An old folk classic, ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ has stuck around for a reason. And from the very first moments of this new version by Philip Murray Warson you know you’re in safe hands. From the subtle opening guitar, to the warm harmonies and even the beautiful horn section, this is superbly built folk from the ground up.
You can download and keep a copy by clicking above (top right), and there’s plenty more of this beautifully lilting vocal in the full debut EP – out now on Bandcamp: http://philipmurraywarson.bandcamp.com/
Sometimes getting a break in the music industry is down to being in the right place at the right time. Even for the most talented, you can send all the demo links in the world to everyone and still end up being ignored. Some people, however, do slip through the gaps and find themselves making the most of that talent.
Philip Murray Warson is a folk songwriter whose track above, ‘Following Time’, demonstrates that he is good at what he does. An actor as well as a musician, Warson is well used to being in front of an audience. However, in spite of all his experience treading the boards, it was a chance meeting in a London pub that led to him being invited to play gigs in New York.
That experience led to a new confidence in his songwriting, which has resulted in his new EP. ‘Last of the Hunted’ immediately won airplay on BBC introducing, and now it’s available through Bandcamp.
Clearly a labour of love, and a true alternative to the music you’re spoonfed every day, Russell Suereth’s new album ‘Spiritual Haven’ is a real eye opener. As the title suggests, the tracks on the album are drawn from spiritual inspiration, an approach which clearly fires the creative side of Suereth’s personality.
Tracks such as the one above don’t really conform to any particular genre other than being gentle, meditative works of art. From there, each piece is strong together into a whole sequence, specifically ordered to tell the listener a tale while not uttering a word.
It’s ambitious sure, and different. But it works.
Light, entertaining and instantly catchy, this video is ‘Live on Love’ by Jess Thristan – the title track to a new EP which sees the singer-songwriter on typically fine form. With so many acoustic songwriters to choose from in the UK at the moment, it takes a lot of effort to keep standing head and shoulders above the rest, but there’s just something about Thristan that means she manages to do that.
Maybe it’s because her voice just flows out of her, making all that effort seem easy, thanks to a talent that is so obviously inherent. Thristan was clearly born to sing, and it helps that she writes songs which suit her perfectly. The track above sees her on cheeky, melodic form, but the other two tracks on the EP explore the more powerful side of a versatile vocal.
The EP, her second, is out now, and yet another step forward for an acoustic songwriter who stands out from a crowded stage. Long may it continue.
Posted in Folk, Indie, Pop, Roots
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One of those wholly irritating talented people who seem to be able to play every instrument, Chris Hornsby is a singer songwriter who clearly has a deep understanding of how music works. It’s deceptively simple in theory – plug together a rhythm, chord pattern, melody and lyrics and go from there – but the number of dire independent songwriters producing dirge just goes to show how rare it is that someone gets it right.
From the very first, bright, acoustic strum of EP ‘Human, To Human’, you feel in safe hands with Chris Hornsby. Comprising five tracks of wit, heartbreak and tall tales, the EP is a superb introduction to the songwriter if you’ve not heard his previous work.
Over the course of the EP, there are 15 instruments played by Hornsby himself, which may go some way to explaining why it all flows so nicely. These are the songs of an artist who understands where each track is going, how to get there and what it needs.
But, above all, it’s a damn enjoyable listen.
Out now, this is the latest single from UK folk proposition Narrow Plains, titled ‘So Rewind’. Catchy and punchy but also laid back, it’s a great mix of momentum and spare feel. Great song, and a strong marker for Narrow Plains going forward.
Out now on iTunes, ‘From The Shallows’ is the new album from the extremely good hands and mind of songwriter Alexander Wolfe. The album is a real triumph, typified by the layered excellence of lead track ‘Trick of the Light’ above.
If you dig the track, then we can highly recommend the rest of the album. We’ve heard it (spotify) and it’s consistently great throughout – and not always typified by the folky nature of the track above. It will also jump out at fans of pop, indie, maybe even rock…give it a try.
At just 19, Jess Thristan is one of the UK’s top young female singer-songwriters, and she’s returned with new single and video ‘Little Bird’:
Sweet and catchy, it’s a beautiful new offering from a great new artist who is relying on good old fashioned songwriting to make her way as opposed to over production and skimpy swimwear. It’s refreshing to see, and marks her out as a genuine talent in a tough industry to get into.
With a live performance on Radio 2 already under her belt though, Thristan has every chance of making it to the next level – a very promising prospect indeed.
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Seeing You was recorded in London and produced by Ben Walker (radio 2 Folk Award Nominee).
The EP contains 4 new tracks of cutting and clever lyrics, delivered with what BBC6 producer Tom Whalley said to be “one of the most perfect voices [he’s] ever heard”.
Roxanne de Bastion was born in Berlin and grew up both in England and Germany until she set out on her own, leaving Berlin for London, equipped only with her guitar and a one-way ticket. The young troubadour tours throughout the UK, mainland Europe and the United States, all on trains and busses. She self-released her debut album The Real Thing, produced by Gordon Raphael (The Strokes / Regina Spektor) in 2013 and has since then been invited to speak at music industry panels on the subjects of DIY music, copyright and the future of music, along side Fran Healy (Travis) and Ed O’Brien (Radiohead). She has already been championed by Tom Robinson on BBC6, John Kennedy on XFM, Ruth Barnes on Amazing Radio, as well as MTV and Radio Eins in Germany. With Seeing You, Roxanne de Bastion continues to forge her own style and a unique approach to a classic musical genre.
Musically, Roxanne’s compositions are routed in the music of the 1960’s, but the tone of voice is very much her own and the stories told are expressed in a way that could only be now. Her lyrics range from introspective journeys in Seeing You and Same Moon, through to observations on instant gratification and repetition (Rerun) and the tearing down of the East Side Gallery in Berlin, Roxanne’s town of birth (Wasteland).
Forthcoming September tour dates:
10th LEEDS – Oporto
11th HULL – The Speakeasy
12th LIVERPOOL – View Two Gallery
15th LONDON – The Finsbury
16th BRIGHTON – Otherplace at Bar Broadway
17th NORWICH – The Bird Cage
Darlin’ gives a beautiful glimpse of what to expect from forthcoming album ‘Mama’, which combines subtle hip-hop inflections and wide-ranging sounds with Emily’s distinctive feline vocals, creating a record that is simultaneously light & delicate with a bold punch of personality.
Contrasting with the heavy layering and electronics of the original, the European version of ‘Mama’ sees Wells re-imagining the entire record acoustically for a second disc and mirror version. These fresh renditions of an already unique record are stunningly austere, recorded solely with voice and guitar. Emily Wells has stripped off her own armour, leaving only her crystalline voice and equally unambiguous songwriting on display.
From the start of her career, Wells’ musical interests were simply too wide ranging for just one instrument. Trained as a classical violinist, the Texan soon created her own sonic “spaceship,” an ever-growing pulsating arsenal of synthesizers, effects pedals and toy instruments, all tied together with live sampling. This is a musician whose live show is diverse, distinctive, and utterly her own – a performance not to be missed.