Impressive New Soul Music from Amanda St John Will Turn Heads


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Irish songstress AMANDA ST JOHN releases 2nd studio album The Muscle Shoals Sessions, recorded in the world famous FAME Studios, (USA).

“If Dusty Springfield were alive, she’d say ‘that’s my girl’!”

(Grammy winning US producer Jon Tiven)

In May 2018 Amanda became the 1st independent Irish artist in history to record in FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Following in the footsteps of her musical heroes Aretha Franklin & Etta James she took a huge leap of faith (and financial risk) to record her 2nd studio album in this legendary studio.      

Talking about the experience, Amanda reports      

It is was a dream come true for me and my band members (Paul Tierney and Producer Michael Mormecha) to get the opportunity to record in FAME along with “swampers” bass player David Hood (Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Percy Sledge, Paul Simon, Alicia Keys etc) and piano/keys/hammond player Clayton Ivey (Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Joss Stone, The Supremes etc).   

More about Amanda: 

Amanda St John is a soulful singer-songwriter from Northern Ireland. She is a mainstay on the Irish radio, festival and gig circuit and has been described as a “Head-turning vocalist with serious song writing prowess………a sensational artist” (Visit Dublin). She has worked with artists like Brian Kennedy, Eddi Reader, Mary Coughlan, Gareth Dunlop, Ciaran Gribbin (of INXS) and Jon Tiven (Grammy winning Nashville writer/producer whose CV has included BB King, Van Morrison and The Rolling Stones etc…).

Gaining substantial media interest in Ireland and the UK including extensive airplay on the BBC and RTE as well as reviews in Hot Press Magazine & The Irish Times.

Amanda is known for her passionate and powerful live performances and is fast establishing herself as one of Ireland’s leading vocalists. With live sessions with ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris and Gaby Roslin on BBC Radio London, various other live performances/interviews across BBC regional’s, U105, Downtown/Cool FM, UTV Live Television etc, as well as many festival slots and tours of the UK, Ireland and the USA (which included the prestigious Folk Alliance Festival and a private event for the US President) under her belt, the future is looking very bright indeed for this talented musician. Her debut album “Grow”; was launched in May 2016 at the prestigious Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast and has received rave reviews and worldwide airplay including a national advert campaign for The Rio Olympics for the title track ‘Grow’.

On Arvo Party Mix – ‘Made Myself a Name’ is an upbeat song about the struggles of trying to make it as a singer. I wanted a quirkier, more 70’s Tom Waits vibe on this one and thought a remix might be a good option to make it stand stronger as a single. I’m a big fan of collaborating and had wanted to work with Arvo Party for a while so thought it would be a good opportunity to see what he could bring to this track. I totally love what he’s done with it, he’s brought the song to a whole new level!

Impressive New Soul Music from Amanda St John Will Turn Heads

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Gothic Urban Blues New High Calibre Album from Harry Stafford


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Manchester-based indie music stalwart Harry Staffordpresents his new album ‘Gothic Urban Blues’ viaBlack Lagoon Records, previewed by singles ‘She Just Blew Me Away’ and ‘Painted Ocean’, a smokey, barroom piano-blues lament that is “a message that riffs on a sublime ‘painted’ ocean, which, while once was a heaving beautiful living thing, is now a dump!” says Harry Stafford.

This is an album about the Metropolis, the naked city, the urban sprawl and the need to get back to the ripped back streets when you’re far away. If there are a million stories in the naked city, here are a few to keep you warm.

Mixed and engineered by Ding Archer (The Fall, PJ Harvey) at his 6Db Studio in Salford, this album was co-produced by Archer and Harry Stafford and was Inspired by the musings of such jazz and blues stalwarts as Mose Allison and Hoagy Carmichael.

Harry Stafford is best known as founder, guitarist and vocalist of post-punk gothic rockers Inca Babies. His band Guitar Shaped Hammers includes drummer Rob Haynes (The Membranes, Inca Babies), trumpeter Kevin Davy (Lamb, Cymande), guitarist Andy Mills, and Vincent O’Brien on Weisseborn slide guitar.

Formed in the early 1980s, Inca Babies released four albums and multiple singles and Peel sessions. Much of his musical career has been spent with Inca Babies, playing across Europe and the world but in 2015, after 35 years with Inca Babies, Stafford decided to release untamed solo material that echoes his love of blues piano and barroom ballads.

The new album ‘Gothic Urban Blues’ and debut solo album ‘Guitar Shaped Hammers’ (2017), are the inevitable result, reflecting a multitude of ideas around a driving yet lilting punk-piano blues. The idea was for Stafford to leave his noisy electric guitar behind – abandoning everything he held and cherished – to make some new music with a piano and a head full of ideas.

The new album features a more defined sound of a band finding its stride. The band is here forth called Guitar Shaped Hammers to reflect this cohesion of musical unity – with more guitars from Vincent O’Brien, and an additional layered sonic blast from Nick Brown (The Membranes). With intense percussion from Rob Haynes and a truly masterful trumpet contribution from jazz supremo Kevin Davy, the result is very much the soundtrack of a basement radio station stumbling across a new genre they’ve tagged Gothic Urban Blues.

“It was important to reassemble these musicians again as there was a lot of ground we hadn’t covered. I had about fourteen songs and selected ten to be on the record. They were songs I had been playing around the bars of Manchester in order to hone into a neat arrangement,” says Harry Stafford.

“I rehearsed with Rob and Vincent and we laid down a foundation, allowing Nick and Kevin to add their unique elements. Their parts were there to compete and yet complement each other. Kevin is a hugely in-demand jazz musician, who graces the funk of Cymande and the smooth grooves of Lamb, not to mention his jazz workshops in London. I wanted Kevin to radiate his love of Miles Davis and send a wave of goosebumps and steely soul through the spine of this sound. Nick, with a guitar born of jagged punk and sinister drones, was to create a brittle edge to balance the beauty.”

The ‘Gothic Urban Blues’ LP is now available everywhere, including iTunes and Spotify. It is also available for pre-order on vinyl and CD via the artist’s Bandcamp (the physical release will occur closer to summer). The launch performance by Harry Stafford and Guitar Shaped Hammers will be announced at a later date.

CREDITS 
Harry Stafford: Piano, keys, guitar and vocals
Rob Haynes: Drums, percussion
Vincent O’Brien: Slide guitar, lap blues slide and guitar
Nick Brown: bass and guitar
Kevin Davy: Horns
Written by Harry Stafford
Mixed and engineered by Ding Archer at 6Db Studio
Produced by Ding Archer and Harry Stafford
Mastered by Stephan at Oxygene Music
Released by Black Lagoon Records through Cargo UK BLRCD/LP0054

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Dorah Jacson Releases Heartfelt New Single “LURKING”


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21 year old Dorah Jacson (a.k.a Kayla Smart) is quite the mellifluous soul, and a talented songwriter to add, possessing a heartfelt yet whimsical writing style. She delivers songbird like vocals, accompanied by driving guitar licks, all forming her own dark and dreamy stylings of indie, pop, and alt-rock. Following the release of her debut single “Away” in February 2019, Dorah Jacson quickly gained rave reviews from Triple J presenterswas featured on Home & Hosed, added to Unearthed rotation, and given the opportunity to open at the Big Pineapple Music Festival on the main stage. Dorah Jacson has since released the single “Sinking”, and played her first headline show at Solbar Maroochydore to an amazing response. Dorah kicks off 2020 with the first single “Lurking” from her forthcoming EP set to be released on March 6th.

Produced, mixed, and engineered by Nicholas Wilson at Rockinghorse Studios in Byron Bay, “Lurking” was written within half an hour, with Dorah explaining the track “is for anyone that’s had someone get in their space when they are not welcome. Most people will think straight to physical kinds of harassment, but online harassment through messaging is where this song came from for me. It’s been real scary seeing a lot of people thinking they can say whatever they like to whoever they like online, so I’m hoping this song can raise more awareness on the issue. One of those incidents happened one day and I just blurted out what was on my mind over this chord progression I came up with.”

The Sunshine Coast local started off by playing solo around the area, gaining a loyal following through her captivating performances before her first single had even been released. Now with a band behind her, featuring Erin Ellis on lead guitar & vocals, Lachlan Pearson on bass, and Nick Keogh-Peel on drums, Dorah Jacson has been able to take her performance to the next level.  This raw emotion and passion that shines through in the live set has recently led to a great performance at Brisbane’s Mountain Goat Valley Crawl

Dorah Jacson Releases Heartfelt New Single “LURKING”

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Rock Guitar Wunderkind Sammy Boller’s Debut Album, Kingdom Of The Sun


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A former music student at the University of Michigan, Sammy catapulted onto the national radar in 2012, when Joe Satriani selected him as a winner in Guitar Center’s “Master Satriani” competition. Now, an internationally-acclaimed player, Boller has amassed a large and loyal online following, and he earns his living as a full-time musician. Prior to embarking on his solo career, Sammy played guitar for the band, Citizen Zero (Wind-Up Records/Concord Music Group). Their State Of Mind LP notched multiple radio singles, including the debut release “Go (Let Me Save You)”, which cracked the Top 15 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart. Sammy’s exceptional playing and his sophisticated songwriting shined throughout Citizen Zero’s impressive 11-song offering.

 

“Sammy Boller, at a young age, has already developed a unique approach to playing, with power and inventiveness well beyond your expectations of a typical instrumentalist. An exciting blend of musical styles and the tension in his music puts him in a position to become a guitar hero for a new generation” Dave Friedman – Friedman Amplifiers


Outside of his own live touring schedule, Sammy also spends time on the road riding shotgun with world-renowned amplifier wizard Dave Friedman (Friedman Amplification). Friedman tapped Boller, a loyal BE-100 devotee, to be one of the young guns representing and promoting his esteemed line of amplifiers, pedals and guitars. The two regularly embark on runs through the States and Europe to sponsor clinics and gear demonstrations. In addition to his support role with Friedman, Boller is also a contributing columnist for Guitar World Magazine. His online column (“Secrets of Shred With Sammy Boller”) has a loyal monthly following, regularly racking up view counts in the tens of thousands.

When asked to describe his influences and approach, Sammy says, “My guitar playing has always been about plugging into an amp and blowing the walls down. I grew up wanting to be Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhoads, but over time I’ve found my own dark and aggressive style. These days, my dream as a musician is to make people feel as connected to the cosmos as I feel when I play the guitar. I’d love nothing more than that.”

 

Featured on GuitarWorld.com, Ultimate-Guitar.com and Guitarplayer.com

Tracklist:

Kingdom of the Sun
Sunrise/Sunset
Cloak of Light
Iolite
For Madmen Only
Dark Night of the Soul
Illusions
The Empress
Mirror of the Heart
Temple of Time
Awakening From The Daydream

All songs composed by Sammy Boller
Produced by Steve Lehane
Mixed by David Bendeth
Album art by Karen Lynch

Rock Guitar Wunderkind Sammy Boller’s Debut Album, Kingdom Of The Sun

LINKS TO SAMMY BOLLER

Website: https://www.sammyboller.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sammy-Boller-121227427076/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sammyboller

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Come Alive with New Indie Power Pop from Aspy Jones


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Aspy Jones releases his new single ‘Come Alive’ recorded in Brisbane by James North Productions.

 ‘Come Alive’ is a power pop song with a very serious message. “Come Alive was written about women who I see, spending their lives trying to make other people happy but not thinking about their own happiness”, says Aspy,  “I am surrounded by strong, independent women and it saddens me when I see other women who are not in control of their own lives and their future is in the power of someone or something else. I wrote this song to encourage them to be the person they want to be and I hope they find the strength to do that” 

 

Twenty-two-year-old Aspy Jones was shocked that his debut EP ‘Tantamount’, was such a success. It was funded by the Regional Arts Fund and three of the tracks released reached the top of the Triple J Unearthed Charts.

 

Aspy has been entertaining crowds at venues and festivals across Queensland including the Gympie Music Muster, Rockhampton River Festival, Rush Festival, Hervey Bay Seafood Festival, Peregian Originals, Hot 91 Fire in the Sky and was even showcased at the Sunshine Coast Music Industry Conference, Turn Up.

 

Aspy Jones did not have the easiest of childhoods and was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at 8 years old. “Finding a place in the world is not easy for people with autism”, says Aspy, “And I was embarrassed for a long time, but now I think my different ability helps my creativity as a songwriter”.

 

Aspy’s unique character, great sense of humour and personality always spills out into his lyrics. “Song writing is my life, I write songs to try and entertain, encourage or just to connect with people. I always feel really happy when someone says they relate to my lyrics”, says Aspy, “I also love messing around with the words and making them fit, it’s like a verbal game of Tetris”.

Come Alive is out now on all music platforms – See All Links Below

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Ender Bender Brings Synth-Pop Debut Single Star Killer To Life


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Ender Bender , a newcomer in the indie pop world, presents his debut single ‘Star Killer’. This is the first single from his forthcoming ‘EQ’ EP, to be released in spring 2020. This song explores the ups and downs, the angels and the demons of life in Los Angeles.


Ender Bender is the solo project of Eddie Olguin, a multi-instrumentalist producer, guided by a unique mission of making perfect modern pop rock. Creating music and spreading bliss in the face of the realization that nothing in life is perfect, the pursuit of this perfect sound is what fuels the Ender Bender fire.


“She raised me and made me who I was, both mother and lover, an open highway to my fantasies and, eventually, the butler of my demons.  This song is but a humble, yet bittersweet, ode to LA.,” says Eddie Olguin.


“Despite the fact that I’ve lived a life worthy of a Bret Easton Ellis novel, these songs are inspired by real life experiences, which I believe are relatable. However, I consciously try to project positive energy, through every song, even if they’re based on a painful or dark experience.”


An artist and a small business owner in Los Angeles, Olguin had the Ender Bender ‘vision”, one night in a hospital in Glendale, California while literally facing the prospects of his own death. He decided that he had to cut ties with the artistic quagmire that is Los Angeles and all of its demons. Soon after, the Universe, in all her giving glory, opened the doors for Eddie to relocate to Rome, Italy in the name of love, sanity and, in this case, music.


Not looking for a scene, but simply in need of a certain energy and feeling, Rome proved to be the perfect place for Eddie to create this music, bringing the Ender Bender project to fruition. “Listen. Fall in love. Sing along. Reminisce. Think of the future. Live in the now. All at once,” says Olguin.


Inspired by music from multiple genres, including light-hearted indie pop, Ender Bender combines new wave and synthpop elements of decades past with forward thinking indie pop and electro. Here the past meets the future in an addictive sonic stimulant designed in a audio lab somewhere.


“Ender Bender is an attempt at creating modern pop rock so I was influenced from older artists such as INXS and Phil Collins to newer artists, whom I believe are pursuing a similar vision, such as Phoenix, Alex Cameron, Cage the Elephant, Sam Fender, Fat White Family, etc…”


Star Killer’ is now available everywhere digitally across online stores and streaming platforms. The full EP, ripe with five tracks, is scheduled for release on Friday, April 24.

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Jordan Merrick Returns to His Roots with New Single Millennial Blues


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One of Brisbane’s favourite folk singer-songwritersJordan Merrick, has not slowed down since the release of his debut album ‘Night Music’ (released October 2019) and with his new single ‘Millennial Blues’, he is returning to his roots.

In Merrick’s debut album, he explored a new sound from that of his previous two EP’s (released in 2017). Venturing through blues, folk, rock, country and elements of vaudeville, this studio project involved big arrangements comprised of layers of instruments.

Together, Merrick’s debut album and previous EP’s have seen support from Triple JDouble JABC RadioRAGEMTV AustraliatheMusicPile RatsAU ReviewRhythms Mag and community radio where he has landed in the AMRAP charts a number of times.

Now, for ‘Millennial Blues’, Merrick has returned to his humble sound made simply with his poetic lyrics and an acoustic guitar. Merrick creates a settling and peaceful mood with his feathery touch on the guitar and his distinct Australiana vocal tone. Despite the lyrics contemporary message, Merrick’s sound opens a doorway to a distant, simpler time.

Jordan Merrick describes the meaning behind ‘Millennial Blues’:

“‘Millennial Blues’ chronicles the world my generation was born into – the social media age where we’re constantly surrounded by the pressure of appearance and image. We’re a generation amassing stupendous debt to get qualifications to one day pay off said debt.”

Jordan Merrick was to perform on the 18th of April at Brisbane’s Junk Bar alongside JB Paterson, Ruby Gilbert and Lisa De Angeis. (postponed due to Covid 19 pandemic)

See more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/486915912190471/

Jordan Merrick Returns to His Roots with New Single Millennial Blues

LINKS TO JORDAN MERRICK

Website: http://jordanmerrick.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JordanMerrickMusic/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/infolkwetrust 

Bandcamp: https://jordanmerrick.bandcamp.com/ 

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0ahcACj3s9GCO561Tja3Mj

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Rich Delinquent Outstanding Debut EP DM Me If You Need To


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Following on from the success of his latest single “It’s Cold Where I’m From”Melbourne based singer/producer Rich Delinquent has returned with the epic fourth single from his debut EP of the same title DM If You Need To.

Rich Delinquent explain “the EP as whole stems from personal experiences, touching on battles with life’s hardships. Ultimately “DM If You Need To” is a songwriting form of catharsis to keep the demons at bay.”

Influenced by the likes of The WeekndBring Me the Horizon, and Odesza, the EP is entirely self-produced by Rich Delinquent in his Melbourne home studio, with the tracks deriving from a very clear vision of blending different genres of music to create something fresh with his voice being the anchor of the entire project. Rich Delinquent explain 

“writing this EP was a blur. Some was done on the road whilst touring a different project, some was done abroad and some was done in my home studio. The whole project came from a very dark place that I don’t wish to share publicly yet.”

A self proclaimed “absolute perfectionist”, the writing and recording process for Rich Delinquent’s debut EP was extremely tedious – “I’ll do hundreds of takes of a song until it is perfect and need minimal tuning if any.” 

Fans are set to benefit from this perfectionist attitude, with the five track EP providing a captivating insight into the artist’s personality, passion for music, and life in general.

Rich Delinquent Outstanding Debut EP DM Me If You Need To

LINKS TO RICH DELINQUENT

Website: https://www.richdelinquent.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/richdelinquent/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/richdelinquent/

Fanlink: https://fanlink.to/dmifyouneedto

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New Zealands Ronél Hunter Took A Chance with New Music


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New Zealand recording artist Ronél Hunter announces the release of her new album ‘Move at Will’. Along with her album she is releasing her 3rd single  ‘Took a Chance’ along with a beautiful new music video.

‘Took A Chance’ is a song that Ronél wrote about her husband. It tells their story in a nutshell. When they first met Ronél had just come out of a relationship and she wasn’t ready for something else. He, however, was very persistent and he won her over and has stuck by her through all her “crazy and sane times”.

Ronél said .. “Move At Will tells of my search for freedom over the past ten years. Here in New Zealand, I met and married my amazing husband and we have three beautiful children. It’s here that I’ve been able to find true freedom in Christ.  There have been many highs and a few lows …..”Freedom always has its price.  Some days it will charge you twice.”

My journey has included walking through depression, which I experienced after the birth of our third child, and I’ve learned to work through the loss of loved ones and cope with missing family and friends in South Africa. “

Ronél Hunter is a Singer Songwriter based in Kaka Point New Zealand. Originally from South Africa, Ronél played at the local folk festivals, before she settled in New Zealand in 2009, and married her Kiwi husband in 2011. Ronél writes songs about real life and is a firm believer in being real and being yourself. At the heart, Ronél is a storyteller. With musical influences such as Tracy Chapman, Guy Clark, Dolly Parton, Karen Zoid and Alanis Morissette, her focus is on the story a song has to tell and the emotion behind it, rather than being concerned about the genre. She has the ability to step into a song and to become a part of the story, as she takes the audience with her on a beautiful journey of discovering the heart of each song.

New Zealands Ronél Hunter Took A Chance with New Music

LINKS TO RONEl HUNTER

Website: https://grietappel.wixsite.com/ronelhunter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HisSongs1byronelhunter/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ronelkapphunter/

Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHgaBT-XiR-oqDPbWVekPKQ

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Indie Pop Artist Zoe Sky Jordan Releases New Music


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Indie Pop Artist Zoe Sky Jordan Releases New Music

Blending her signature feathery vocals with honest, biting lyrics and catchy, angular melodies, Nashville-based singer-songwriter  Zoe Sky Jordan  crafts a unique brand of alt pop with her newest album,  Scenes From Infinity, out now on all platforms.

Produced by her husband, Liam Russell (a first-time collaboration for the couple), the new record was written entirely out of studio by Jordan on a Volca Beats drum machine, giving the material a sense of return to her teenage bedroom-writing days.

The daughter of Canadian hit-songwriters Marc Jordan (Rod Stewart, Diana Ross) and Amy Sky (Olivia-Newton John, Reba McEntire), Toronto-born Zoe Sky Jordan has been writing and performing all her life, getting her first big break when her single, “Tonight,” was featured on Degrassi: The Next Generation. The up-and-coming artist later moved to Nashville to record her 2016 debut, full-length album, Topiary, with Ian Fitchuk, the Grammy Award-winning producer behind Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour. Scenes From Infinity marks Jordan’s first release since then.

“I hope that Scenes From Infinity makes people feel a little blue, in a happy way. That’s how I felt when I wrote it. It’s about my first year of marriage, which was such a huge, sometimes painful, transitional time,” she admits. “I wanted to be really vulnerable about how it wasn’t all roses and family trips to the beach. Liam and I wrestled so much with our identity in that year in all sorts of different ways. I think it’s important to recognize that even when your life changes for the better, it can be really sad to let go of what you had before. I chose the title Scenes From Infinity because it’s a tongue-in-cheek way of saying ‘scenes from everyday life now that I’ve chosen this person for the foreseeable infinity.’ There’s a lot of loneliness in these songs, so I hope for anyone who connects with the themes, we can be alone together.”

Scenes From Infinity is available now via

SoundCloud | Spotify| Apple Music | Amazon|  Tidal | Deezer, | Google Play.

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Website: http://www.zoeskyjordan.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zoeskyjordan

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/zoeskyjordan/

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The Orange Circus Band Unleash Old Souls New Folk Music


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The Orange Circus Band Unleash Old Souls New Folk Music

The Orange Circus Band is an almighty, unabashed force of nature. Raw, fiery and stirring, their sound travelling from their origins in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Brit folk and beyond, they sit somewhere between Old Crow Medicine Show and The Lumineers.

 

An outstanding 18 months has seen them perform at Glastonbury, on BBC One News, and upcoming shows at C2C at the O2. They have played festivals with the likes of John Prine, Patti Smith and First Aid Kit. And they now get ready for a huge year ahead in line with their eagerly awaited new music teasing from the shadows in wait of Spring.

 

The Orange Circus Band have just released their newest single ‘Old Souls’ from their upcoming album Whistle in the Dawn (out May 2020). ‘Old Souls’ is a song that reaches a diverse spectrum of listeners, speaking from one time to another, from one world to the next.

The band were due to tour, but have been cancelled to the corona virus pandemic. Please check their website or social media for updated information for future tour dates. 

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Goldhouse New Release Remix Ft. Anja Kotar of Really Like You


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Best known for his work with Billie Eilish on the remix of ‘Ocean Eyes’, Lady Gaga and Maggie Rogers for the remix of her hit single ‘Give A Little’, Chicago producer GOLDHOUSE joins forces with LA singer-songwriter Anja Kotar for the remix of ‘Really Like You’, March 20th.

 

Anja Kotar released ‘Really Like You’ earlier this year. The original featured up-beat pop melodies, alluring beats, and uplifting vocals. Now, renewed international DJ and producer GOLDHOUSE has added his own spin on Anja’s single, out today 20th March.

By blending Anja’s harmonious pop vocals with his distinctive style of sound, GOLDHOUSE has added layers of exciting builds, and energetic synths. The remix is a tasteful combination of grooving progressions layered upon up-tempo synths.

 

‘Really Like You (Remix)’ is released today March 20th and  available on all streaming platforms.

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Marcelo Deiss New Indie Rock Blues Single with Horses Running


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Indie Artist

 

MARCELØ DEISS is a Brazilian born, London based artist whose music dances between indie, blues, folk and rock. His music details themes about social alienation and human condition in subjects like greed, hypocrisy, absurdity and despair. The South American artist feeds off irony, satire and a dose of dark humor to make audiences see the obvious that goes unnoticed in everyday life. Highlighting situations and news that we see but we don’t look at and news we hear but we don’t listen to, MARCELØ brings light to ordinary occurrences. Everything from the overuse of technology, to economic policy and our daily customs. 

 

Spending time in both London and Sao Paulo, the musician is able to explore new sounds as well as new topics. Influenced greatly by visual artists such as Steve Cutts and John Holcroft, MARCELØ’s songs revolve around the struggling underclass, with anthems about anti-establishment, anti-capitalist and anti-war.

MARCELØ shares, “Cutts and Holcroft’s work embodies a powerful and scary message about humankind which we can all really relate to as human beings. Their work really helped create a clear vision of what I was trying to achieve sonically.” 

In his latest work, MARCELØ touches on narratives revolving around the constant struggles and injustice we face in our society and how it is affecting us all. “Horses Running” deals with themes such as greed and social disaffection.

MARCELØ confides, “I think it’s important to discuss topics about our society and the current problems we face together in the modern world. This to me seems more relevant due to the current situation our society is facing right now.”

Knowing that he wanted to write about society and the system we live in, the songwriter was triggered by movements such as Brexit, Trump, Me Too, Black Lives Matter and other topics that deal with oppression. Comparing them to the dystopian worlds in sci-fi books including Brave New World, 1984 and The Year Of The Flood, MARCELØ noticed that these worlds aren’t very far from our own.  

 

“Horses Running” soaks up much of MARCELØ’s love for blues artists including B.B King and Eric Clapton, while simultaneously delivering a fresh and modern indie rock sound. The track features powerful lyrics, distorted, gritty guitars and a determined rhythm section, whilst emanating vintage sounds through the use of analog equipment. The Brazilian artist creates music to stimulate emotions and “Horses Running” is a shining example. 

 

With the hope that his music may spark conversations about subjects that need to be confronted and ultimately lead to answers in the long run, MARCELØ DEISS continues his journey, with the release of “Horses Running”.

Marcelo Deiss New Indie Rock Blues Single with Horses Running

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Icon The Great is Back For More with Tripper Remix


Icon The Great is Back For More with Tripper Remix

Indie Artists

 

ICON the GREAT was formed when Zac Barnett (American Authors) teamed up with long time collaborator and best friend Evan Ambrose (Blacktop Queen) to try and create something raw, pure, and most importantly fun. “We both came in with clean slates of our musical pasts and laid down what felt natural and exciting. We crushed a case of Miller Lite’s, talked, hit record and let what happen happen,” Evan recalls.

The result is ICON the GREAT’s first single “Back For More – Tripper Remix”, a ferocious emotional unloading about how nothing matters but you and the people you hold close. “Everything we create is the two of us and that’s it.” says Zac. “We write it, produce it, make the artwork, get our friends to help with videos and pictures, and if you want to come along for the ride then be our guest.”

With a sound reminiscent of nostalgic 90s rap rock infused with modern alternative and underground SoundCloud hip hop, ICON the GREAT is here to prove that genres and expectations are a thing of the past. “The best part about music in today’s climate is the line between genres is dissolving quicker than ever. ICON the GREAT is here for everyone to let their demons out no matter where you’re from.”

Icon The Great is Back For More with Tripper Remix

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Mr T Experience Unveils “Mtx Forever” Full Album


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Indie Music

 

“Mtx forever” kicks off the reissues of the Mr. T Experience discography on Sounds Rad. Dr. Frank spent two-years searching, archiving, and transcribing their entire catalog of releases. Now, they are carefully remastered by Justin Perkins of Mystery Room Mastering. Each release will sound fuller and louder than the original releases owing to sourcing from the masters. These reissues give fans both new and old a chance to listen to the Mr. T Experience in a way that has never been presented before. These records will be a must-have for audiophile punks, geeks, and neer-do-wells to add to their collections.

About the Mr. T Experience: 

The Mr. T Experience’s history spans over 30 years and eleven studio albums, not to mention countless singles and EPs. Through the decades of gradually evolving line-ups and their contributions, the one consistent element of the band has been Dr. Frank: guitarist, wordsmith, and melody maker.

As Alex Scordelis of Noisey/Vice wrote:

“[Dr. Frank] earned a reputation as a songwriter with a flair for tightly constructed songs with witty wordplay. Lyrics like “My happiness is infinite/when my life has this nymph in it,” and his ballad “Even Hitler Had a Girlfriend” established him as a wordsmith in the vein of Cole Porter and Noël Coward, rather than Ian MacKaye or Jello Biafra.”

Dr. Frank as “the Cole Porter of punk” stuck — and along with the varied cast of characters performing from album to album has made the band unique and influential within circles of aspiring bands across the numerous genres of rock music.

The Mr. T Experience formed in 1985 in the way all good bands do, from a group of friends looking for something to do in the name of rock and roll — some would say to make good music, others to have a good time, but in hindsight, it was probably mainly to meet girls.

Soon after the self-release of their first album “Everyone’s Entitled to Their Own Opinion” (1986). the band began gaining attention from local college radio and a following of fans as a regular house band at 924 Gilman — an incubator of sorts for Bay Area bands including Green Day, Operation Ivy, Sweet Baby, Samiam, and many more.

