It’s been a big couple of years for young UK song writer Ellie Jane. This talented young lady reached the final of Open Mic UK, a huge national independent talent competition, in 2015 and also saw a collaboration with drum’n’bass duo Mind Vortex featured on Radio 1. These things don’t happen by accident, and are a marker for just how promising Ellie Jane’s musical career could be.
Her latest effort, six song EP ‘Clocks’, sees her working solo. As demonstrated by the lead track above, her sound is built on the foundations of accessible pop. However, her love for urban, hip hop and drum’n’bass is also evident on the EP, setting her apart from many of her peers.
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.
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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