A trio of musicians who have come together to form a new group of their own, Colour Colour are a London based group with an edgy but commercial sound. With clanging guitars and a vocal style that’s not a million miles from Arctic Monkeys, this is a band with a solid sound and potential for a very successful future in music.
This single, ‘Do Something Beautiful’, is something of a mission statement in both content and style. It’s fun, memorable and upbeat in tempo – doing a great job of whetting the appetite for future releases. Which is perfect, considering there’s an EP on the way in the summer.
With a new EP out next week (25th November), Magazine Gap are a trio with a plan. First, they have established their credentials as a top notch funk-soul band with previous singles ‘What’s That About?’ and ‘Body Language’. And now, with the EP very close on the horizon, they have released the video for the excellent title track ‘Calling Card’.
Carrying on their trend of well written and produced tracks full of verve and energy, ‘Calling Card’ once again shows why Magazine Gap’s decision to ride the funk wagon was a good one. Clearly all experienced musicians in their own right, the three members knit together to form a tight package which really complements their genre. There’s plenty more where this video comes from, and more on the way, so click here to get the full skinny.
With a beautiful voice complimented by the light touch of piano and acoustic guitar, Ellie Jane shines on new single ‘Clocks’. Jane is one of the most highly thought of independent song writers in the UK at the moment, feeding off the good buzz she received when reaching the final of the national UK Open Mic competition.
And now, with this single and six song EP it promotes, she is taking a further step towards gaining the recognition she deserves. Far from being a cookie cutter pop princess, this is a writer of original songs with influences from far outside the pop genre.
It makes for an interesting cocktail, which should be enjoyed in full by finding the EP on iTunes.
There are already many people who have come across up and coming pop songwriter Dale McKay, but for the uninitiated now is the perfect time to discover him. Having already been talked up locally and nationally by BBC Introducing, his new EP ‘Here and Now’ hits the shelves (figuratively speaking) on September 16th.
With an acoustic foundation which expands into classy, catchy, song-writerly pop, his sound is immediately accessible and packed with relatable lyrics. ‘Make You Happy’ (above) is taken from the EP and gives a glimpse as to what you can expect.
As suggested by the name of this blog, the independent music scene is full of hopeful, talented people who want their music to take them to a career of touring, seeing the world and playing tunes. In some cases though, independent musicians simply write because they want to, safe in the knowledge that their day job will sustain their creativity.
Joe Rhinewine, a clinical psychologist from Portland, Oregon is a case in point. His music clearly isn’t looking for a wide audience, just perhaps a small band of like-minded individuals who appreciate his skill and sense of humour. As shown by his new track ‘In the Box (Put It)’, his is a sound not destined for radio. However, there’s enough quality here to pique the interest for his new EP.
The ‘Songs from NowHere’ EP is out now on Amazon.
When done right, folk music has the unique ability to capture a mood. Perhaps thanks to the rawness of the common acoustic setup, you often feel as if it’s just the simplicity of the chords and lyric that draws you in, without need for excessive layers or overwrought production.
This is the case with the excellent EP from Philip Murray Warson, released last year. And now you can get the closing track ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ on free download.
The video above, ‘Take Back the Power’, is the new release from excellent songwriter on the rise Naomi. One of the hottest UK pop acts out there at the moment, it seems she has been around for ages – having previously performed under the name Caleidra. This experience may lend itself to maturity of her vocal and her songwriting – both impressive for an artist at the tender age of 19.
The video itself is a glittering triumph. Eye catching from the start, its dark skylines match perfectly in contrast with the bright, immediate pop sound. It’s a real toe-tapper, and one that will stick in your head from the very first few listens.
Even more exciting, this video is simply an introduction to a larger release, the ‘Take Back the Power’ EP due on April 22nd. For more information on getting your hands on that, head over to Naomi’s website.
Mixing progressive rock and grunge styles, The Late Yetis are a five piece band from the UK who certainly know how to make an impact. If you don’t believe us, perhaps you should watch the video above once more time..
The single, ‘Blood Driven’, is out now and shows a dark sensibility to a band who aren’t backward in coming forward. And with a new EP coming out at the beginning of March too, now is the perfect time to discover this burgeoning band.
A session guitarist who has travelled the world playing music, The Rebel Scientist is clearly a very talented musician. His primary instrument, the guitar, has seen him play in some of the finest venues around the world – including huge arenas and football stadiums alongside the likes of Westlife and Charlotte Church.
It takes a special talent to reach that level, in an industry which is so difficult to be a success in. And now, The Rebel Scientist has transported that talent to the production of his new four song EP.
Each song features a different vocalist, giving each a different feel to the last. Two strands pull it all together however – the quality of the production, and the excellent placement of those moments of guitar where the Rebel Scientist shines.
You can find the ‘Never Stop Waiting For You’ EP at the links below:
Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/5bKB8ZDxNNv9VY66GGFsql
iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/never-stop-waiting-for-you-ep/id1056907436
Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/5bKB8ZDxNNv9VY66GGFsql
Released on Monday Live on Love is the new EP from Jess Thristan, a female singer-songwriter who has shown great consistency in recent months. It’s lead out of the gate by the excellent title track video:
A lovely blend of Ed Sheeran and Jack Johnson but with a pure female vocal to set it apart, the track typifies what’s great about Jess Thristan as a songwriter. Her lyrics are thoughtful and effective – wondering whether we’re held back from happiness by the gadgets of the information age – but presented in an upbeat package that belies its serious point.
It’s this kind of smart writing that runs through all Thristan’s work, and makes a new EP something to be excited about. With three tracks in total to enjoy and pore over, that’s less than a quid each.
Get it here. Go on, you deserve it.