If Damien Rice had grown up in the deep south instead of Eastern Ireland he may very well have written this song. Underwater is imbued with the same use of space, sweeping grace and atmosphere that Rice fills his songs with and the fact that Brian Mackey delivers a song which already sounds like it is from the closing credits of an underground film which has blown up massively with mainstream audiences says a lot about his abilities.
It is a song which feels as weightless in its musicality as it is heavy in its heart-aching sentiment, just the sound of a man with his piano writing a soundtrack to his memories yet somehow sitting in the space between musical expression and private rumination, exposing regrets without relinquishing them. It is this balance between the public song and the private thought that makes this emotional exorcism even more intense for being so tentative. Music can be many things but it is at its most potent when it is honest, reflective and intensely beautiful.
J.J. Leone delivers a captivating track with “Four Five Minutes”. The first thing I noticed when listening to this track is a great deal of Phil Collins and Genesis influence in the music and vocals. Don’t be mistaken, Leone is no cheap knockoff tribute act, but rather the kind of artist who takes the influence of others and creates his own unique sound from that foundation.
Kicking off with a memorable drum pattern that sets the tone for the rest of the song, “Four Five Minutes” features a great build featuring keyboards and guitar part that sounds very much like Mike Rutherford. Leone’s vocals are very warm and mellow, and tops off this track to make for a very easy and enjoyable listen.
“Four Five Minutes” combines a vast array of musicality, blending the smooth and mellow vibe of R&B, a soulful vocal delivery, and an incredibly tasteful and somewhat unexpected guitar solo to help bring the song to a close. The guitar solo often seems to be a lost art in contemporary music, so it is very refreshing to hear very David Gilmour-esque over bends and licks. I was really digging the song throughout, but when I heard this guitar solo come in, that’s what sets this track over the top for me. This reviewer rates “Four Five Minutes” 5.0 / 5.0 for excellent instrumentation, excellent vocals, excellent arrangement, and of course that guitar solo!
It’s clear that when Joey Sherman creates music the rulebook is no where in sight, even when you’re two minutes into the orchestral track which is Indian Summer, you have no idea what you’re listening to. Is it prog rock? Post rock? Orchestral Blues? There’s not a box big enough to put this sound within, it’s boundless, progressive, almost 7 minutes of pure, sultry cacophonies over the occasional transcendent guitar solo. The poetic singer, song writer and producer dropped his debut track New Years Eve which he douses in his pioneering sound.
When most musicians claim to be influenced by everything, it’s normally a vain attempt to seem more open and cultural, yet with Joey Sherman, you can hear his influence ring through his music, it’s sweetly reminiscent of everything from a Ramin Djawadi composition, to a Red Hot Chilli Peppers track. The production for such an underground track, is so polished, yet intricately grunge its paradoxical. However you define the sound, it’s definitely not something you want to miss out on.
Check out Indian Summer on YouTube using the link below:
2017 was a ground-breaking year for new artists, those bringing out music in 2018 have had the unenviable task of stepping up to the plate after such a monstrous year of music. Scottish based Pop act Priya Ferguson has knocked it out of the park with her debut single Falling. The track is a subtly succinct down-tempo mix, and will be a delight to Synth Indie Pop lovers who favour muted, haunted melodies. It’s hard to believe that this resounding track was written by someone of the tender age of 18.
The rest of her discography leans much more to the traditional roots of her heritage, but it’s obvious that she has found the right platform for her voice by using her international sound infused with melancholy. Priya has an unmistakable talent fuelled by her raw vocal ability even if at points the track could have been stronger, in parts it feels like she’s withholding in the track and not really connecting to the music as well as you’d hope for such an intimate track.
Anyone who has live duets with Toni Braxton and Patti Labelle on their CV is someone who has clearly paid their musical dues and as the slick and soulful strains of Gone emanate from the speaker you know that you are listening to something a bit special. Yet despite being able to name drop those and many other top industry names D. Ward isn’t content to sit on his laurels and live off of past glories and this track, and the forthcoming album Journeys are proof of his this.
Soulful pop and groove-laden R&B lay down a platform for his amazing voice as he tells a tale of lost love, a reflective and wistful memory filled with a heavy heart and boundless emotion. Sometimes there is something to be said for an act which pulls familiar musical heartstrings, sometimes you might prefer the sound of an artist working at the modern edge of the genre in question. With D. Ward you get the perfect blend of both.
MǾǾD dropped his latest track Vegas 4 ThWeekend just as 2017 drew to a close, offering fans the most twisted mash-up of Dancehall, Electronic and Alternative Rock one could possibly hope for. Forget reaching across genres, MǾǾD’s latest track transcends the foundations of sound by creating his own delectable mix of resonance that regardless of your musical persuasions is a pleasure for you to sink your teeth into.
