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The Arrestingly Soulful Up & Coming Acoustic Singer Songwriter You Need on Your Playlists

“If You Fall Apart” is the latest single released by acoustic singer-songwriter Jake Allen, proving that there are still plenty of ways to compose an authentically folkish, weighted soundscape.

It’s easy to be cynical listening to a new acoustic artist for the first time, yet Jake’s natural talent for musical expression is instantly arresting through his signature sonorous style. There’s a hauntingly beautiful magnetism behind Jake Allen and his fellow instrumentalists’ sound; the rhythm rolls and crashes just as fluidly as you’d imagine the ocean meeting the shore. The melody perfectly matching the vocals is one thing, but the resonance behind his soulful vocal expression is something else entirely.

You can check out “If You Fall Apart” performed live at Infinite Balance Studios by heading over to YouTube now. Needless to say, the production quality is flawless.


Rivky – Hear Me, Mr. Honey: Plaintively Reflective Soul Pop with a Neo-Classical Twist

When you’ve got Amy Lee (Evanescence) backing and producing an artist’s music, it leaves little doubt that what you’re going to hear when you hit play is anything less than a mesmeric ethereal hit. Which is exactly what you are treated to from up and coming vocalist, lyricist, and pianist Rivky and her single “Hear Me, Mr Honey”.

The piano melody tentatively matched Rivky’s plaintively reflective lyrical style and jaw-droppingly expressive vocals whilst the cello layered the track with quivering, resounding energy. I couldn’t name another contemporary Pop vocalist to match the strength in her vocals, they quite literally have the ability to consume you when she’s hitting the soaring high notes. It wouldn’t surprise me if she could shatter glass

You can check out Hear Me, Mr Honey for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Also, I didn’t think that any rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah still had the ability to make me cry, but Rivky seemed to manage it in her rendition which was recorded last year. Which you can listen to here.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


“To Be Near You” The Captivatingly Grounding Latest Single From Leon Lieffijn

Leon Lieffijn’s latest single “To Be Near You” is one of those tracks which defies every genre yet exceeds every expectation.

The lyrically compelling single unfolds under the light, yet weighted piano melodies during the first verse, yet, from the first hook you’re hit by an orchestrally resounding melody which is led by electric guitar and the concordantly deep hammering of the drums. To describe the single as ethereal almost feels like a drastic understatement, especially when it comes to the guitar outro. That’s without mentioning what the up and coming recording artist brings to the table vocally, the singer songwriter’s soulfully expressive style was made to sing heart-wrenching ballads such as To Be Near You.

You can check out Leon Lieffijn’s’s latest single To Be Near You along with his earlier singles for yourselves by heading over to Spotify. If you can check out his cover of Let It Be and not feel anything, it’s safe to say you’re a little bit dead inside. Dare I say I prefer Leon’s version to the Beatles?

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Jack Tinner – Teenage Revelry: Melodically Ethereal Acoustic

Will I ever tire of that angelically acoustic sound? Probably not, especially when there are still prodigally poignant artists emerging such as Jack Tinner.

Teenage Revelry may be his first single released, but it’s already perceptible that he’s found his signature style in his lightly melodic ethereal composition.  The Manchester, UK-based recording artist has the ability to create an overwhelmingly powerful yet tentative energy through his sound, perhaps that has a little something to do with the fact that he captured a sentiment through his lyrics which we can all relate to. Through the lyrics of Teenage Revelry Jack Tinner perfectly captures the nostalgia of your innocence, whether your childhood was one to get reminiscent about or not, the overall alchemy of the track won’t fail to resonate.

You can check out Jack Tinner’s debut single out for yourself by heading over to Spotify now.

Connect with Jack Tinner on Facebook and keep up to date with the latest releases of his melodically genius singles.  I have a feeling we’ll be hearing a lot more from him in the future with his already radio-ready sound.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


J. R. August – Crucify Me: Piano Melodies to Make You Pious

I may be a little bias calling J. R. August’s single Crucify Me a tearjerker considering the fact a piercing piano melody will always tear right through me. But anyone who appreciates a neo-classical acoustic progression is sure to find an aural home within the single which proves to be simultaneously haunting and beautiful.

The Croatian based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer possess a captivating enigmatic style which I can guarantee you won’t have heard the likes of before. The artist’s small town roots are practically tangible as you listen to the ease and grace of Crucify Me unfold under the light yet powerful notes of the piano.

Placing Crucify Me into a genre would be blasphemy, so, keep an open mind to the Folkish quintessence and the glossy Pop production of Crucify Me.  You can check out the stunning official video to Crucify Me for yourself by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Tim Mcgurl – Face The World So Green – A Heartfelt Song That Tells A Big Story

With the first few strums of the guitar I immediately knew this song has something deep and meaningful to offer. And it did not disappoint. In fact it offered a brilliant set of lyrics and an even more heartfelt performance. The gentle guitar melody and chords making up the intro offer a unique kind of melancholic feeling that at the same time is beautifully characterised with the use of space and the way notes resonate within it. But this is not all.

