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Zazuka – Turn Everything: A Sublime Cacophony of Electric Eccentricity

Zazuka almost made it impossible for me to put into words just how stunning her latest track ‘Turn Everything’ is. Maybe I’m a little biased as I absolutely melt at the sound of a violin, but the fact that she threw a double bass in there too almost killed me. Her stunning ethereal sound is one of the most beautiful compositions that I’ve had the pleasure of listening to. With the mix of genres that she’s thrown into the mix I can guarantee you won’t find another artist that has orchestrated a sound that comes close to this sensational track.

Her lyrics prove that she’s not a force to be reckoned with, they pertain a slight reminiscent to one of my all time favourite vocalists Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls), she’s also poured the same eccentric vibes into her cacophony of organic sounds.

Check out the track via YouTube using the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc1IFdGxOUk

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alec Wigdahl – Let Me Love You: Irresistible Acoustic Pop

With a voice that would give Michael Bublé a run for his money, I have no doubt that Alec Wigdahl’s latest album ‘On My Mind’ will make him a household name in no time. He’s a man that seems to have it all, soul shattering vocals, infinite prowess over the guitar that allows him to create such succinct melodies and evocatively engineered lyrics.

The singer took inspiration from his Acoustic Pop album from artists such as Ed Sheeran, and John Mayer, yet, I don’t mind putting it out there that the first track ‘Let Me Love You’ is infinitely more impressive than anything Sheeran has ever put out. Alec has that irresistible twee indie charm that flows through his lyrics and makes you fall a little bit in love with him and his harmonious abilities to create the perfect mellow sounds to kick back to.

Check out Alec’s debut track on SoundCloud using the link below:

https://soundcloud.com/alec-wigdahl/let-me-love-you-mix-1-101117-2

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sasha Ka – Cinderella: Minimalist Sound, Maximum Impact

Sasha Ka released her debut Pop hit Cinderella on 01 Feb 2018, the London, UK based singer songwriter’s sound is rooted in melodic minimal sounds against her hauntingly soulful lyrics that illustrate the disparities and strength that are found in the 21st century. There’s no better time to check out Sasha’s music just as she’s promised more UK tour dates. After listening to her debut, she can definitely count on me to be at the front.

What really makes Sasha’s track Cinderella shine above the rest is the sweet, Funk Soul infused sound that seeps through the acoustic guitar. The off-beat really brings this track alive as the music resonates against her sweet and sonorous voice that carries so lightly it’s impossible not to get caught up in the chilled out, uplifting vibe of her track which she independently wrote, arranged and co-produced. There are so many influences and elements within this contemporary track, from Folk to R&B, Easy Listening to Soul, it’s a universal sound that’s all too easy to fall in love with.

You can check out Sasha Ka’s debut single on SoundCloud using the link below:

https://soundcloud.com/sashakamusic/cinderella/s-P4omS

If you’ve been left insatiable for Sasha’s sound, check out her website where you can find more music, tour info and news from the stunningly talented artist.

https://www.thesashakamusic.com/

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Claudio Parrone Jr. – Sights Unseen: Music That Redefines Pop… It’s About Time.

Claudio Parrone Jr’s latest EP Sights Unseen was released in 2017 by the Indie Pop artist who poured his soul into the 5 compellingly romantic tracks. I’m not usually a fan of Indie Pop vocals, however Claudio’s voice is so resonantly immersive, it’s impossible not to get drawn in by his vocal ability.

A favourite of mine has to be ‘Gray’ with it’s Jazz infused beats and rounded by the instrumental fury that flows through the track with stylish rhythm and blinding melodies. Gray is an instant classic for me, I didn’t hesitate to add to my melodic playlist. His genre bounding sound excited me at every turn as I listened in awe as the polished beats hit me, pacifying me through the nostalgic romanticism of the sound.

It was Claudio’s aim to redefine Pop music, it’s safe to say he’s blown it out of the park with Sights Unseen, I’m stoked to hear his debut album which will be released later in 2018.

If you’re looking for an EP to mellow out with, check out Sights Unseen on Spotify using the link below.

https://open.spotify.com/album/6EafkorJ7uQapShA4FrvOX

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Yazzy – When Worlds Collide

It isn’t often that you find the commercial and the classical, the high brow and the accessible all encased in one song, but that is exactly what Yazzy does on Heal Me. There is something of the orchestral in the arrangements, something of the musical theatre in the vocal but essentially it is a pop ballad and so equally at home in the traditional concert hall setting as it would be in the charts. Normally such meetings of worlds feel contrived, as if pop is trying too hard or that the classical world is selling out or dumbing down, thankfully none of that is found here, Heal Me is just a natural bridge between the two worlds.

This North Devon singer-songwriter trades in understated majesty and timeless classical echoes but the clever thing is that it is so rich with melody and emotion that it will still be a sure fire hit with the pop pickers. Not every chart song has to be some obvious, Day-Glo dance floor tear up, every now and again you want something that is just more…well classy. And when that time comes we have Yazzy to look to.

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The Wonderfully Weird World of Michael Orr

Cinnamon Gill is a wonderfully strange odyssey, a marriage of long forgotten folk music and Tom Waits-esque non-conformity, one which skirts mainstream tastes and follows its own convictions. Plaintive piano provides the platform for the song, gently skittering along and giving the beguiling vocals something to lean on. The result is a charming if slightly off kilter meandering number, one that is hard to pin down generically and all the better for the fact.

Music for which labels are easily found is probably bringing little new to the game, the fact that Cinnamon Gill seems to exist in its own warped, fairly tale world is testament to its originality. The fact that a brief run through Michael’s other musical offerings shows you that it is not the strangest song he has to offer makes you fall in love with his charming and whimsical musical world all the more.

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George Wilkinson – Stars: Just Another Ballad?

To say that George Wilkinson is a pianist that plays for a Pop generation would be a pretty fair assessment. His Dramatic ballads don’t quite go down with the sophistication of painists such as Sigur Ros or Nils Frahm yet there’s something charismatic about the innocence of his sound none the less.

The British multi-talented musician possesses a varied vocal range, which in some parts reminded me of the harmonies in a Take That song with a playful contemporary twist, but there is so much to George Wilkinson’s sound than the vocals. So, if his vocals don’t win you over, there’s always his delectable original musical arrangements to faun over. The piano solos sing with so much complexity that I wished that it was an overall instrumental track. The essence of the pounding dramatism of the keys were stolen away by Wilkinson in his best attempt of hitting the high notes.

I would love to hear what Wilkinson is capable of through some raw acoustic sessions where it’s clear that he’s not creating music for the masses but instead truly expressing his own evocative train of emotion rather than just assimilating every other contemporary ballad singer as they fight for number one at Christmas.

Check out Wilkinson’s debut track on the Soundcloud link below:

https://soundcloud.com/wilk13/stars

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Jason Scott – Great Scott!

Whilst it is pretty much impossible to find music which totally encapsulates America as an idea and an entity, by virtue of its size and diversity, cultural blends and creative explorations, there is some music which when heard makes you think of no other place. The bleak and emotive howls of early blues, wild eyed jazz ensembles, the heartland rock of the likes of Petty and Springsteen and the evocative roots sound which is at the heart of Jason Scotts music.

When I’m Good and Ready is like a snapshot into the American music psyche, mixing rootsy blues, country and old school rock and roll into the ultimate soundtrack  for any film which wishes to pin point a sense of place in the space of eight bars. It feels as if the song could come from any time in the last 80 years and be playing in any bar, basement club, juke joint or truck stop you happen to stumble upon. But whilst the setting may be universal, few artists could get it this deliver something this deftly wrought, this effective, this seemingly effortless.

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Duncan Reed – Hard as Stone: A Voice to Melt the Coldest of Hearts

Manchester, UK based Duncan Reed is an alternative singer songwriter, dabbler in acoustic rock and an all-round master of melodic, effervescent resonance. His latest track Hard as Stone is one of the most melodic pieces of music that I’ve had the transcendental pleasure of listening to since I first discovered Glen Hansard.

Hard as Stone demands the illustration of his raw fingers floating over the strings of the guitar as the track spirals through the soul wrenching melody fuelled through deeply illustrative and abstract lyrics.

There’s a point in the track where his fingers delectably stumble over the strings, this was the moment that I fell in love with the pure cacophony of sound that was brought to life with just one man full of poetic synergy and his acoustic guitar. I love that there’s static toward the end of the track to entice you into the nostalgia you are treated to after a well-loved vinyl record has reached the end and you’re drenched in the white noise; the departure and the aftermath of experiencing something spectacular.

There’s a great power in his voice, although the vocals aren’t as strong as they are in his other tracks on his debut album Hypnotise; there’s a plethora of tracks that vary in the dalliance of amplification creating it a spectacularly immersive experience. You can definitely hear the Fleetwood Mac inspiration that invokes his pensive style lingering within some of the jingles of the track.

You can check out Hard as Stone, along with the other hits on his latest album on the Spotify link below!

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Listen And Sing Along To Benjamin Marshall’s Harmonious “Our Own Key”

Benjamin Marshall is a promising singer songwriter with some cool interesting ideas and a fresh sound that intelligently blends folk, pop and alternative into one distinguishable sound. His song “Our Own Key,” taken straight out of his new album “The Final Giraffe,” showcases his unique style and invites us all to sing along in a message of unity, truly using music as the best tool to bring people together. With bright guitar and organ sounds, a steady beat that carries you along and catchy melodies with lyrics we can relate to, this song definitely has a lot to offer.

Upon first listening to this song, especially as the bridge unfolds, it is very difficult not to imagine the music being played live in front of a crowd that is singing and clapping along joyfully. It is just one of those tracks that carries you along, no matter who or where you are. It has the power to unify people while also showcasing a great ability to craft a good immersive track. Apart from this, the performance quality in the recording also makes it even more obvious that this music should not only be played on the radio but also enjoyed live in concert with the Benjamin Marshall’s energy and that of the rest of the crowd.

-Sarah Marie Bugeja

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