adds to the mystery and her pure tone lends itself well to the feel of the album which can only be described as charming and whimsical. Song after song plumbs the depths of love and longing in an exciting yet natural way. Stephanie is joined by some of New Yorks most accomplished musicians and listeners are treated to two duets with the remarkable Tom Middleton (The lead singer of the Willows).
‘Girl Who Loves’ by Stephanie Sellars is a staple album for Jazz lovers everywhere. Have a listen to the full album here on spotify let us know what you think,
Review by Susan Harriott