SONGS WE LOVED! 30 Oct-5 Nov 2023
As things get colder, wrap yourself up with our latest round-up of the most unique song releases sent our way lately.
Featuring John Douglas, Mouths of Babes, Humm, Barbara Nádas, Tucker Woods, Amerik, NOANNE, SPELLES, Racyne Parker, Midnight Rodeo, Richard Evans, Massimo Silverio, and Black Rose Burning
John Douglas - Maid O' the Loch
In John Douglas's debut solo album, he takes us on an intimate journey through his musical legacy. After decades with the Trashcan Sinatras, the Scottish singer-songwriter presents a collection of reimagined Trashcan Sinatras classics tenderly intertwined with fresh compositions.
His smooth and gentle vocal delivery washes over the listener with an inviting warmth, flawlessly harmonizing with a serene guitar backdrop, creating an overall soundscape that feels nothing short of tranquil.
'John Douglas' is a poignant record that beautifully merges the past with the present, offering a glimpse into the lifetime of musical adventures and accolades that have defined his musical journey.
Listen to the full album here.
Mouths of Babes - Pictures of You
Photo by Shameless Photography
Pictures of You is taken from Mouths of Babes' self-produced album, World Brand New, which embodies the essence of Folk and Americana in its purest form. This album is a journey, an auditory odyssey that will have you swimming into an ocean of sounds, from irresistibly catchy tunes to grand, cinematic orchestrations.
In Pictures of You, the duo weaves a heartfelt folk/Americana narrative, enchanting with its gorgeous harmonies, rich, mellifluous vocals and introspective lyrics. The song delves deep into the emotional labyrinth of being abandoned by a once-close friend, leaving behind a treasure trove of memories and emotions. The lyrics paint a vivid picture: What do I do with these pictures of you / And of us, by the millions, in cars and in canyons? / And what do you say / To a ghost, anyway?
Do yourself a favor and listen to the full album here.
Humm - Danced Alone (who I am when I’m in love)
The contemporary folk duo Humm cast a spell with their enchanting fusion of melodious finger-style guitar, celestial vocals, and immersive harmonium soundscapes. This magical combination results in genre-defining songs that are both soothing and anthemic, weaving a tapestry of nature, folklore, and Cornish fairytales into every composition, inviting you into a whimsical fay journey.
Their latest single, Danced Alone (who I am when I’m in love), overflows with dream-like melodies, delicate guitar lines, and velvet vocals while exploring themes of self-love, introspection, and the valuable lessons learned in the wake of complex relationships.
Barbara Nádas - Soar
Barbara Nádas' latest single Soar shines as a radiant pop anthem, illuminating her profound journey of self-discovery. With soaring and resplendent vocals, Nádas unveils a heartfelt narrative as the song becomes a declaration of embracing her authentic self, liberated by the constraints of societal expectations.
The uplifting pop melodies resonate like a sunbeam, painting a bright and hopeful musical landscape. Soar not only reflects her pursuit of destiny as a singer-songwriter but also infuses every note with infectious optimism, creating a musical experience that's both euphoric and genuinely inspiring.
Tucker Woods - ¡Pura Vida!
Tucker Woods, an exuberant rock 'n' roll band brimming with youthful energy, is gearing up for the release of their forthcoming album, Sunshine Blues set to drop on March 15. Their latest single, ¡Pura Vida!, is a vibrant anthem that draws inspiration from the uplifting Costa Rican expression, carrying a spirited and optimistic vibe that anticipates brighter days ahead.
It's a love song dedicated to those leading passion-fueled lives, spreading positivity and inspiration, and a heartfelt homage to those who courageously champion their beliefs and stay authentically true to themselves.
Amerik - If I Told You feat. Niall McDowell
Amerik, the artistic alias of the producer Adam Booth, joined forces with the promising Northern Irish artist Niall McDowell in their latest release, If I Told You.
This collaboration serves as the triumphant conclusion to a trilogy of singles, spotlighting the remarkable musical talents thriving within the dynamic Northern Irish music landscape. Niall McDowell's unique musical identity contributes a distinctive touch to the song, harmoniously merging with Amerik's creative vision, crafting a hypnotic soundscape that sparkles with imagination and creativity.
NOANNE - Goodwill
Credit: Daria Photogothica
Goodwill marks the entrancing debut single by NOANNE, a lush storytelling masterclass initially unfolding as a love story before venturing into a captivating twist, with its gorgeous visuals seamlessly blending film, theater, music, and AI, immersing us in a truly sublime experience.
Initially, Goodwill lulls with a serene start, gradually unfoldιng in an emotional and musical tempest. The music's intricate dynamics, profound lyricism, and deeply transfixing vocals weave a spell that captivates both the mind and the heart.
Drawing inspiration from Sharon Kovacs' atmospheric and theatrical musical style, Goodwill exudes a haunting and melancholic ambiance, accompanied by the hypnotic sound of a Chinese mandolin, creating a sonic symphony that ignites the imagination and stirs the soul.
SPELLES - Night Terrors
In their enthralling new single, SPELLES, the musical collaboration of Luc Laurent and Kathryn Baar, dives deep into the emotional paradox of hope and hopelessness that often accompanies the pursuit of an elusive dream.
Taken from their forthcoming debut album Diving Into the Arms of the Divine slated for release on November 15th, Night Terrors commences with a blues-infused bass synth riff, and the rhythmic heartbeat of Laurent's drums, providing the perfect backdrop for Baar's glorious vocals to soar.
The song reaches its zenith during the choruses, where lush textures of organs and string machines burst forth, elevating the song to a whole new level of musical brilliance.
Racyne Parker - Make It Out Alive
Cover Art by Stephanie Mikuls
In her hauntingly evocative single, Make It Out Alive, Americana artist Racyne Parker weaves a melancholic tale that navigates the depths of inner turmoil, ultimately finding solace and leaving the past behind in pursuit of a brighter tomorrow.
The song's mournful pedal steel and hypnotic acoustic guitar, backdropped with a solitary whistle, craft an exquisite yet desolate landscape, resonating with the soul-stirring authenticity of Parker's voice. Delving into a rich country-western soundscape, it marries Parker's hypnotic vocals with banjo's and cello's stirring notes, reaching a crescendo of emotional depth and ethereal beauty that envelops you in a profound, otherworldly experience.
Midnight Rodeo - Thank You for Your Time
Thank You for Your Time, the fourth single by Nottingham's Midnight Rodeo, marks a shift from their signature West Coast psychedelic sound, offering a thunderous and enigmatic twist with a hint of modern Australian Psychedelic Rock, as they prepare for an impending album release.
A forceful interplay between lead guitar, exquisite vocals, and a compelling bassline, escalates through two anthemic choruses, while lead singer Maddy Chamberlain lyrically empathizes with those who've faced challenging jobs and cringe-worthy bosses, crafting a vindicating dedication to the underappreciated junior staff.
Richard Evans - Dream of the World
Synth-wave artist Richard Evans's single Dream of the World shines as a beacon of optimism even in the darkest of moments. Taken from his retro-futuristic EP of the same name, Evans artfully draws a thought-provoking parallel between the existential threats of the climate crisis and a deeply personal health struggle that profoundly affected his bodily functions.
Fueled by a deep appreciation for real-world science, the album intricately weaves narratives around microplastics, gene editing, stardust, technogenic crises, and human evolution, capturing the essence of a world teetering on the brink amidst an escalating climate crisis.
Massimo Silverio - Nijò
Photo credit: Riccardo Carpanese
Italian songwriter Massimo Silverio invites us into the enchanting world of Hrudja, his debut album, set for release on November 24th, where he composes in his native "carnic" dialect, spoken in the Carnic Alps of Friuli Venezia Giulia and parts of Slovenia. His unique artistic blend harmonizes classic and contemporary, folk and experimental, acoustic and electronic elements, resulting in a deeply personal aesthetic.
In Nijò, Silverio's vocals become as a heartfelt conduit through a century-old family archive, breathing life into portraits of his ancestors. 'Nijò' carries a dual meaning, symbolizing both 'nowhere' and 'everywhere', with Silverio masterfully mirroring this evocative duality into the song. The instrumentation and overall atmosphere create a bridge across time and place, guiding the listener through Silverio's enigmatic language and familial heritage.
Black Rose Burning - Ad Astra
In Black Rose Burning's Ad Astra, the band marries their alt-rock musicianship with a compelling thematic backdrop that explores humanity's longing to reach for the stars amidst the challenges of our world. The powerful vocals lead the charge, imbuing the song with raw emotion and intensity while the band's instrumental prowess comes to the forefront, creating a powerful alt-rock soundscape.
Taken from their album with the same name, -which you can listen to here- Ad Astra is a thought-provoking anthem that reflects the band's contemplation of why humanity is consumed by conflicts and environmental destruction when we could be uniting to explore the cosmos.