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Tom Gardner – Wish

If you have clear in mind those melancholic melodies proper of The Velvet Underground, London based songwriter Tom Gardner is going to be your new go-to with his new release ‘Wish’.

The best of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Lou Reed meld for an inspiring background of relaxing harmonies – a final easy-listening work. Simple clean guitar arpeggios accompany Tom Gardner’s soft vocals for a sincere confession of all the things he wishes for, knowing that they will all eventually end.

He seems to want to publish regular releases so we can soon expect to get more of his music.

Review By JIm Esposito

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Hiraya set to release new single ‘One More’

The English-Philippino duo Hiraya released their new single ‘One more’ on 14th August 2019.

Folk music sweetly blends to mellow songwriting resulting in a soothing effort that makes of this track a relaxing background tune. Guitar strumming and violin-triggered melodies perfectly intertwine throughout the track allowing the vocals to express their best storytelling features.

The lyrics describe a ‘one more’ moment spent with a loved person, that moment many may have lived when wishing for a “one more night’, “one more drink”, “one more kiss”, before realising that it won’t work out “just like before”. In the end, voice and guitar sing “Don’t overthink, just close the door”.

Review By Jim Esposito

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Josie – My Eyes Only: Transformative Music at Its Finest

If you’ve never been mesmerised by the hypnotic concordance of a Handpan paired with ethereally unflinching vocals, here’s your chance to be blown away independent artist Josie’s live rendition of one of her songs “My Eyes Only”.

The fact that Josie plays her soundscapes in seminars on spiritual growth and consciousness should tell you all that you need to know about her approach music. It’s easy for artists to claim that they make music to make other people feel better, yet, that sentiment is undeniable within Josie’s soul exposing single which allows each note to blissfully resonate around the contemplative lyrics.

My Eyes Only may not be your everyday average single, but it’s one which can offer you a striking amount of catharsis and aid transformative self-reflection as you soak up the celestial minimalism.

You can check out Josie’s performance of My Eyes Only for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Zac Chidgey gives Mancunians one more reason to be proud of their city with the single “Dont”

“Dont” is just one of the recently released singles from up and coming Manchester-based singer-songwriter Zac Chidgey. At the age of 19 years old, he’s already found his signature style which blends indie, pop, and acoustic together through the deftly fingerpicked notes on the guitar. When you hit play on Dont it really is no wonder why BBC Introducing were so keen to rate Zac Chidgey so highly.

Even though Dont is an incredibly stripped back and minimalistic soundscape, there’s plenty of distinction to be found between the ambient acoustic notes as Zac Chidgey has fused together the nostalgic appeal of acoustic folk and polished contemporary pop, making Dont an extremely accessible track from the first time of listening.

In the absence of a full instrumental arrangement, there’s a magnetic focus on Zac Chidgey’s reverberant alluring vocals which utilise baritone vibrato resulting in an infinitely alluring amount of mesmerism in his soundscapes.

You can check out Zac Chidgey’s single Dont for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Singer-Songwriter Sham Chewali Releases their Latest Single “the certainty of failure”

Manchester-based Experimental Folk artist Sham Chewali released his latest single “the certainty of failure” on July 29th and shared with the world a poignant and incredibly resonant message weaved into a mesmeric bed of acoustic organic textures.

The prelude and following verses may have you under the impression that you’re listening to an archetypal Indie Folk single unfold, yet, Sham Chewali has thrown in some unpredictable progressions including sharp switch-ups in tonality. The soft almost spoken-word vocals transform into reverberant powerful growls as Nick Cave-style ominous keys, complete with orchestral layers are thrown into the mix.

Usually, with music, you’re able to determine if it has been uplifting or melancholic, yet, with the certainty of failure, you’re left with the same conflict of emotions as Sham Chewali alludes to in the lyrics. It’s definitely a track which needs your repeat attention.

You can stream and download Sham Chewali’s latest single the certainty of failure for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jerhiame releases brand new single ‘Maybe’

‘Maybe’ is the latest single by singer-songwriter Jerhiame following the release of ‘Elizabeth’ in February 2018. 

