SONGS WE LOVED! 22-28 January 2024
As January bids farewell, dive into our round-up of the latest and most exhilarating song releases that set the tone for the rest of the year.
Featuring The Miserable Rich, NOANNE, The Crayon Set, SOLAR EYES, Megan Nic Ruairí, Bedsit Poets, Nick Hudson, The Petal Falls, and Jack Francis
The Miserable Rich - Quietly
Quietly by indie/orchestral collective The Miserable Rich commences with a delicate acoustic guitar that gradually blossoms into a lively fusion of swirling violins and spirited percussion, blending flawlessly with Jennifer Left's emotive vocals.
This glimpse into the band's upcoming album Overcome, slated for release on February 2, captures a melodic journey that transitions from tranquility to exuberance and radiates a buoyant energy, leaving a lingering sense of happiness that sets the tone for the album.
NOANNE - White Glove
In White Glove, the Prague-based artist immerses us in a narrative rich with magic and fairy-tale wonder, skillfully balancing these elements with the melancholic reality of a love in decline. With vocals that are both riveting and commanding, NOANNE narrates the story of a woman immersed in the echoes of a once-vibrant relationship, desperately holding onto the remnants of a story now drained of its vibrancy.
The song unfolds as a poignant and almost theatrical plea, where the removal of the white glove symbolizes a daring challenge to societal norms, beckoning to a duel of emotions and memories.
The Crayon Set - Elvis Is Alive
Photo credit: Killian Broderick
Dublin-based ensemble The Crayon Set explores the allure of conspiracy theories with their latest track Elvis is Alive. The lyrics playfully challenge conventional truths, suggesting that sometimes, comforting conspiracy theories can be preferable to harsh realities.
Set against an enchanting backdrop of strings complemented by hypnotic vocals, Elvis Is Alive is a sublime and thought-provoking auditory treat that sparkles with imagination and creativity.
SOLAR EYES - Let's Run Away
In Let's Run Away the psych/pop duo SOLAR EYES catapults listeners into a sonic escapade with their blazing fusion of psych-pop electrifying energy and Americana flair. Taken from their self-titled debut album set for release on 16 February, this fast-paced, spaghetti western-fueled banger chronicles tales of daylight robberies from days gone by, echoing the last crimes of the infamous duo Bonnie & Clyde.
The lyrics, filled with drama and intrigue, reflect the protagonist's plea for forgiveness and the desire not to face life's challenges alone. Accompanied by a mesmerizing psychedelic cowboy video, Let's Run Away promises to take you on a spine-tingling adventure to another time, or place.
Megan Nic Ruairí - Kinder When Its Colder
Photo credit: Patrick Glennon
Kinder When Its Colder is a majestic piano-driven masterpiece from Irish singer-songwriter Megan Nic Ruairí's latest EP Made Of Sin. Ruairí's vocals, both soothing and riveting, harmonize beautifully with the piano backdrop, stirring the deepest emotions and drawing you into a dreamlike soundscape - a journey mirrored in the EP's overall narrative.
The EP, as described by Nic Ruairí, is a personal journey, marked by cinematic bookends and a poignant lover's lament at the core. From the heartfelt rendition of The Whole of the Moon to the personal reflections in See You Better, the understanding, resilience, and healing in Made of Sin, the album becomes a diary, capturing memories and storytelling in a unique, evocative way.
Bedsit Poets - London Town
London Town from Bedsit Poets' upcoming album, All Roads Lead Me Back," stands as a poignant reflection on the changing landscape. The psych-pop duo, consisting of solo recording artists Edward Rogers and Amanda Thorpe, merges hints of electronica with lounge tendencies, incorporating influences from English folk, and the late seventies NYC scene.
Drawing from their shared roots in the heart of England and upbringing in the music culture of NYC, Bedsit Poets have crafted a distinctive sound that marries the old and the new. As a result of their unique sound, this songwriting partnership has yielded critically acclaimed albums, culminating in London Town and the upcoming album.
Nick Hudson - For My Silence
For My Silence from avant-pop artist Nick Hudson's upcoming album Kanda Teenage Honey, is an emotionally laden anthem recorded predominantly in Georgia amid the shadow of the Ukraine war. The song dives into the artist's personal journey through the third lockdown, marked by a significant mental health collapse.
With deeply emotional vocals set against a magnificent 1953 Steinway grand piano, Hudson delivers a confessional, honest, and confrontational narrative that mirrors universally, echoing the shared emotions experienced by millions worldwide during the lockdown.
The Petal Falls - Someday
Get into the groove with Someday! This infectious fusion of rock and pop from The Petal Falls' latest album The Rhythm Train, offers a dynamic blend of radiant vocals and feel-good energy. The track's sharp, edgy verses build up to an exhilarated chorus to form a vibrant soundscape that is bound to invigorate and empower you. A four-minute burst of pure awesomeness!
Jack Francis - Lifeline
In Lifeline, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Jack Francis delivers a vintage-infused folk-rock vibe, breathing a fresh spirit into the sound.
Taken from his upcoming album Early Retirement (out on March 22), the song kicks off with a powerful guitar chord, as Francis' gorgeous vocals unfold with quiet intensity telling a story that all of us can relate to - the aftermath of a broken relationship, eventually illuminating the path to an optimistic future.