SONGS WE LOVED! 14-20 November 2022
A fresh compilation of our favorite song releases, to power you through the remainder of autumn.
Featuring Dylan James, QUARRY, Red Output, The Illicits, Wellingta, Plasmas, Gyasi Ross, Seán Joyce, Ade, Hertzen, and Tomper
Dylan James - Boys Yard
London-based singer-songwriter Dylan James' football-inspired single Boys Yard is an anthem of hope and aspiration. Taken from his forthcoming debut album Expected to Fly due next year, Boys Yard will give you the motivation you need to chase your dreams with its euphoric indie tunes, soaring vocals, and inspiring lyrics that celebrate the dream of every footballer: to score the winning goal.
Dylan James says about the song: ‘“Boys Yard” is about making dreams you have as a kid come true and believing one day you’ll be your hero – it’s a fairytale of hope and excitement by living your fantasy in the safety of your own back yard. I wrote it in lockdown with my boys trying to score in the top corner of a pint-sized goal mouth emulating their football heroes. It’s a song far deeper than football and the innocence of being a child before the darker side of life makes our dreams less of a reality.’
QUARRY - New City Comes Along
Taken from his latest album Positioning The Sun, Milan-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist QUARRY aims to raise awareness and spread the message of hope and solidarity with New City Comes Along - an awakening, forceful anthem that brims with clamorous punk energy, impassioned vocals, and razor-sharp lyrics that pay tribute to the victims of the Ukrainian war, whose lives are completely destroyed.
QUARRY explains: “A city devastated by bombing and reduced to rubble is one of the most heartbreaking things to see. How many stories are behind those bodies scattered along the streets, those destroyed buildings that were once warm houses to families. I wrote this song thinking of a beautiful city like Kyiv falling into ruin, but it could be any city destroyed by warfare. New cities will, eventually, come along through the skin of the razed ones.”
Red Output - Washed Out Twilight
Hailing from Kitchener, Ontario, the indie rock outfit Red Output is bound to take the music scene by storm with their latest enthralling album Projections Through Rose Coloured Glass.
Taken from the album, Washed Out Twilight overflows with infectious indie rock grooves and vibrant vocals, that meld together perfectly and create an undeniably intoxicating sonic experience that will entice you to listen again and again.
Treat your ears and listen to the full album here.
The Illicits - Modern Life
The four-piece rock band The Illicits are back with a bang with their brutally addictive anthem Modern Life - a sweeping blend of fervent vocals, spine-tinkling guitar riffs, punchy bass runs, and frenetic drums that swirl into a thunderous storm of mind-blowing punk rhythm. Insanely good!
Speaking of the track, the band explains: “”Modern Life” promotes a voice of the disenfranchised youth. It best summarises our story as a band so far: razor-tongued lyrics, relentless energy and stadium-sized choruses. We rely on new writing tools to open up new avenues for social commentary. On this track we use a 12-bar blues, late ‘50s-inspired guitar riff — most commonly used by the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis and Eddie Cochran — to help shift our narrative to present times.”
Wellingta - No Goodbyes
Photo credit: Daron Bandeira
Emerging singer/songwriter Wellingta's latest single No Goodbyes will have you diving into a blissful ocean of soulful R&B notes and gorgeously gentle vocals that absolutely shine through the song, and radiating with Wellingta's positive energy. Flawless.
Speaking of the track, Wellingta says "This time I went to the studio and told my producer that I really want to do a song for God. I had just finished listening to Mary Mary‘s song “Walking” and thought WOW that’s it! I wanna do a dope, danceable song like this for God” and continues “It all happened very fast. My song “No Goodbyes” is my love letter to God.”
Plasmas - Happiness
Happiness, from Dundee indie-pop band PLASMAS' debut EP A Summer’s Day Can Break Your Heart, is like a refreshing breeze on a hot day. An utterly shimmering anthem that sparkles with lush harmonies, gleaming vocals, and a highly addictive synthesis - all flowing together perfectly, creating an exquisite soundscape. A feast for your ears.
Gyasi Ross - Different
Different is a lush storytelling masterclass by singer/songwriter Gyasi Ross, that narrates the story of a young black kid, who experiences racism while growing up in the US. A deeply personal and emotional musical treasure that overflows with Gyasi's soulful vocals that melt over the indie backdrop.
Ultimately, Difference evolves into a powerful anthem of hope. Brilliant.
Gyasi confides: "Different is me giving younger me advice about how to navigate the world as a black person growing up in America. The music video features a series of tableaus based on life experiences I've had"
Seán Joyce - While You Were Out
While You Were Out is an atmospheric song that radiates warmth, with Seán Joyce's impassioned vocals soaking in a warm bath of acoustic guitars. A heartfelt ode to hope that escalates into an explosion of emotion. Get lost in this musical treasure.
The artist shares about the song: “‘While You Were Out" is about hope, but also learning that not everybody is meant to stay in your life forever"
Ade - Ambivert
Ambivert by singer-songwriter and producer ADE is a ferocious blend of electronic bedroom pop with pop-punk, that will undoubtedly invigorate you. Taken from his EP Junk In Orbit, Ambivert bursts from unbridled energy, fervent vocals, and sleek synthesizers, resulting in an adventurous sonic ride you need to experience.
Hertzen - Secret Sins
Secret Sins is the second single from Germany-based electro duo Hertzen's upcoming album set for release in 2023. Featuring dazzling vocals set against a glorious bed of fast backbeat drum rhythms, enthralling guitars and keyboard lines, Secret Sins is sure to transport you to a world of indie euphoria.
Tomper - Cruise Control
Cruise Control by Salt Lake City based duo Tomper is like a warm ray of light on a cold, moody day - a dreamlike indie pop gem wrapped in glittering vocals and emotive lyrics that glorify the importance of sharing your significant moments with your loved ones. Utterly mellifluous.
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