Besides the main pop theme, the track presents a variety of sounds that swing from soul vibes to gospel choir harmonies before dropping all beats in a smooth final outro, giving a soulful sustain to Jerhiame’s standout vocals.

Born and raised in Louisiana, Jerhiame made his first appearance in the music world in 2016 with his debut single ‘Sad Song’, and drawing inspiration from artists like Ed Sheeran and John Legend, he’s forging his soulful take on today’s pop music.

Jim Esposito
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Pink Honey Moan – Closer to You: Soulfully Anachronistic Blues Pop

“Closer to You” is the debut single from up and coming singer-songwriter Pink Honey Moan who is putting soulful anachronistic Blues Pop back on the airwaves.

The track may have some contemporary Pop inclinations, yet, allowing you to believe Closer to You is firmly rooted in that genre would be an insult to Pink Honey Moan’s smooth genre-mashing approach to his soundscapes.

There’s a slightly vintage tonality to Closer to You, making Pink Honey Moan’s latest single incredibly accessible for anyone who appreciated the slower, pensive edge from Alt 90s artists. It’s not often that I can say that about a contemporary Pop track, but Pink Honey Moan seeks inspiration from the likes of Paul Simon and Bill Withers allowing his own style to come alive with an incredibly rich and warm indulgent appeal.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Glenn Lumanta provides a poignant rationalisation for seasonal melancholy with latest single “When Summer Comes Around”

While it’s almost an understatement that we’ve been bombarded with lovelorn seasonal tracks this summer, there have been very few (if any) tracks which can rival the emotive connection which you will make with Glenn Lumanta’s latest single “When Summer Comes Around”.

Seasonal changes really do come with their own invitation for personal histories to repeat in our minds, and that’s exactly what Glenn Lumanta alludes to in this ambiently emotionally fraught acoustic Folk Pop single. The narrative lyrical style has you hooked from the first verse and each progression in When Summer Comes Around serves to pull you further into the candid emotions spilt by Glenn Lumanta and put against a perfectly synergetic melody.

You can check out Glenn Lumanta’s single When Summer Comes Around for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Richard Fordham – Outside of Life: The Most Tenderly Enamouring Track You’ll Hear All Year

Listening to Richard Fordham’s latest single “Outside of Life” is an experience which will stick with me for the rest of my life. It was the moment I realised that so much of the airwaves are swallowed by people who have written songs about life before really living. Then, there are artists such as the UK based singer-songwriter who arranges stunning Psychedelic Indie Pop compositions around his lyrics which leave nothing to the imagination. The pain alluded to in Outside of Life becomes your pain, as you listen to Richard Fordham’s candid narrative of what it has been like to live with undiagnosed Asperger’s Syndrome for 70 years. Yet, as raw as the lyrics were, Fordham’s beautifully frank, poised, and charismatic vocal delivery allowed Outside of Life to retain a vibrant charm instead of allowing the soundscape to be consumed by melancholy. However, that may very well have been what had me shedding more tears than I’d care to admit while listening to Outside of Life.

You can check out Richard Fordham’s single Outside of Life for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dennis McCalmont’s – Highlights in Heaven: Emotively Potent, Masterfully Poised Rock

Irish singer-songwriter Dennis McCalmont is no stranger to creating music which will make your soul feel suitably rearranged. Their single “Highlights in Heaven” is the perfect introduction to their emotively potent approach to poised and passionate Rock.

Listening to Highlights in Heaven I couldn’t shake the reminiscence between Dennis McCalmont’s vocals and those which can be found in the Manic Street Preacher’s more sedate singles. James Dean Bradfield vocal comparisons are ones which I never make lightly. Yet, with Dennis McCalmont, the artist shares the same ability to spill passion put into the soundscape with just the perfect pinch of resonant and humanistic melancholy.

With the instrumentals in Highlights in Heaven, there’s absolutely no doubting the maturity of the artists who made each of the instruments sit in perfect synergy with one another creating a tonally rich and warm sound which borders on ethereal.

You can check out Dennis McCalmont’s latest single Highlights in Heaven for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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