If you live in London and are into the independent music scene, you may know that there is currently a dearth of strong, top quality pop bands on the circuit. Thankfully, Magazine Gap are here to fill that gap (pun intended).
Arguably the UK’s answer to Maroon 5, Magazine Gap delight in creating thumping pop music with a rocky edge. The latest example is single ‘What’s That About?’, a new single which leads the way before a new album later this year.
There are many talented young singer-songwriters on the circuit in the UK at the moment, catering for all tastes, shapes and sizes. One of the most promising upstarts in the acoustic-pop-rock genre is Patrick McCallion – a raw, powerhouse songwriter from the North.
His new song ‘Voices’ marks the start of a number of singles coming this year. And, though it is perhaps softer and more personal than some of his edgier material from last year, there’s a lot to enjoy here. The melodies are quietly infectious, the lyrics affecting – and the video is pretty good too.
If there’s one mistake that independent rock bands make too often, it’s trying to give their songs ‘energy’ by simply launching into them at a haphazard pace. Those bands could do a lot worse than check out the debut album from Tablefox. Out now, ‘Objects’ is a collection of songs with its own unique energy, but which controls it throughout without losing control.
Some tracks do motor along, don’t get me wrong, but there’s always a feeling of sleek control to the interlacing of guitar and synths. On their slower, more contemplative tracks, there’s arguably even more energy in the shape of a dark atmosphere and bare emotion in a lot of the lyrics.
When a songwriter is compared to artists like Jose Gonzalez, Nick Drake and others of that ilk you know one thing for sure – this is going to music that moves you. This is definitely the case with Calming River, whose new EP ‘The Ones That We Left Behind’ is out now.
Thoughtful and melancholic without straying into outright negativity, the EP is clearly the work of a man who knows his way around an acoustic guitar. The complexity of those acoustic guitar lines is astounding, and would make a fine instrumental album in their own right.
However, the lyrics add a new dimension, full of feeling and reality. It’s said that Calming River is an artist best suited to small, intimate venues, and it’s not hard to see why from this EP release.
‘Tis the season to be jolly, and thanks to these fun new Christmas tracks from Kelly Moneymaker, that should be easy this year. A US soul songwriter with a stunning voice, Moneymaker seems genetically inclined to sing in this genre. There’s a long tradition of Christmas blues tracks, all the way back to Elvis, and Moneymaker’s ‘Home For The Holidays’ continues that tradition with great aplomb.
You can hear the full track above, and if you like what you’re hearing you can get it now on iTunes. And as if that wasn’t enough, Kelly Moneymaker has also released a new version of ‘Jingle Bells’ – available here.
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The track above is the latest single from New York EDM specialist Reigen. ‘Real New Yorker’ is available now from Soundcloud (above) and you can check out the video here:
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A multi-talented artist with many strings to her bow, Natalie Indya West is known for being a rock singer, DJ, song writer and musician. Her new single ‘Goddess’ features the smart vocals of another artist called Sunny Andrea, and brings together the mainstream RnB pop sound with some distinct Bollywood ideas.
The result, as you can hear above, makes for a fun, layered track with a lightness to it. It’s catchy in an unusual sort of way, the Bollywood aspects preventing it from being just another cheesy pop track.
Originally released at the end of October in her native Australia, ‘Mirrors and Windows’ is the new single from Helen Perris – out now digitally worldwide.
The song is a pop treat which is oddly life affirming in its exploration of depression and loss. Written during a bot of post natal depression, it would have been easy for Perris to have written something much darker while going through such a difficult time.
However, though the song does touch on some dark emotions, the overall feeling is one of hope thanks to the clean, bright production and the lovely use of piano and other layers.
It’s a common tale among songwriters, musicians and artists that – even as they’re working to make their dreams come true – those around them will tell them it’s never going to happen. This is apparently the inspiration behind the new single from C’nky Siwela, a South African songwriter who has had his share of doubters.
Looking to share that sense of overcoming those doubters and continuing to work, the track has an upbeat feel throughout. It seems cheesy to simply say it’s a song about chasing dreams, but the fact is that is still an inspirational message.
For trying to share that, Siwela should be saluted, and it helps that the song is catchy as hell too.
Get it now on iTunes – album coming soon.
With her 80s hits behind her, this month saw the return of Carmel – back for the first time since the turn of the millennium – with double A side single ‘Sad Situation’ and ‘Single Wife Blues’.
Those who remember her from first time around will recall hits such as Bad Day, More More More, Sally, It’s All in the Game and more, while those new to her soulful vocal will come fresh to these new releases – the first of which is particularly pleasing with its summery vibe and catchy chorus.
Second track ‘Second Wife Blues’ is also fun, blending pop with blues via a tale which could only come from a musician experienced in life.
It remains to be seen whether the new releases from Carmel can capture anywhere close to the success of her previous ventures. But either way, it’s good to have her back.