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Annie Tisshaw takes us back to ‘Last Night’ with her confessionally powerful pop single

‘Last Night’ is the latest confessionally powerful pop single from Norfolk-born singer-songwriter, Annie Tisshaw, with classical piano training behind her and resounding vocals to project, it’s impossible not to pay attention to the intense indie neo-classic ballad.

In the same way Kate Nash’s ‘Foundations’ leaves you gripped by the amorous drama, Last Night suckers you in through narrative lyrics brought to life with Annie Tisshaw’s striking vocals which also carry a classical touch.

After making an unapologetically feminist debut with ‘My Body’ in 2019, Annie Tisshaw has consistently exhibited her dynamism through her discography, needless to say, we’re already excited to hear what comes next from the magnetically multifaceted artist.

Last Night is available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Floridian singer-songwriter, Megan Wheeler, has made a classy debut with ‘Replaced’ 

From Trina to Mandy Moore to Gloria Estefan to Ariana Grande, Florida has a habit of producing stunning female singer-songwriters; on the basis of ‘Replaced’, 16-year-old Megan Wheeler could be the latest in that long and prestigious list. Opening with a gentle, ‘Imagine’-like piano part before Wheeler’s delicate-yet-potent vocal kicks in, ‘Replaced’ is a subtle little piano-led ballad, poppy yet mature, a story of a girl betrayed and of love lost in an instant.

Wheeler’s voice is superb, a mix of Dolores O’Riordan, Avril Lavigne, and maybe a touch of Taylor Swift, her piano playing a perfect accompaniment to the vocal. She already has a classy understanding of technique and of the craft of songwriting, despite her tender years; on the basis of ‘Replaced’ she’s got a stunning future ahead of her, but that’s not to say that ‘Replaced’ isn’t a great track all by itself.

You can check out ‘Replaced’ on Wheeler’s HearNow page; check out the real Meg Wheeler on Twitter.

Review by Alex Holmes


Molly Clare Soars High On New Single ‘Wings’

Classically-trained singer-songwriter Molly Clare here brings her stunning, soaring voice to new single ‘Wings’, a divine, heartfelt piano-led ballad of love. Already garnering multiple radio plays, ‘Wings’ is the follow-up to ‘The Sun After The Rain’, which notched up over 40,000 views in support of NHS charities.

‘Wings’ really is an absolutely beautiful creation, the piano carrying the melody whilst leaving just enough space for Clare’s magnificent vocal to really shine. It’s no surprise that it’s already seen Clare into the semi-final of the International Song-Writing Competition and the John Lennon Song-Writing Contest, and as one of five finalists in the ‘Snowdrop Song-Writing Conpetition’ in front of judge Glastonbury-supremo Michael Eavis. With soft-but-supremely-powerful vocals in the style of her inspirations Joni Mitchell and Dido, ‘Wings’ is the lead singles from Clare’s forthcoming EP ‘The Sun And The Stars’, released this month, and it’s a perfect introduction to the incredible talent that Clare has at her disposal.

Hear ‘Wings’ on Spotify, and follow Molly Clare now on Facebook and Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes


Jack Buckley has made his soul-rippingly-raw debut with ‘Let Go’

Indie pop artist Jack Buckley has made his debut with the soul-rippingly-raw hit ‘Let Go’, which will hit you with the same evocative weight as tracks by the National and Frightened Rabbit. There’s even some Dessner-style sonic guitar blazing behind the trepidation-laden piano keys which take the score to a cinematic level.

Stylistic reminiscences are incredibly fleeting in Let Go, as the track runs through, you won’t have much cognitive function left to find similarities as you’re overwhelmed by the sheer amorous agony the single contains. In a time when most relationships are superficial and disposable, it almost feels like a blast from the past hearing Jack Buckley’s ardent vocals, but it’s a kiss with a contemporary fist.

With their sophomore single in production, you’ll definitely want Jack Buckley on your radar in 2021.

You can check out Jack Buckley’s single, Let Go, on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Abi Mia – This Life: Confessionally Powerful EDM Pop

Following on from the success of her debut single, ‘Fly Your Way’, London-based singer-songwriter, Abi Mia, has released her confessionally powerful sophomore single ‘This Life’ and proven that it is possible to offer a monumental dance track and pop ballad, all in one evocatively arrestive package.

With her unflinching vocals paralleling the sheer veracity of the pulsing synth notes and euphoria instilling beats, if you don’t feel something while listening to This Life, your soul might have checked out.

