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Unique Hastings – ‘Skip The Talking’

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Coming from a musical background –

A singer, rapper, songwriter and producer, Unique Hastings is a multi-talented artist with music in his veins. His father owned a recording studio and his mother taught him to sing. On top of this, both his grandparents were musicians.

All this spurred him to follow his passions as a musician. He has since been involved in a number of exciting projects, producing music for a Virgin Media digital campaign as well as collaborating with Chris Brown for a remix of the r&b artist’s single ‘Run it’. His touring meanwhile has taking him all over the world, playing acclaimed venues such as the O2 Arena in London and Apollo Theater in New York, supporting names as big as Ludacris and De La Soul.

Unique Hastings gives us elements of soul, r&b, hip hop and pop, South London artist Unique Hastings’ sound is certainly unique.

Check out ‘Skip The Talking’ :

 

‘Skip the Talking’ is out 30th September

 

Goldsands take you to ‘A Place Far Away’

goldsands-a-place-far-away-promo1Goldsands transport listeners to ‘A Place Far Away’ with brooding and cinematic new single, they effortlessly blend elements of pop, rock and jazz.

The single tells the story of a faded film star’s unlikely bond with a neglected young woman after crossing paths in Tokyo, drawing inspiration from cult classic movie Lost in Translation. What makes this even more unique is that it was self-produced in a converted apartment in Birmingham and then later mastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

‘A Place Far Away’ has comparable sounds to groups like Radiohead, The Beatles and Coldplay, this is a result of the band members eclectic musical backgrounds, Liam brings a rock vibe with a driving groove, Tom brings a Jazz flare, Ramsey takes his influences from the experimental sounds of the 60’s, James gives suitable guitar ambience and Matt is a sucker for a pop hook.

The single ‘A Place Far Away’ has a lovely soft melody which is complimented by the vocals, it really does transport you to somewhere different, as it is a bit of a dreamy track, stream it here:

 

Goldsands are also about to embark on a UK tour…

Tour Dates:

Thursday 29th September – Zigfrid’s Underbelly, London

Saturday 1st October – Actress and Bishop, Birmingham

Tuesday 4th October – The Zanzibar Club, Liverpool

Wednesday 5th October – Star and Garter, Manchester

Thursday 6th October – Bannerman’s Bar, Edinburgh

Friday 7th October – 360 Club, Leeds

Saturday 8th October – Chameleon Arts Café, Nottingham

Wednesday 2nd November – LS6, Leeds

Friday 11th November – 02 Academy 2 Islington, London

Friday 9th December – The Workshop, London

Friday 16th December – O2 Academy 3, Birmingham

Bess Atwell shares ‘Cobbled Streets’, taken from upcoming album

 

DEBUT ALBUM RELEASED 1ST JULY VIA BULLNOSE HOOP RECORDS

Stream ‘Cobbled Streets’ HERE

‘A promising folk poet of suppression and inner anxiety’ – THE INDEPENDENT

“A voice like slow, cool water.”THE GUARDIAN

“Deftly poetic, the soft, lingering arrangements provide plenty of space for Bess Atwell’s wonderful voice.”CLASH

Written far from city lights in the South Downs communities where she’s lived for 12 of her 21 years, Bess Atwell’s debut album, ‘Hold Your Mind’, released 1st July on Bullnose Hoops Records, blends folk and singer-songwriter traditions with a pop sensibility.

Observations on identity, self-dismay and claustrophobic social media combine intimacy with rock hooks and gauzier, more expansive atmospheres recalling the work of First Aid Kit, Agnes Obel and Sharon Van Etton.

Produced by Michael Smith, the album was mostly recorded at Smith’s RnR Studio in London, with a five-piece band. But with initial sessions stalling, Smith and Atwell headed south to Lewes (Atwell’s hometown) and got back to basics, simplifying the sound and experimenting. Timeless in essence, the resulting 12 songs have a soft, ethereal quality with a dark edge.

Album opener, A Thousand Lovers, a pensive melody that considers an odder romantic tangent with equal care, becomes more expressive in its self-reflection, while Jesse, delightfully delicate and airy in tone and Resolution are deeply honest and introspective in nature.

Debut single Cobbled Streets, describes Atwell’s sometimes ambiguous relationship with small-town existence. “Because my family moved around quite a bit when I was a child, I desperately wanted to belong somewhere, and I’ve always sought out a close community, people that you see every day. That’s my idea of home, though I haven’t really found it yet. I feel comfortable and creative in a small community. At the same time, I’m so aware that there’s a world out there that I want to explore.”