“Face the World So Green” is in itself a life story turned into a stripped down song which immediately hits the heart. It talks about the strength needed by a mother and her kids after the loss of her husband, in a very touching way. The fact that this song is so intimate, with just guitar and voice, makes it even more heartfelt, truly expressing the strength that is needed from the perspective of a young adolescent in such a situation.

With descriptive and image evoking lyrics, a simplistic yet impactful guitar arrangement and a brilliantly raw vocal performance, this song shows us what it means to be human in the most beautiful of ways.

Sarah Marie Bugeja


Andy Ard’ – “Why You Gotta Be Like That?” : A Brilliant Message With An Unforgettable Chorus

“Write, record, release repeat.” This is Andy Ard’s motto and it clearly shows his brilliant work ethic and dedication. And as you listen to his brand new track “Why You Gotta Be Like That” you will confirm this even more with every passing second. Released just over a month ago and produced by John McVey, this song projects a clear and positive message which we should all apply in our lives.

Andy Ard’s music directly shows that he cares deeply about the song’s priorities and the message he wants to convey. In this case he brilliantly pens lyrics which are all about self awareness, the elimination of negative energy and the choice to be better. As soon as I heard the words “You’re making your mind up every hour of every day, How you want to be, and it will always go your way,’ accompanied by a propelling harmonic and rhythmic movement, and sung so convincingly, I understood that Andy Ard has truly mastered his craft of songwriting and song delivery. Apart from this, you will not be able to get the chorus out of your mind. “Why You Gotta Be Like That” is just one of those songs that not only have a brilliant message, but also feel good and are very well written. Listen to it now on Bandcamp!

Sarah Marie Bugeja


Leo Lucchesi – Running Against the Wind: Blues Rock Roots with a Contemporary Flair

Running Against the Wind is the debut single from up and coming recording artist Leo Lucchesi. The singer-songwriter takes his aural inspiration from the soundscapes of the simpler times of the 70’s. He’s kept his smooth, bluesy Folk Rock sound in line with the traditional roots of the genre whilst adding a touch of contemporary melancholic flair.

I wasn’t expecting the sheer level of progression which Running Against the Wind contained, a pensive prelude led up to a chorus of sweet Americana-soaked Country vibes as the momentum of the track fully hit you. Suddenly, it’s not so melancholic after all as the guitar-driven instrumentals lead you through the reverb heavy melodies which are sure to hit you with waves of nostalgia.

You can check out Leo Lucchesi’s single Running Against the Wind for yourself by heading over to Spotify.

Running Against the Wind is the first single released by the Boston based vocalist, songwriter and guitarist but if you like what you hear, you can look forward to his debut album which is due for release in 2019.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Christina Nini – Cry: Meet the Queen of the Contemporary Love Ballad

Yep, you guessed it, Christina Nini’s latest single Cry is an absolute tear jerker. As soon as you hit play you’re treated to some high-octane emotion from the up and coming Pop singer songwriter. The prelude playfully teases you into a track which deals with all the drudgery of heartbreak in one of the most poignant and raw ballads I’ve had the pleasure of checking out this summer.

As the artist’s fourth single unfolds, the emotion contained in the lyrics becomes palpable; they almost certainly contain a piece of Christina Nini’s soul. Her strong and lascivious vocal style further amplifies the resonance behind the lyrics which perfectly matches the instrumentals behind Cry.  The use of acoustic and digital instruments in the mix create an ethereally tentative pace for the vocals to follow giving Cry that ultimate feel-good, chill out vibe alongside treating you to some blinding instrumental breakdown and solo’s especially from the electric guitar.

You can check out Christina Nini’s latest single Cry for yourselves by heading over to Spotify; why not stick the single on your coffee shop playlists while you’re there.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Joey Sherman – Rock of Ages!

Steam Train is built of equal measures of  alt-rock poise, bluesy rock intensity and psychedelic haze, a blend of Doorsian dystopia and heavy psychedelic infusions, with leviathan guitar swathes and classic rock grooves. I guess this is what the kids today would call alt-rock but alt-rock is named for its parallel stance to the classic sounds, and this is full of classic sounds, classic but not cliched.

Whilst their fellow rock bands are either pursuing a new rock path with their skinny jeans and their fashionable hair or sticking to the rules of a foot on the monitor, patched denim jacket golden age, Joey Sherman takes a cleverer and more discerning root. He travels the back roads of rock history picking up 60’s drop out vibes and spoken word intimacy, 70’s underground moves and 80’s post-punk revivalism, 90’s grunge weight and more modern rebranding that has lead to a nostalgia infused Bohemia. But he does all of this whilst moving forward and that is why he stands apart form the pack and makes a sound so vital to the evolution of the modern music scene.

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