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Artist: Rebecca Downes – Track: Mama Weer All Crazee Now
Winner of the Best Female Vocalist and Best Emerging Artist at the British Blues Awards 2016, Birmingham (UK)-based Rebecca and her band are a ‘must see’ live act that often leaves newcomers simply blown away by the power of the performance. With her co-writer Steve Birkett alongside her, a very tight band behind, and Rebecca’s powerful voice to the fore, the 5-piece outfit performs original tracks from the EP Real Life, the highly-acclaimed debut album Back To The Start and the superb second album Believe, and latest album More Sinner Than Saint, punctuated by a few classic covers. The core of their music is the Blues, but they embrace elements of rock, soul, funk and jazz to deliver an exciting, passionate set.
Six Impossible Things release new single and video ‘ithinkithinktoomuch’
Hailing from the area of Milan, Italy, Six Impossible Things is a love affair – a dream pop duo embracing their undying passion for music and delivering slow-paced, hymnal songs that will undoubtedly resonate with fans of acts such as Phoebe Bridgers, Turnover, Tigers Jaw or Conor Oberst.
BRINSLEY SCHWARZ – Releases official video for ‘Storm In The Hills’
Directed by Brinsley Schwarz and co-produced with videographer Paul “Rile” Avis, the video has a loose environmental theme which aptly correlates with the narrative of the song. The video was exclusively premiered by Vive Le Rock.
“Storm In The Hills” is Brinsley’s first single from a brand new solo album entitled ‘Tangled’, set to be released later this year. With Brinsley playing most of the instruments, the track is notably hallmarked with the characteristic guitar sound he brought to the ’70’s pub rock band of his namesake: Brinsley Schwarz; plus more recently as lead guitarist for Graham Parker & The Rumour.
Varmia (Pol) “bal Lada” @ Pagan Black Metal
Polish pagan alchemists VARMIA – who pay tribute to their Baltic roots by combining black metal with traditional instruments such as the goat horn and the tagelharpa – will release their third album (and M-Theory Audio debut), “bal Lada,” on March 12. The cover artwork, which was designed by percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Piotr, can be viewed above. The album can be pre-ordered on CD and limited-edition 2LP colored vinyl at www.smarturl.com/varmia.
Singer-songwriter Grace Parry releases new single ‘Real’
Grace Parry, a Welsh singer-songwriter, has been playing the piano and composing her own songs since she was five years old. Her latest single, ‘Real’, is a heartfelt ode to the joy of falling madly, passionately, head over heels in love.
Grace explains: ”Real’ is about finding someone who gives you that real, authentic love. Being so in love with someone that they make every day feel like a fantasy…. I have often imagined how it would feel to be deeply in love with someone and have no reservations whatsoever. For many of us, whether we admit it or not, we fantasise about having that real love and passion….’
Jessi Mac – new video ‘Bedroom Years’
It’s a great video, exploring isolation in its physical and mental forms via artistic and sometimes surreal imagery, set against a really infectious and emotional dose of catchy songwriting with its roots spread between hook-laden pop and grungey influences, hitting that sweet spot between uplifting and nostalgic melancholy.
Skope video submission: Trayvon Palmer, “Bag”
Palmer says his new single was inspired by “me wanting to finally ‘take’ the music industry for myself. Repeatedly saying ‘give me the bag’ in the chorus means it’s my turn to shine.”
BLOODY HAMMERS Releases Retro Sci-Fi Music Video for Eerie New Track “Not Of This Earth”
Prior to the holiday season, horror-occult-goth metal/rock fusers BLOODY HAMMERS unleashed two grisly, metallic new tracks to the masses’ delight – the macabre punk earworm “A Night To Dismember” and swinging, gritty anthem “Hands Of The Ripper”. Now, the Transylvania County, North Carolina-based husband and wife duo have released a third single and video on the eve of the release of their new horror punk-inspired full-length album, Songs Of Unspeakable Terror!
Lonely The Brave release “Keeper” documentary
The band, based as they are between Cambridgeshire, Bristol and West Yorkshire, had to forgo any plans for a traditional music video but, instead, pre-lockdown put together a short documentary about what exactly were their “keepers” from a difficult last year for everyone. Filmed in person in each of the band’s hometowns, it takes a look at the realities for a band releasing during the pandemic, with two members working on the frontline for the NHS (Mo as an ambulance driver and Bush as a nurse on the Covid wards), but also puts a focus on those things we are grateful for and tells the story of how, against the odds, this album came to be.
Paris-based Morena drops her impressive debut EP ‘SAD BOY HOURS’
Paris-based artist Morena started writing and singing at a young age. After studying English literature, she was soon overwhelmed with the compulsion to create music and decided to completely dedicate herself to it. Her style manifests as a fusion of pop and RnB melodies resulting in an electric atmosphere. She showcases her often melancholic lyricism with her smooth and innocent voice with an unmissable hint of soul.
TESSEL release sharp beach-pop single ‘Family Time’ via [PIAS]
Utrecht quartet TESSEL announce their signing to [PIAS] Recordings, and unveil their debut release with the label – ‘Family Time’.
It’s a quintessential example of the woozy indie-pop they’ve begun making their name with, accompanied by a video created with filmmaker Casper Buijtendijk, that breathes visual life into the pastel tones of the song.
EBHONI, TORONTO’S HOMEGROWN BAD GYAL IS BACK WITH NEW SINGLE “HIT THIS”
About “Hit This,” Ebhoni exclaimed, “Working on “Hit This” was a straight vibe in the studio! I was in Miami working and made “Hit This” day two in the studio, and everyone was like, “We want ENERGY on this track!” Izy literally started making the beat from scratch and, as he was building it, we were all just going mad with ideas. Walshy Fire is always hyping me so, of course, we started talking our shit. The whole Creative Titans team just brings a different type of energy when creating.”
Sia Releases New Single “Hey Boy” ft. Burna Boy
Today nine-time Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum artist Sia releases new single “Hey Boy” featuring Burna Boy off of her eighth studio album Music – Songs From And Inspired By The Motion Picture. The album is out February 12th via Monkey Puzzle/Atlantic.
WEIRD TALES stream New Album In Full
Polish Psychedelic Doom act of three – Weird Tales thicken the plot of their tale with a brand new EP – “Y’all Motherfuckers Forgot ‘Bout Good Ol’ Son Of A Bitchin’ Blues”. Which, like everything else from this twisted trio, dares to go far outside the confines of what you would expect from a doom album.
With this record, Weird Tales pays homage to the true founding fathers. Where it all began, the kings of blues! With out blues, there is no rock, with out rock there is no doom metal, and without doom metal, well, let’s not even speculate where Weird Tales would be.
Parker Millsap announces new album; shares first song
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Parker Millsap has announced the release of his new album. BE HERE INSTEAD arrives via his own Okrahoma Records and Thirty Tigers on Friday, April 9. Produced by the legendary John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, Waxahatchee), BE HERE INSTEAD is heralded by today’s premiere of the luminous new single, “The Real Thing,” available now at all DSPs and streaming services. The song – which features guest vocals from Nashville singer Erin Rae – is joined by an official companion video, streaming now at YouTube. BE HERE INSTEAD is available for pre-order now.
Ron Gallo Shares “Can We Still Be Friends?” Via KEXP
Today, Ron Gallo shares “Can We Still Be Friends?”, the latest single off his upcoming LP PEACEMEAL, out March 5th on New West Records. KEXP premiered the track, resonating with Gallo’s commentary on “so-called companions jumping ship once things get challenging” and praising the sound of “Gallo’s “90’s R&B dreams with 80’s arpeggio synths.”