The title track, Hold Your Mind, challenges a digital existence unique to Atwell’s time, “when nothing’s alive, but it’s all been immortalised.” Atwell says, “social media isn’t very accepting of being a mixture and a contradiction. It’s like you can’t really progress. That’s you, on the internet forever. And I hate that. There’s no space to breathe.”

Brought up in a creative family background, her love of music was discovered at an early age. “I remember listening to music when I was 7 or 8,” she says, “and asking my mum, ‘How does someone write a song? At 14, in the first month that I realised I could write, I wrote 10 songs, took a day at a studio and laid them all out acoustically. There were hard things going on with my family, that’s where the songs were coming from. And still, whenever something’s really difficult, my mind’s really, really busy. Then I write about it, and communicate it, and feel better.”

Atwell’s early musical influences include Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver, taking inspiration from the latter in her songwriting process. “He had such beautiful melodies. It was melancholy, but sweet and beautiful, and felt really universal, and I became obsessed with wanting to write something that explained how I feel just as well. It wasn’t art, it was me just trying to replicate something I’m not, and it hindered me. I realised that I desire to express a universal feeling, as Bon Iver does, but that I could do so without sounding like him. That’s really what I learned from him. I write all the time now, because I’m not comparing myself to anybody else.”

Having formed a small following along the south coast with numerous intimate performances, she has no plans to leave her native Lewes. “Quiet, countryside places are where I see myself and my music,” she says. “Not the city, where it’s busy and things are happening right now. My songs are mostly about my own life or things close to me. So they need that moment of stepping away, and reflecting.” This sure sense of time and place pervades Hold Your Mind, a debut built on strong foundations by a subtly fresh new songwriter.

Buy ‘Cobbled Streets’: http://hyperurl.co/BACobbledStreets

Pre-order ‘Hold Your Mind’: http://hyperurl.co/BAHoldYourMind

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/78rbpQFx9WcRZbTLxnfrk9

https://www.facebook.com/bessatwellmusic/

Haunting new album Cherry Fair from singer-songwriter Stephen Harrison

‘…like postcards from an earlier, purer, more positive time’ – The Sunday Herald on Stephen’s previous album Today Tomorrow

English-born, Scottish-residing singer-songwriter Stephen Harrison delivers this intimate and heartfelt new folk record Cherry Fair.

Having written his own songs since he was a teenager, Stephen got into music through legendary sixties acts such as The Doors, Simon and Garfunkel, Donovan, Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan and George Harrison – the music that his older siblings would listen to.

As a teenager I was writing folk songs on acoustic guitar. Aged 16, I would strap my guitar on my back and head off ‘on my moped’ to places such as the Barnoldswick Folk Club.

During the late seventies, Stephen’s musical interests shifted. Attending the Edinburgh College Of Art in 1977, he was founding member of the post-punk band Metropak. The band supported the likes of The Rezillos and Josef K, and received airplay from John Peel.

Having since disbanded, Stephen has now returned to his folk roots. His new album draws on his experience, exploring an array of pensive topics from unrequited love to reconciliation to the brevity of life.  The subject matter deepens as the tracks progress.

Although minimal in sound, Cherry Fair is the result of a lot careful time and effort, Stephen going to great lengths to achieve the perfect sound using unconventional guitar tunings and a particular picking style. Vocals are often recorded multiple times so that he can achieve the exact phrasing. The result is a very clean and polished record.

Stream the album here on Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/stephen-harrison/sets/cherry-fair

As well as having a passion in music, Stephen is also a keen painter. Emotional tone plays a key part in his interest in the arts.

Artists that Stephen can be compared to include the likes of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, early Lou Reed and Richard Hawley.

Cherry Fair is out 9th May

Links:

http://www.stephenharrisonmusic.com

https://www.facebook.com/Stephen-Harrison-155502732790/?fref=nf

https://twitter.com/harrisings/followers

https://soundcloud.com/stephen-harrison

UK singer-songwriter Alan Bonner demonstrates unique nocturnal sound with new album ‘Night Music’

This is the type of music that will endure long after other fads and fashions have passed on by’ – Electric Harmony Blog

Mr. Bonner has the means of a pauper but sings with the heart of a king.’ – Surviving The Golden Age Blog

UK singer-songwriter Alan Bonner is set to deliver his third album, Night Music – a smoky, dimly-lit collection of songs inspired by London and its nocturnal inhabitance.

