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/
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
- Tagged Acoustic, country, EP, Jess Thristan, Live on Love, Pop, singer-songwriter, video
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.
Already getting radio play with the lead track ‘Sometimes’, the new EP from Josh Healey is released next Monday. A singer-songwriter with a gentler touch than many, the five tracks on the EP demonstrate an artist who is assured in his songwriting and as such doesn’t feel the need to shout from the rooftops. In stark contrast, his music is uniformly understated and built on a very strong (and clearly thought out) approach to his lyrics.
Here is the opening track ‘Sometimes’ by way of example.
Perhaps the most commercial of all the songs on the EP (it’s no surprise that it’s this one that’s been chosen to take to radio) this serves as a very good introduction to the work of Healey, but for a fuller flavour the rest of the EP comes highly recommended too. Each of the sings has a distinct personality, whether strummed or plucked on the acoustic, while the vocal remains delicately poised throughout.
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One of the UK’s hottest new singer/songwriters 19 year old Jess Thristan has recorded a breath taking live version of her upcoming new single ‘Little Bird’. The stripped back version of the wonderfully melodic and catchy tune is a masterly piece of music that fuses classic singer/songwriting with contemporary pop sensitivities.
The new single, which is released October 20th, is a follow up to April’s ‘Side By Side’ EP which gained major national radio play and reached number 8 in the iTunes singer/songwriter chart.
‘Little Bird’ shows a progression in the development of Jess as an extremely credible writer and performer. Also recorded at the Ont’ Sofa sessions was Jess’ interpretation of the classic Beatles track ‘From Me To You’. To view ‘From Me To You’ visit the link below.
With ‘Little Bird’ already achieving national radio play on BBC Radio 2 and with a live performance already booked on Clare Balding’s radio show, the single looks certain to further Jess Thristan’s reputation.
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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