‘I Can Pay For It’ – new video and EP from E Mute

Good music is often the marriage of two fundamental elements – strong lyrics and good instrumentation. It seems simple to say it, but it’s surprising how many independent artists don’t get that balance quite right. Strong lyricists are often let down by their lack of musical inspiration, while excellent composers struggle to match the qulaity of their music with their words.

However, songwriter Theo Mak and his group E Mute have the balance right.

Passionately written by the politically motivated Theo, the songs reflect with wit and verve on the current state of the nation and the world beyond it. The subtitle of the EP – A Collection of Songs for the Current Political & Socio-economic Crisis – gives a strong idea as to what to expect.

But this proto-punk style of lyricism would fall flat if the music didn’t back it up. And thankfully, this EP is a shining example of edgy, gritty indie, effectively delivered.

You can find all this out for yourself, for less than a fiver, on iTunes.

New album from new age composer Russell Suereth

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.

Website: http://www.russellsuereth.com/spiritual-new-age-music

‘Stone’ – the new Kelly Moneymaker LP out now

What do you get if you take good old fashioned rock and roll, mix it with some blue eyed soul, funky blues and a dash of Aretha? The answer is the new album from US vocal superstar Kelly Moneymaker. And if that sounds like a set-up and punchline for a joke, it’s not.

Previously a member of female vocal group Exposé (named among Billboards top ten female groups of all time, by the way), Kelly Moneymaker has returned to music after some time off to start a family, and is now working hard to claw herself back to the top.

Thankfully, the strength of her vocal alone is enough to get a lot of attention, and the fact that she’s being backed by a host of top quality musicians and kick-ass songs is just a bonus. This is blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll at its best.

New lyric video – Baron Goodlove: ‘Orpheus’

A debut single from a new singer songwriter, ‘Orpheus’ is out now from Baron Goodlove & The Dreadful Noise. Thankfully, the band name is inappropriate, as this is a very good curtain raiser indeed.

Really enjoyable in an offbeat-sort of way (you’re unlikely to dance around the room as you listen), the fun from this comes from the subversiveness. There’s a lack of melody which gives the vocal and lyrics space to so their thing, and it makes for an interesting effect.

‘Orpheus’ will also soon be found on an EP which is out soon. But if you want to sneak it into your collection before that, the band are offering it here for free:

https://www.reverbnation.com/barongoodlove

The Mexanines show off moody clip for upcoming single ‘Rocket’

Released on September 25th as lead track to their new ‘Rocket’ EP, the video above is the latest offering from longstanding indie stalwarts The Mexanines. Something of a cult band with a strong following, they’re one of those bands that you hear and wonder why more people haven’t heard of them.

With any luck, the moody monochrome video and the track attached will garner the attention they deserve, because an independent band rarely turns out material which is as high concept as this. The song has an assuredness which you usually only hear in bands which headline arena tours, and perhaps is another result of having been together for so long.

What sets it apart though isn’t the basic things. The vocals are effective, the guitars sear through the speakers well enough. But it’s little touches, like the counter melodies underpinning the chorus, that really brings this up a level. The rest of the EP should be a very good listen if it’s anything like the title track.

Metaquorum impress with debut single ‘North Sea Fret’

Fresh from the release of their debut album, MetaQuorum have unleashed the track above – the excellent ‘North Sea Fret’. If you’re a fan of mainstream radio music, perhaps you should look away now.

However, if you like what you’re hearing, then you will also enjoy the additional nine tracks you can find on debut album ‘Midnight Sun‘.

Rachel Ann Crowned TeenStar Singing Competition Winner

The national singing competition TeenStar has found its latest winner! Joining a long line of prestigious Future Music competition winners, Rachel Ann from Bournemouth, Dorset has been crowned the champion of the national TeenStar competition at The NEC in Birmingham!

Singing Competition Winner

 

Rachel Ann was crowned champion in front of a capacity crowd and a prestigious music industry judging panel at The NEC in Birmingham on Saturday night. Her unique performance of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” won over the competition industry judges making her the overall winner of TeenStar. She will now be offered a recording and development deal including a £5,000 advance to spend on the development of her music.

The national singing competition is brought to you by Future Music – the company behind the discovery of artists such as such as Luke Friend and Karen Hardy both of which have had chart success this year, Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of which are now signed to Sony Music.

Music industry judges at the National Singing Competition Grand Final

 

After impressing the judging panel at the auditions, Rachel Ann battled against more than 9,000 acts who entered for TeenStar this year across the UK. She went on to perform in the TeenStar live showcases, battling through both Regional and Area Final heats to make it to the national Grand Final.

 

The judging panel for the Grand Final included record label representatives from Universal, as well representatives from music management companies, recording studios, professional musicians, national press representatives and the examination board, Rock School.

 

Rachel Ann has now won a comprehensive consultation package with Future Music, an extensive winner’s publicity package, and an amazing £5,000 advance to spend on the development of her music. On winning the prizes Rachel said, “I’m literally speechless, overjoyed with happiness. Thank you to everyone for all the support!”

 

Chris Grayston, Head Judge and Director of Future Music has said, “Rachel Ann has been a stand out act throughout the TeenStar competition. Her unique vocal range and emotive performances make her a clear winner!” Check out more information about the TeenStar Champion on the website here.

Future Music is also about to start singing auditions for Open Mic UK, find more information and enter music competition Open Mic UK now. Also check out the Future Music Songwriting Contest, which is specifically for songwriters of any age and genre.

Jess Thristan – ‘Live on Love’ EP (and video) out now

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.

‘Just a Mortal Man’ album – Jerry Lawson – released (today) June 29th

Jerry LawsonAvailable now though Red Beet Records, ‘Just a Mortal Man’ is a new album from a vocalist who has been a long time in the industry. Jerry Lawson has spent over forty years as a vocalist since founding vocal group The Persuasions to great success, and now – for the first time – he is releasing an album on his own.

Singing a great selection of songs from the last few decades, Lawson gives each his own unique flavour. He runs the whole gauntlet in terms of roots genres – gospel, folk, country, soul, rock n roll, etc. – and never loses himself in any of them. Of course, it’s an album that aims straight down the middle of the road and is unlikely to win awards for originality, but that’s not the point of albums like this.

This is simply a celebration of a career and talent of a man who is truly talented and has deserved to ride the wave for as long as he has. A humbling achievement.