The talented Singer Songwriter & Producer has utilized his penchant for old-school Alternative Rock with his infinite command over music production to create some of the most fulfilling beats on the Alternative Dance scene today. MǾǾD uses his eclectic list of influences of acts such as Drake, Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco & Frank Sinatra to bring his soulful renditions to life. The production to the sound is highly powered by a euphoric mix of Hip Hop Electronica.
In just 5 months, MǾǾD released an album along with 3 mixtapes, in 2018 he’s made it his mission to release a new album every month in 2018, it will be interesting to see if he pulls it off, but with that commitment to the cause, it’s hard to see where the uniquely talented artist can go wrong.
Vegas 4 ThWeekend is just one of the stand out tracks off his latest EP ‘The MǾǾD Life Vol. 1 which you can listen to on SoundCloud now:
Hypothetical is the latest single from Indie Soul singer songwriter Ivy roots. Following the success of her first album, she’s back with a vibrantly awakening new sound, in which she opens her subtle soul, to create a natural indie acoustic rendition that will quite frankly take your breath away. Her Single is stripped back to the necessities, just to provide an ample platform to support her stripped back voice and create a truly empyreal sound.
Ivy Roots isn’t your average singer song writer from the Midwest, her imagination allows her to transcend the genre and allows her to create a fresh new scene, paving the pathway for all other soul acoustic artists to follow. Her sound is an offering of tranquillity to the listener, similar to the sounds put out by India Arie & Lauryn Hill.
Ivy Roots has an admirable passion and determination to recreate herself through her sound by using her frankly stunning vocal ability alongside with her inherent feel for rhythm behind the music.
Check out the official video to Ivy Roots’ soulful single on YouTube using the link below:
A sound this pure could only stem from a Toronto based singer songwriter and producer. Bicycles in Amsterdam is the latest musical venture from the adorably sweet Russel Roger Harness.
If you didn’t fall in love with his last single Annie’s Song, you’ll be powerless to resist the sticky sweet melodies that the solo artist puts out. Swim Like a Monkey is the brand new single packed with captivating acoustic flow, perfectly orchestrated to create a playful sound that Russell created at the tender age of 21. I’m a firm believer that age is never of relevance when it comes to music, yet, It’s hard to get over the lyrical wisdom that is escaping his lyrical lips especially in his earlier track Annie’s song.
Russell takes the campfire approach to his sound for that ultimately raw wanderlust sound which brims with compassion and complexity. He’s not an artist that takes himself too seriously and that’s what I love about him, but I have a feeling, he doesn’t know quite how evocative his sound is.
I strongly recommend you check out Swim Like a Monkey via Spotify using the link below:
Yazzy Chamberlain is one of the most exciting up-and-coming artists coming out of the UK. Spearheaded by the BBC, this talented songstress is on the rise with a set of of exciting new tunes, as featured within her recent new EP, “Illusion of Love”.
This release is a particularly exciting project, featuring 5 previously unreleased songs. As the title of the EP might suggest, these tracks come from a very personal place. Yazzy sings of passion, love and heartbreak, and in her songs, lyrics are just as important as melodies, if not even more so! Her vocals are truly emotional, and each performance is filled with truthfulness and spontaneity. The production aesthetics of the EP are particularly special, because the organic feel of her music allows her songs to appear even more earnest.
“Illusion of Love” will be available starting from the 3rd of January pre-order here, and each of the five songs featured within the EP will actually be accompanied by a stunning matching music video, to offer a visual companion to each track in this her release.
This song can reach down into the pit of your stomach and wrench it with the veracity of your fist kiss behind the bike sheds. J R Harbidge’s charismatic vocal ability is just everything you need to hear at this time of the year. We’re swamped with crass sentimentality throughout the festive season, which is exactly why you should listen to his debut track which was brought out on 10th December. J R Harbidge undoubtedly has the potential to see himself through to the number one spot with his melodic prowess and command of minimalistic style.
This folk singer songwriter, has the ability to weave through his pensive style to make some of the most down to earth sounds through his acoustic unchained guitar melodies that twinge with some old school rhythm and blues familiarity.
The production and styling is absolutely flawless, a well rounded track for anyone looking for a little bit of Acoustic Singer Song Writer Soul to add to their playlists.
This song is pretty tame compared to the tracks on his album teaser, either way, I can’t wait to hear what Harbridge has in store!
Check out J R Harbidge’s debut track on the SoundCloud link below: