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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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.
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:
A lovely little number for fans of guitar laced indie, songwriter Dan Kelly has unveiled his official music video for new track ‘Never Stop the Rot’. It’s a great introduction to what’s shaping up to be an exciting upcoming album ‘Leisure Panic’, out October 9th. Pre-order the album here.
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.