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Kristen Beckwith tells a piano-led story of love, longing and betrayal with ‘Already Chosen Her’

Kristen Beckwith

Utah-based pop/folk singer-songwriter Kristen Beckwith’s heartfelt piano-led story of love, longing, and betrayal, is an intense, mournful tale of heartbreak, the refrain ‘if you loved me, why’d you tell me, when you knew/you were never coming back here, you’d already chosen her’ plaintive and haunting over the delicate minor chord arrangement.

It’s beautiful, Beckwith’s voice is more than able to carry the space in the style of Beverly Craven or Norah Jones, soothing, hurt, and sorrowful all at once, the anguish in the realisation of lost love – ‘…and I thought you were the one…’-  clear and heartfelt. The sparse instrumentation detracts nothing, instead, adding a pensive melancholy to the track that perfectly matches Beckwith’s vocal.

‘Already Chosen Her’ comes from Kristen Beckwith’s debut album ‘A True Story’, released on October 2nd. You can hear more from Kristen here.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Natasha Jane Julian – West Coast Girl: Sun-Baked Summer Sadness

Smoky, sultry, and initially piano-led, Natasha Jane Julian’s ‘West Coast Girl’ resolves into a beautifully, chilled alt-pop ballad telling the story of a California girl, dreaming and searching amidst sun-baked summer sadness.

Julian’s thoughtful, evocative lyrics and soulful, atmospheric vocal carry the song over keys and bass, a sophisticated and distinctive vocal performance that’s both commercial and individual. Julian is currently working on new material with UK composer/producer Ian Barter, but ‘West Coast Girl’ is the perfect late-summer antidote to darkening evenings and lockdown malaise.

Hear ‘West Coast Girl’ on Natasha’s website.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Oxford singer-songwriter Danny Mellin remembers the good times on ‘Easy’

Danny Mellin sings of life’s journey and reminisces about the good times on ‘Easy‘.

Danny Mellin hails from Oxfordshire and starting writing music at a very young age, releasing his first song ‘Without You’ at just 14 years old. This young artist is a true sing-songwriter in the true form, his peaceful nature shines through the doom and gloom of 2020.
September 2018 saw a launch event for his EP, ‘Holding On’ at the Rapture music store. Since then, Danny has played Oxford’s South Park for JACK FM, and continues to be a regular festival performer and support act, supporting the likes of Jake Clemons, Little Brother Eli and friends The White Lakes. He has also been played on BBC Introducing multiple times, as well as playing live sessions on air for BBC Oxford.

I love the energy here and the old soul simmers by a fireplace with his warm lyrics and stories of when life was easier. You didn’t have to worry about rent, food and life in general. Life was so much easier and what happen since then.

The indie-folk artist from Oxford sings with such poise and his authentic style makes this such a terrific listen. ‘Easy‘ is a listen that will make you smile and Danny Mellin is an artist we all need to see live.

Click here for the Spotify link.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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‘It Wasn’t True’ is a tale of love that can’t be lost from Emilio Lanza

It Wasn’t True‘ is the fantastic new single from the laid-back soul of Italian singer-songwriter Emilio Lanza.

Emilio Lanza is a self-taught Italian indie-pop singer-songwriter who graduated with a university degree in engineering but music is what he loves. This passionate singer has used the skills he picked up before to transform his music into a worldly experience. He makes awesome music, filled with skill and beauty. He has experience with jazz and this shines though and adds a lovely element to the song. He is also a Certified Apple Pro with Logic Pro X and this has really helped him with the creative process in his music.

With an earthy feel and flouring with sonic and spectacular acoustic sounds, this is a love song with all the right ingredients. This is about a breakup that you don’t want to happen. All those rumors were untrue, the love must stay alive and you are confident that things will change. Your lover was avoiding and things seem rough right now. You refuse to give up and want this to work so much.

This is an experienced musician with lots of electronic beats to mix in with the finger-style acoustic music that Emilio excels at. This is a fine track and I love the sentiment and the whole sound that is projected through the whole experience here on ‘It Wasn’t True‘ from the wonderful Italian singer Emilio Lanza.

Click here for the Spotify link.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Michele showcases her elegance on the beautiful journey ‘Mirage’

Singer-songwriter Michele showcases her elegance on the beautiful journey that fills the room with intrigue on ‘Mirage‘.

A variety of music styles is the feel here with with Michele’s signature dreamy-depressing indie-pop filled with wonderful vocals. This singer is a huge fan of mirrors and shadows, her music drifts into your ears and grabs you by the lobes. You feel a sense of warmth and slight sadness at the same time. You move your body to this graceful artist and her amazing artwork.

This is a music soundtrack to a movie surely. The wonderful violin picks me up and I feel like I am on clouds right now. The music and vocals combine to heat all senses.  I like the harmony and vision from the track as I wonder when I can see this  beauty live.

A love ballad that is so unique, the Dubai-based singer brings a full orchestral string team to help her find the lost lover that she wants so badly. The world is strange now and she wants to feel safe.

Mirage‘ is a fascinating effort from the wonderful Michele and she treats us with this fine release in 2020.

Click here for the Soundcloud.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Nash brings us a tale of indie-pop pureness with ‘Every Time’

Nash brings us a tale of indie-pop pureness with ‘Every Time‘ that strides through into our ears.

After growing up in Moscow in a family of music lovers, music was Nash’s guide to life, helping him interpret, define and view the world. In a post-Soviet Russia, where rapid political and social changes produced a tense and aggressive atmosphere, Nash referred to music to cope with his emotional and sensitive nature. He listened to the likes of The Beatles and The White Stripes, and was massively influenced by their melodic sentiment and sound. He soon know what he had to do.

A move from Moscow to London followed and greatly inspired the talented singer-songwriter to do what he knows he came for. Play music and get a foot into the world of the legendary venues all over the City. This was the mission and he was ready now. His time to shine.

Every Time‘ is that road trip favorite, you like like play it on loud and get lost into the quality musicianship. This is an artist who has moved countries and found his home now. The way he sings is so pure and you just know he has amazing stories of playing live all over the lands. Nash brings us his story of being hard on himself but still has hope and this is sung so well. He has the seen the light and is now flourishing.

Click here for the Spotify link.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Mackenzie Shrieve has released her intimately absorbing Indie Folk Pop single “In the Before”

There are very few things in life more soothing than Mackenzie Shrieve’s compassionately inviting vocals. In her latest single “In the Before” which dropped on September 10th, her intimately comforting vocals perfectly match the Folk Pop instrumentals which are endearing and absorbing in equal measure.

I think the lyric “I don’t want you to slip away like every other moment in this Summer haze” legitimately broke my heart. The concepts which the track plays with will leave you awash with sun-kissed lovelorn nostalgia. It may be a rough ride, but the accordance, soul, and almost celestial level of ingenuity in the production will definitely soften the blow.

With plenty more in the pipeline for 2020 and beyond, Mackenzie Shrieve is well worth putting on your radar.

You can check out the official music video to In the Before via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Emily Lockett gives Country Pop Rock a stunning modernist twist with “Front Porch”

Emily Lockett

Throw your preconceptions out of the window before you hit play on Emily Lockett’s upcoming Country single “Front Porch”.

With a stunning modernist twist, Emily Lockett has allowed the genre to make a seismic shift in contemporary resonance. The electric guitars grace the soundscape with angularly absorbing licks to ensure that even though Front Porch is roots-deep in Old School Country Blues attitude, it drips with commercial potential.

The UK-based singer-songwriter and instrumentalist is currently studying at one of the finest institutions in the UK, I’m of course referring to BIMM Manchester. She’s already had plenty of success with her former releases after making her debut in December 2016. I can’t help but feel excited about what’s to come from the trailblazingly distinctive artist. Get her on your radar.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Front Porch, in the meantime, you can head on over to the artist’s official website and check out their former releases.

Keep up to date with news of the forthcoming release via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rya Park has released her compassionately candid single “The Lucky Ones”

Rya Park

From the first lyric in Rya Park’s latest Funk-soaked feat of stylistic Pop “The Lucky Ones,” you’re hooked. Her scathing wit perfectly pairs with her romantic air and the vibrance offered by this tonally stunning single.

The chorus is guaranteed to stick to your synapses like superglue. The concept which Rya Park plays around with in The Lucky Ones is enough to shift your own perspective when it comes to dissecting your romantic tragedies and successes.

It’s a flawless radio-ready Pop hit. If anyone has got what it takes to climb the Pop charts, it’s Rya Park. The Australian-born singer-songwriter and instrumentalist is never afraid to tackle issues which delve far beyond the surface. With her tracks touching upon mental health, toxic relationships and melancholy, she’s everything the airwaves need right now.

I wish there was someone so compassionate, candid and insightful releasing records when I was younger.

You can check out Rya Park’s single The Lucky Ones via this link

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Head down the rabbit hole with Winter Rae’s new Alt Electropop single “One of Us”

Atlanta-based Pop artist Winter Rae has invited you down the rabbit hole with her latest single “One of Us”. With a touch of archaic experimentalism within the infectiously fresh Alt Electropop mix, you can’t help but be immersed in the ingenuity which boasts quaint nuances of cabaret. Yet, One of Us stands as one of the most stylistic Pop drops of 2020.

“Fuck you but have a good day” may just be my new favourite lyric of all time. Winter Rae’s sound exceeds expectation on every single level. The authenticity, the alluring vocal timbre, the witty sass-dripping attitude in the lyrics, the commitment to ensuring that a song like One of Us has never been on the airwaves before, it’s all there. Watch this space.

You can check out One of Us on all major streaming platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast