You may recognize Ella Eyre from her work with Bastille, Naughty Boy and Tinie Tempah. Just 19 years old, the Londoner is quickly becoming everyone’s favorite vocalist to work with. But don’t think for one second that she doesn’t have the gravitas to be more than just the “ft.” at the end of song titles. She has an old voice. As in, “How the hell is that coming out of a 19 year old??” And yes, her voice is HUGE, but whats more impressive is the control. Take “All About You” for example. The ability to keep the smaller moments in the song subdued (yet still intense) make the big moments that much more dramatic. Stream “All About You” below.
Introduce yourself to Kwabs (short for his full name, Kwabena Adjepong) and get familiar quickly. Me oh my, does this guy have some pipes:
Raw talent is the phrase that comes to mind. There are some voices that sound great. Then there are some voices that literally make your jaw drop. Kwabs has the latter. Fast forward to 2014 and to a collaboration with fellow British singer/songwriter/producer, SOHN, and we’re getting to something potentially very special. Released in anticipation of his EP of the same name, “Wrong or Right” has the perfect blueprint for nurturing that raw talent. You’ll hear some epic synth play and neat layering effects which, paired with Kwabs’ soul crushing vocals, make for some real goose bump inducing material. Stream “Wrong or Right” below.
And we’re back. It’s been a while since we’ve on a short little hiatus but its about time to get back into the swing of things.
Good question, Bear. It’s 2014 and that means its time for a new wave of great music, new artists and mediocre blogging. Enter Fickle Friends. This UK based, new wave pop, five-piece’s new single “Swim” was one of the first things to pop up on my Soundcloud in the new year and its been on repeat ever since. This song has a lot of groove. A subtle, yet catchy groove. The kind that after two minutes in, you’re involuntarily bobbing some part of your body. Happy 2014, everyone. Looks like we’re off to a decent start. Stream “Swim” by Fickle Friends below.
Yup, you’ve got me. Introduce yourselves to Meadowlark. The folk outfit is headed up by YouTube famous Welsh singer-songwriter, Kate McGill. But if her band’s newest release, “I’ve Got You” is any indication, she’s on to bigger and better things. All around, Meadowlark’s sound and McGill’s raw talent just ooze that “feel good” attitude. Their sound is a strange but brilliant combination of ethereal-folkiness ala Fleet Foxes and the snappiness you would see out of The Shins. Stream “I’ve Got You” below.
“In a Spell” starts as a seemingly introspective and even morose ballad. But it sure doesn’t end that way. The new release from Liz Anjos’ (wife of our favorite RAC front man, Andre Allen Anjos) project, Pink Feathers, quickly turns on its heels and hits you right between the ears with some bright and uplifting instrumentation. Anjos’ work is admirable. Though she doesn’t have the kind of voice that will knock you completely off your feet, it does have a touch of sweetness and naiviety you could fall in love with. All of that innocence in the verses, contrasted with the audible shift to confidence and exuberance in the chorus, has me hoping that this is the first track of many to come from Anjos’ new project. Stream “In a Spell” below.
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Art for art’s sake. For all those that opted out of high school Latin class, that’s what ars gratia artis translates to. It’s the idea that true art doesn’t serve any outward purpose and is disconnected from any external agenda. The value of art manifests itself intrinsically in the artist’s realization of the work and in his or her self-motivation. The liberal arts student in me is beaming. That brings us to this offering from Orange County hip-hop artist, CJ Trillo and aussie folk-dream, St. South. The song backs up the philosophy for which it’s named. It severs itself from the idea that music is about record deals, it’s ultimately a reflection of the soul.
“This is ars/ this is trill/ this is heavy, this is me/ This is how my soul responds when its questioned by the beat.”
What just happened there? Things just got way too deep for me. I don’t know, it’s a rainy day here in Boston. Sit back, relax, and stream “Ars Gratia Artis (feat St. South) by CJ Trillo below.
P.S. Listen to CJ Trillo’s new mixtape, Volume 1: Nostalgia here.
Introduce yourself to Wet, a Brooklyn based outfit quickly becoming the talk of the town. Their latest single is a testament to that. “You’re The Best” truly is a work of art. If you’re not feeling anything by the end of it, you must be a robot. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything so haunting and chilling while being so uplifting at the same time. The electronically touched soulful vocals contrast with highlights of shimmering guitar riffs and harmonies. The interaction creates a symbiotic relationship between insecurity, uncertainty and contentment. Do you think that’s what they were going for? “All I know is/ when you hold me/ I still feel lonely/ lonely when you hold me.” Stream “You’re The Best” below and be sure to listen to their self-titled EP, Wet, which dropped earlier this week.