SONGS WE LOVED! 12-18 February 2024
A musical kaleidoscope of the most riveting song releases landed in our inbox!
Featuring Sarah Jane Morris, QUARRY, Hannah Rose Platt, Racyne Parker, Red Output, Otherworldly Things, Dubinski, Newmoon, Least We Got Shoes, and Den Der Hale.
Sarah Jane Morris - The Sisterhood
Sarah Jane Morris returns with her highly-anticipated album, The Sisterhood, slated for release on March 8, 2024. This ambitious project pays homage to ten iconic female artists who have profoundly influenced Morris's journey in music.
Each track is a heartfelt tribute to a groundbreaking woman, including Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and more, blending soul and jazz influences with a profound respect for their legacies. The album's title track is a majestic ode to Aretha Franklin where Morris's unrivaled vocals blend flawlessly with the contagious groove, transforming it into a dancefloor anthem while maintaining a nod to the timeless sounds of classic gospel.
The Sisterhood epitomizes the album's ambition to celebrate the influential women who have shaped the 20th-century music landscape. Morris's dedication to her musical sisters and the gratitude expressed for those who paved the way make The Sisterhood not just an album, but a poignant tribute and a testament to the resilience of soul and jazz through the decades.
QUARRY - Wild New Start
Indie rock artist Quarry's latest EP, Renaissance, plunges listeners into an orbit of a grungy yet hypnotic soundscape that feels both nostalgic and refreshingly modern.
Drawing inspiration from post-punk and grunge influences, Quarry's distinct sound paints a sonic portrait of an astronaut's perspective of Earth from space.
The EP's direct and raw energy overflows with dreamlike melodies, creating a sonic masterpiece that bewitches from start to finish. Through skillful instrumentation, Quarry infuses the EP with a powerful narrative that explores the themes of new beginnings and healing, inviting us to join him on a quest for inner rebirth.
Hannah Rose Platt - The Mermaid & The Sailor (Live From The Wolf Cabin)
The Mermaid & The Sailor is a haunting tale from Hannah Rose Platt's album Deathbed Confessions Deluxe Edition, a collection of ghost stories and murder ballads.
This acoustic masterpiece, performed live alongside Ed Harcourt at the 'Wolf Cabin' studio, unfolds like a musical séance, where Platt's hypnotic and deeply ethereal vocals intertwine impeccably with Harcourt's, crafting a melodic spell that will transport you to a world of eerie tales and melancholic melodies.
Racyne Parker - Willow Tree
In Racyne Parker's Willow Tree, an alt-country narrative of 'friend-to-lovers' unfolds. Parker's mellifluous vocals shine through dreamlike instrumentals and emotive lyrics as the indie-folk singer-songwriter delicately recounts a story inspired by classic love tales in films.
Her tender vocals float over compelling instrumentals, inviting us straight into the heart of a narrative where two childhood friends navigate life's trials, discovering that, in the end, love always prevails.
Red Output - Rafters
Red Output's latest single, Rafters, propels the indie-rocking post-punk outfit to new heights of confidence and excitement.
This groovy rock banger is a burst of positive energy, drawing influences from contemporary post-punk, indie rock, and prog rock. Fiery guitar lines and exhilarating vocal performance take center stage, converging into a euphoric rock symphony that is exactly what you need to kickstart your day!
Otherworldly Things - Time Turns To Memories
Time Turns To Memories by indie rock-power pop outfit Otherworldly Things, offers a delectable preview of their upcoming Heavy Dream Cycle EP, set to drop on February 16.
An invigorating cocktail of move-inducing rhythm and radiant vocals, Time Turns To Memories delivers a potent dose of unbridled vitality that is sure to take you to new heights of pure sonic bliss.
Dubinski - New York Arizona and This
Photo Credits: Gary Schwindt
'New York Arizona and This' by Edinburgh-based brothers Dubinski is an alt-rock anthem that lays bare the struggles of an independent, touring band, providing an unfiltered glimpse into the highs and lows of navigating the UK music scene.
Singer Eugene shares insights into the song's inspiration, recounting the challenges faced, from occasional rip-offs by venues to playing to indifferent audiences. In a narrative that resonates with countless artists who have tread similar paths, the band reflects on the bittersweet realities of touring and the dichotomy of expectations versus the gritty, fast-paced nature of cities like London.
The chorus echoes the universal dreams of bands worldwide, aspiring to transcend the DIY scene and prove their worth to those 'too cool to move' scene kids—a sentiment that many artists can undoubtedly relate to.
Newmoon - Crazing
In anticipation of their upcoming album Temporary Light set to drop on March 22nd, Belgian shoegazers Newmoon transport us into their celestial cosmos with Crazing - a sublime fusion of hypnotic guitar lines interwoven over a backdrop of deeply airy, faraway vocals.
Hovering delicately between shadows and light, the song carries a subtle undertone of hope and luminosity, unfolding into an eerily beautiful ambiance that beckons you to close your eyes and simply...drift away.
Least We Got Shoes - Don't Go
Don't Go by Least We Got Shoes epitomizes their distinctive musical identity —a fiery blend of rock, bluegrass, Americana, and subtle hints of metal and punk, coined as 'boxcar rock'. The song pulsates with an irresistible and electrifying energy, creating a sonic rollercoaster that seizes your soul and doesn't let go.
With vocals that intertwine flawlessly with their invigorating sound, the driving rhythms and dynamic instrumentation sweep you away on a thrilling sonic ride that will make your spirits soar!
Den Der Hale - Donkey Skin
Donkey Skin, from Swedish post-psych ensemble Den Der Hale's album Pastoral Light (listen here) is a hazy and utterly hypnotic anthem, that draws inspiration from a 70's French film of the same name directed by Jacques Demy.
What began as a full acoustic composition transformed into a more effect-driven and eerie sound, with floaty vocals guiding you into the uncharted territories of your mind - a sonic portal to a world where time unravels, and the boundaries between reality and imagination blur.
Let this sound wash over you.