As Bonner puts it: ‘songs inspired by drinkers, thieves, prostitutes, spurned lovers, fallen rock stars and chance meetings with strangers on night buses. Songs inspired by the disaffected creatures that take to the streets and the bars of the city when the sun goes down.

The album touches on personal tales of long-distance romances, family relationships and depression as well as world-encompassing topics of love, hope and mortality. This is all delivered with a vivid and poetic lyricism certain to appeal to fans of artists like Rufus Wainwright, The National, Sufjan Stevens and Perfume Genius.

Produced by Aneek Thapar and recorded in South London, Night Music’s backdrop is one of intimate pianos, orchestral strings and minimalist percussion that perfectly encapsulate the album’s title.

He holds this whole history of gay men’s relationships in his music that Beyonce as a straight woman will never once hold.’ – QX magazine

Bonner has regularly worked with LGBT charities, being a gay artist himself. His interests in social issues have also extended to substance abusers and the homeless, having worked voluntarily and professionally as a support worker.

Having already released two well-received previous albums, Bonner will hopefully build on his success with this new release. Already, he has received previous airplay on stations such as BBC 6 Music and MTV Italy, and achieved press coverage from Grazia, Gay Times, Attitude, Time Out London and RTE Ireland.

Although based in London, the artist has spent a lot of time recently living out of a suitcase, touring extensively across the UK, Ireland, Europe, Australia and the US.

Hear an 8 track sample of the album here on Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/alanbonnermusic/sets/night-music-album-sampler

Watch video for ‘Always Tomorrow’ here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ46k4s7GdE&feature=youtu.be

 

The album ‘Night Music’ is out 27th May

 

Links:

 

https://soundcloud.com/ALANBONNERMUSIC

https://www.facebook.com/ALANBONNERMUSIC/

https://twitter.com/alanbonnermusic

www.youtube.com/AlanBonnerMusic

www.alanbonnermusic.com

Creatures Of Leisure – The Floating Bridges

The album has been borne out of the band’s jammin’ sessions, and has been inspired by “good times” they have had together living on the Sunshine Coast. Lead single ‘Dreamcatcher’ allows the listener to get in to the same groove. The track features the traditional offbeat rhythms of reggae as well as the spiritual side of roots music, combined with Jimi Hendrix-style rock-n-roll guitar, which allows for an undeniably original yet authentic sound.

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The Floating Bridges are touring the UK from 17th July – not be to missed!

Links:

Website: www.thefloatingbridges.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefloatingbridges?ref=hl

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-oGa1YXNlE

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thefloatingbridges

Rhett May with Brand new ‘The Violence Of Ice’ Release

Rhett May self-produced rock is simple, raw and home-made – without over-the-top production but with plenty to say about May’s take on the modern world.

With a musical career which spans back to the seventies when his band Lucifer supported legendary rock band Queen, Rhett May is a voice of experience in a rock world which has become increasingly shallow. He’s toured the world, seen the music industry from the inside, and watched the dark side of the business consume those around him.

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Throughout those experiences, Rhett May continually turned away the excesses of the industry, choosing instead to write his own story as opposed to those who fell into the clutches of addiction. His is a positive message, song writing influenced by a wide and varied back story which took him from an orphanage at seven years old, to the streets of Calcutta in India, to settling in Melbourne, Australia as part of Lucifer.

Links:

www.soundcloud.com/rhett-may-music

www.facebook.com/rhettmaymusic

www.twitter.com/rhettmay

www.rhettmay.com

www.reverbnation.com/rhettmay

https://itunes.apple.com/au/artist/rhett-may/id287901404

All This Noise release new single ‘Seven Billion Like You’

Single to be accompanied by B Side track, ‘The Return’

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Listen here:

Listen to B side track ‘The Return’:

An intriguing blend of genre and ideas” Alphabet Bands

“Very much a band to watch out for in 2015” Rock ‘N’ Roll Creation

“Sophisticated and elaborate touches” Unsigned and Independent Magazine

Links

Website –   http://allthisnoise.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AllThisNoisemusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/allthsnoise

Soundcloud:

Videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC17KrcJyaSBOLHBIfaX2A1w