Abi Mia may take influence from the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato and Alicia Keys, but discernibly, she runs with her own resounding style; and the airwaves are all the better for it.

You can check out This Life for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Frederika has put soul back into moody electro pop with her third single ‘Not Him’

UK singer-songwriter, musician and producer Frederika has released her captivatingly raw third single ‘Not Him’ and poured soul back into the moody electro pop genre.

Her faultless harmonic vocal timbre draws you into the melancholy which the track was penned with. Anyone who can relate to being stuck on someone while the rest of the world seems odious at best will undoubtedly feel the weight of this powerful yet sonically delicate soundscape.

With an EP in the works, Frederika is well worth putting on your radar. Her ability to capture the agony in romantic disparity is practically unparalleled.

You can check out Not Him for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Alise Ashby – I Will Carry You (Feat. Gabriela Martina)

Alise Ashby

Love and loss go hand in hand, two sides of the same coin, and there is no more final hurt than the death of a loved one; written as far back as 2006 for a dear friend who had lost his wife (and released for the first time now in response to the unprecedented losses of the Covid 19 pandemic), Alise Ashby’s ‘I Will Carry You’ is a stunning, delicate, piano-and-strings ballad of grief, healing, and the pain of heartbreak and passing.

Commissioned to write her first independent film score at the tender age of just 16 (and presented at the Cannes Film Festival), Alise Ashby is a stunningly gifted composer and musician, and ‘I Will Carry You’ is an exquisite piece of work, soaring and hopeful yet dazzlingly compassionate and sorrowful all at once.

Uplifting piano chords sit amongst an orchestral arrangement heavy on strings and woodwind, the cinematic, swooping arrangement perfectly suiting the lyrics, panoramic and uplifting without ever feeling schmalzy or overdone; Gabriela Martina’s alluring, graceful vocal performance carries the song, bewitching and classy, hand-in-glove with the tenderness and elegance of the narrative.

‘I Will Carry You’ is an absolute treasure, inviting the listener to feel comfort and connection, hope and composure, and perhaps – just perhaps – a little less of the desolation and detachment otherwise wrought across the past twelve months.

‘I Will Carry You’ is released on the 11th December. Follow Alise Ashby on Facebook and Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes


Laela Giovanna – Wish I Would Have: A Tenderly-Imploring Piano Pop Ballad

NYC singer-songwriter & producer Laela Giovanna has released her tenderly-imploring piano pop single “Wish I Would Have” which allows you to find your own fraught regret within the stunningly extended vocal notes.

Think along the lines of Christina Aguilera’s iconic hit ‘Beautiful’, and you’ll be close to the mark. But no comparison could ever elucidate the striking authentic evocative appeal in this passionately stormy, melodically mellifluous track.

Wish I Would Have isn’t without its lament, but as Laela Giovanna runs through the verses, you hear her ascension from the ashes as she proverbially rises and you’ll get to share in the empowerment.

My only criticism is that the provocatively poised single should rank higher in the Pop charts.

You can listen to Wish I Would Have for yourselves here.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Ashley James takes us back to the 70s with their Pop ballad “Take Your Time”

Ashley James

Ashley James may not be a well-known name (yet), but any fans of 00’s Indie Rock should be familiar with their previous outfit Likely Lads who received rapturous acclaim for their brutally honest lyrical style.

Now, Ashley James has gone solo, and we’re seeing a more soulful side to the artist’s multifaceted talents. With a touch of aural nostalgia and lashings of laceratingly raw emotion, their debut single “Take Your Time” was born.

The 70s-inspired Pop ballad is sure to be a hit with any fans of Rod Stewart and Elton John or any Pop fans who are looking to lock into sincerity, pitch-perfect harmony, and melodic alchemy.

You can check out the official video to  Take Your Time via Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Leah Martin – Inside: Soul-Awakening Celestial Pop

Leah Martin

US Singer-songwriter Leah Martin has teamed up with Platinum record producer, Barb Morrison, to create her most sensationally soul-awakening single yet, Inside.

Inside is a resounding example of how an artist offering introspection in their music doesn’t just share their intimate thoughts and emotions, but how their honesty can heal. Hit play on Inside and become overwhelmed by the sincerity of the self-assurance which has been found through the refusal to fall apart.

The celestially reflective soundscape orchestrated by Barb Morrison created the perfect platform for Leah Martin’s invitingly consoling vocals.

Inside is due for release on November 1st, you’ll be able to check it out via Spotify.

Keep up to date with news of the release via Facebook or Leah Martin’s website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast