SONGS WE LOVED! 13-19 Nov 2023
A mesmerizing compilation of the latest and most bedazzling song releases to add a burst of joy to your day!
Featuring Glass Violet, Magnetic Skies, All The Bees, Newmoon, E.G. Phillips, Vinnie Paolizzi, Allen Ling, Antonio Lopez, A Permanent Shadow, Hani Abadi, David Newbould, Hannah Rose Platt, and Fya Fox
Glass Violet - Oxygen Machine
Oxygen Machine emerges as the stellar second single from Bristol's Glass Violet, a tantalizing preview of their impending 8-track EP slated for early 2024.
Marking the debut of their cohesive body of work, the EP explores poignant themes of nostalgia and the inevitable journey toward the end of youth. Crafted under the skilled hands of Glass Violet's Alex John, with collaborative prowess from Chris Marshall on mixing and Nick Brine on mastering, Oxygen Machine is a musical masterpiece.
The band effortlessly sculpts emotional soundscapes with soaring riffs and melodramatic breakdowns, all elegantly framed by vocals that strike the perfect balance between emotive depth and powerful resonance.
Magnetic Skies- Not A Fire
In Magnetic Skies' debut album, Empire Falling, the synthpop collective immerses listeners in glistening darkwave electronic soundscapes.
The album unfolds like a lyrical journey, oscillating from melancholic nostalgia to blissful euphoria. Pulsating vintage analog synths, throbbing bass, and entrancing vocals converge to create a signature sound that blends evocative electronica with darkwave, resulting in a luscious and glittering synth-pop rainfall that stirs the soul.
Treat your ears to the full album here.
All The Bees - Wildflowers
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Let yourself fall under the spell of Wildflowers. In this enchanting lullaby, All The Bees -a collaboration between writer-musicians Kirsty McGee and Gitika Partington- joined forces to create a sonic symphony that sparkles with imagination.
Taken from their forthcoming self-titled debut album set for release on December 8th, Wildflowers emerges as a transcendent track, sprinkled with bewitching alt-folk stardust, set against a backdrop of celestial vocals that stir your deepest emotions.
Newmoon - Fading Phase
Taken from shoegaze collective Newmoons' upcoming album Temporary Light set for release on March 22nd, Fading Phase is a melodic dreamscape, where ethereal notes bloom from the guitars, forming a hypnotic allure.
The floaty, faraway vocals, linger in the air like whispers from another realm, flawlessly entwined with the melodies, forming a deeply otherworldly soundscape where each note resonates like a fleeting memory. Let yourself immerse.
E.G. Phillips - It Ain't Good to Be in Love With You
It Ain't Good to Be in Love With You takes us on a tranquil journey into E.G. Phillips' musical cosmos. Taken from his latest EP Outlaw The Dead, the San Francisco singer-songwriter flawlessly blends jazz and art rock, to craft a masterpiece that transcends genres.
The vocals, gentle and evocative, serve as a soulful confession, enveloping us in a soothing and jazzy soundscape. This musical sanctuary of serenity allows each note to resonate with grace, while the delicate instrumentation unfolds like a painting adorned with the exquisite brushstrokes of a saxophone.
Listen to the full album here
Vinnie Paolizzi - Ahead of Me
In the heart of Nashville's authentic country soundscape, rising singer-songwriter Vinnie Paolizzi unveils the poignant strains of It Ain’t Easy, the lead single from his forthcoming self-titled LP, slated for release on November 17th.
Collaborating with fellow country artist Ben Chapman, the duo crafts a lush storytelling masterclass about their tumultuous journey in the Music City, where each verse mirrors the ebb and flow of their lives. The slinky piano ushers in Paolizzi's emotive vocals, confessing I ain’t too good, I ain’t too bad, while a melancholic slide guitar solo bridges the emotional landscape.
The song becomes a lyrical pilgrimage through life's weary roads, revealing that the slow road feels just right despite its challenges.
Allen Ling - Remember
Singer-songwriter Allen Ling embarks on an emotional journey through a heartbreak trilogy of songs. The trilogy unfolds with the first track, Straight Into The Ocean, followed by the poignant A Name In Your Book, ultimately reaching its crescendo in the latest release, Remember. This melodic reflection is tailored for those who reminisce about a past love.
With an exhilarating rock soundscape adorned with soaring guitar lines and Ling's expressive vocals, Remember invites us to traverse the bittersweet landscapes of love's enduring echoes, leaving an indelible emotional imprint.
Antonio Lopez - Western Winds
Alternative folk artist Antonio Lopez's latest album Here We Are is a bewitching journey into the heart of folk reverie that serves as a channel for emotional introspection, addressing powerful messages related to mental health and human rights.
The music unfolds like a heartfelt narrative, blending marimba swells and graceful Spanish guitar flourishes atop a sturdy rhythmic foundation. Lopez's vocals, rich with emotion and depth, gracefully intertwine with the vibrant instrumentals, creating an enchanting musical journey that goes beyond mere notes, inviting us to explore the profound connection between emotion-laden storytelling and the enchanting sounds of Lopez's indigenous Chicano roots.
A Permanent Shadow - Brother
On Brother, A Permanent Shadow - the musical brainchild of CP Fletcher - sculpts a dynamic and intimate musical narrative of CP Fletcher's brother's absence. The compelling track is infused with a dynamic bassline, expressive guitar riffs, and fervent vocals that cascade over a lush indie rock backdrop. Offering an introspective journey, it invites us to traverse contemplative paths, reflecting on life-altering scenarios, nostalgic moments, and the uncertainty of the future.
Hani Abadi - Dementia
Dementia, by composer and multi-instrumentalist Hani Abadi, (founding member of the dark oriental metal band Bilocate) is a soul-stirring ballad taken from his upcoming debut solo album Tiamat, an amalgam of rock, alternative, and oriental folk elements with a touch of '90s grunge, set to drop on November 30, 2023.
Abadi skillfully navigates the emotional landscape surrounding dementia, paying homage to those who confront its challenges. The song features gorgeous vocals that gracefully melt over a majestic oriental rock backdrop, creating a highly emotional and immersive musical journey.
David Newbould - Jean
In Jean, Nashville's Americana artist and heartland roots-rocker, David Newbould, takes center stage as a one-man orchestra, playing every instrument in the song. Unfolding into a lush Americana grandeur, the track radiates with vibrant vocals, embraced by a dynamically rich soundscape that irresistibly beckons you to rise and dance.
A musical reflection on pivotal life chapters when individuals enter your life's story, Jean captures the essence of their fleeting yet profound impact.
Hannah Rose Platt - Mara
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In pop-horror queen Hannah Rose Platt's Mara, the eerie narrative immerses listeners in a spectral tale of nightmare demonesses. Platt's transcendental vocals draped over haunting melodies, cast a spell that lingers with supernatural allure, while the instrumentals enhance the spectral ambiance, creating an otherworldly auditory cosmos.
Mara is taken from Platt's latest unearthly EP, Hypnagogia, which includes four fully fleshed-out songs produced by Ed Harcourt and four spoken-word interludes narrated by esteemed British actor David Morrissey, promising a spine-tingling experience that transcends the boundaries of conventional music.
Fya Fox - Duvet Day
In Duvet Day, Irish alternative pop singer-songwriter Fya Fox tackles the theme of anxiety, the battling of inner fears and worries, inviting us into a whirlwind of vulnerability. Fox's dreamlike vocals brim with raw authenticity, accurately expressing the emotional depth of the song's theme, while the enthralling pop melodies and move-inducing rhythm form a compelling aural landscape that draws you in and doesn't let go.