The band built enough of a following to release a full-length record, “Night Shift at the Thrill Factory,” and an EP “Big Black Bugs Bleed Blue” on Rough Trade in 1987 and 1989 respectively. It was during this time that Dr. Frank started opening songs with “This is a song about a girl,” and people started to take notice of the Mr. T Experience’s catchy, fun, and self-deprecating songs. The band started to get a following — but all the self-deprecation in the world couldn’t prevent Rough Trade’s US division from going under. And after a line-up change, they signed to then upstart label, Lookout Records in 1990 — a relationship that they maintained for over 20 years. 

Shortly after signing to Lookout, the band released, “Making Things With Light” and later “Milk Milk Lemonade” in 1992. It was during this time that they began touring extensively. In 1993 the band released “Our Bodies, Ourselves, “which was a turning point for the band — frequent line-up changes forced Dr. Frank took more control over its direction in terms of creative output. This period of supervision, led to some of it most productive activity in the middle to late part of the decade, releasing a string of fan favorites: Love is Dead (1995), Revenge is Sweet, and So are You (1997), and Alcatraz (1999). The albums within this period have collectively called “classics” by fans — garnering the most recognition to date.

In the early 2000s, the band continued with The Miracle of Shame (2000) and, with yet another new line-up, Yesterday Rules (2004). Shortly after, the band went on hiatus as Dr. Frank focused on his writing career, releasing the young adult novels, “King Dork” (2006) and “Andromeda Klein” (2009). It was also during this period that their longtime label, Lookout Records, folded as the result of the changing music landscape.

A few years later, Dr. Frank released his follow up to “King Dork” entitled, “King Dork Approximately.” It was during this time that Dr. Frank was approached by Sounds Rad to help promote his concept record for “King Dork Approximately” recorded by the latest iteration of the Mr. T Experience. Initially released asa download-only“album” or book/album, Sounds Rad encouraged Dr. Frank to release a full-fledged record on both vinyl and CD. Inspired bythe results of the release, Dr. Frank decided to work with Sounds Rad to restore the now out-of-print original Mr. T Experience discography.After two years of searching, annotating, logging, and transcription, the band, has recovered most of their material in the highest possible fidelity for future reissues on Sounds Rad. 

The process of recovering the master recordings was painstaking. Dr. Frank sourced the original tapes from every conceivable location—from the remaining Lookout archives, to several garages,to under the couch of studio from a long-forgotten mastering session, and to even a boot found in the back of a closet. As crazy as itsounds, Dr. Frank searched high and low because there was a very real sense that this project was about preserving the legacy of the band. Hundreds of hours were spent searching for and cataloging the discography before digitally transcribing the masters to a more durable format. 

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Mr T Experience Unveils “Mtx Forever” Full Album

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New Indie Pop from Wendy Halo Makes Fire and Ice


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Indie Artist

Thoughtfully written as a direct follow on from her most recent single ‘Compromise’, ‘Fire and Ice’ narrates the story of a distancing partner and her attempts to reignite the passion. The metaphorical imagery of the lyrics is brought to life in the official video which plays out the two contrasting spheres of corporate and leisure. 

Wendy Halo‘s smooth and polished vocal performance brings all these themes together in this nuanced pop single.

Escaping the corporate London life by moving to Marbella Wendy Halo has been able to propel her music forward, drawing from a wealth of influences from RnB to Jazz to Pop. Coming from a long line of gospel singers, 

Wendy Halo is not lacking in vocal talent and her songs have followed a storytelling format which has become more unusual in pop in recent years. This consistency in narrative draws listeners in to Wendy Halo‘s world.

Working with producer Dapo TorimiroWendy Halo is due to release her debut EP later this year.

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New Indie Pop from Wendy Halo Makes Fire and Ice

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LGBTQ+ POP DUO Maple St Latest Pop Anthem Love Me Less 


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Indie Pop Duo

LGBTQ+ pop duo Maple St make their shimmering return with ‘Love Me Less?’ Taking their cues from the likes of Bleachers, A R I Z O N A, and MUNA, The LA-based pair write songs straight out of a coming of age film, packed with quirky lyrics and nostalgic synths.

 

Comprised of childhood sweethearts Alyssa Wilkens and Jillian Allen, the duo have been creating music together since the age of sixteen. Now in their early 20’s, after many years of experimenting with their style and time allowing their music to mature, they are ready to put their work into the world. As part of their romantic & creative adventure, ups & downs are inevitable and help to spark creativity for their songs.

 

Creating 1980’s, dancing in the kitchen anthems, “Love Me Less?” starts out with soft, clean vocals and indie-pop backing instrumentals, allowing the heart-breaking lyrics their deserved spotlight. Somewhere between heartbreak and a love song, the track is written based on their own experiences. Speaking more on this, Maple St explained:

 

“Love Me Less? is about the moment in a relationship when the honeymoon goggles fade and you’re forced to face the real versions of each other; usually, the time when you find yourself asking questions like, “do you love me a little bit less than when we first met?”

 

‘Love Me Less?’ challenges the idea that a song is either a heartbreak song or a love song, it is what you make it.

 

They are excited to be in a place where they have found their voices, together and individually. They are dedicated to bringing their audience their best work to date and with ‘Love Me Less?’ set to release March 13th, they are definitely ones to watch in 2020.

LGBTQ+ POP DUO Maple St Latest Pop Anthem Love Me Less 

LINKS TO MAPLE ST.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Maplestmusicofficial/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maplestmusic/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzEMc8LMDkpGUcI-3-cYaKA

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4gGRM0ctqeTWqer59nW0S9

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Emo Punk Wolf and Chain Band Release Debut Single


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Emo Punk Rock Band

Bursting out with a teeth-sinking debut single are Adelaide’s freshest theatrical emo/ rock/ punk outfit, Wolf & Chain – listen to ‘Repent’  Below.

 

In this call to arms in their debut single ‘Repent’Wolf & Chain put on display the quintessentials of that which defines the best of the emo/punk rock genre.

 

Seamlessly, the band have laced together an epic, story-driven track that continues to give something fresh and entertaining until the very last second.

 

The upbeat intro is warped into a thick, high-gain guitar-driven variation of the verse as frontman Jack Cumes belts out a dramatic performance mixed with crowd-addressing statements, melodic cries and gutsy screams. This gets broken up with some big full-band hits and fast-paced palm muting in the pre-chorus that build into the thrashed-out chorus.

 

Coming up for air the band use pick-slides and harmonics to transition into the next verse. The following chorus bends out into a bridge, featuring the opening riff played on acoustic guitar backed by on-beat clapping that gets heavier and heavier before busting back into the final chorus.

Although ‘Repent’ is part of a broader concept that will be revealed in the coming months, frontman, Jack Cumes touches on the meaning of ‘Repent’:

 

“It’s a call to arms summoning the cult to full formation, urging you to repent for what you’ve done and to punish others who do not. The song speaks to a part of me that felt like I needed to redeem myself and to extend that message out to anyone else lacking purpose.”

 

Despite the fact that Wolf & Chain are just releasing their official debut single, they’ve already entrenched themselves in the alt-scene where they’ve supported the likes of Blindman Death StareBearclaw Camp  and Racoon City Police Department.

 

‘Repent‘ is just the tip of the iceberg of what Wolf & Chain have in store for this first half of 2020. Before all of that though, they’ll be celebrating the release of this epic debut single on the 3rd of April at Adelaide’s Enigma Bar

 

Emo Punk Wolf and Chain Band Release Debut Single

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Fearing Unveil New Single from Upcoming Debut LP on Funeral Party


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Punk Rock Band

 

Fearing is a dark post-punk band based out of Oakland, California who formed in 2016, when an online friendship quickly blossomed between James Rogers (bass/vocals) & Brian Vega (guitar/vocals). What started as collaborations between the two and their bedroom synth projects; Fearing was formed out of the desire to combine both of their talents and to create something new & fresh in the Bay Area. The addition of Mike Fenton (drums) & Joey Camello (guitar) helped to further expand the sound and depth of the band. 
After two sold out EPs & a handful of tours under their belt; their debut LP, Shadow, is scheduled for release on April 10th, 2020 dark music label, Funeral Party. Shadow finds Fearing further exploring their unique sonic territory, seamlessly blending elements of French coldwave, European post-punk, and the first wave of shoegaze to create something truly unique in today’s rising dark music scene. 
Tour Dates
Apr 10 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Apr 11 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
Apr 14 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
Apr 15 Reno, NV – The Holland Project
Apr 17 San Diego, CA – The Casbah
Apr 18 Las Vegas, NV – The Bunkhouse Saloon
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Fearing Unveil New Single from Upcoming Debut LP on Funeral Party

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Time Stands Still with Spellbinding New Music from Mitch King


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Indie Artist

 

Mitch King presents his new single, ‘Time Stands Still’, written about the simple pleasures of life, appreciating the journey, and being grateful for every moment you encounter.

Born and raised on the Gold Coast, Mitch King spends his days travelling around Australia in his campervan, playing his music at venues and festivals across the country.  His independently released singles ‘Burning’ and ‘Believe’ have amassed almost 3 million streams between them. In 2020, Mitch is focusing on writing new music and collaborating with artists including The Temper Trap, the Pierce Brothers, and Diesel.

 

Mitch says, “’Time Stands Still’ was written at a point in my life where I was feeling frustrated, and not where I wanted to be. I took my time and acknowledged the way I felt about things, and I realised that life’s not a race, it’s about enjoying the journey, kind of like a good road trip. Smell the roses, and live life without the self-inflicted pressure that one can put on oneself.”

 

Mitch spent his teen years busking every weekend, and has built an impressive live show which has seen him support the likes of Tones And I, America The Band, and Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson.

To celebrate the release of ‘Time Stands Still’, Mitch will be heading out on the road throughout March, playing shows along Australia’s east coast.

 

Friday 13th March

Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane – QLD

Saturday 14th March

Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne – VIC

Thursday 19th March

The Basement, Canberra – ACT

Friday 20th March

Oxford Art Factory, Sydney – NSW

Saturday 21st March

The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle – NSW

Sunday 22nd March

Bellingen Brewery, Bellingen -NSW

Saturday 28th March

The Imperial Hotel, Eumundi – QLD

Time Stands Still with Spellbinding New Music from Mitch King

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