More from Montreal…
I’m sure M for Montreal ranks up there as one of the friendliest music and culture festivals out there. A matter of hours in and I’ve fist-bumped the founder himself, gone ‘exploring’ the city with a music producer and radio host from LA, eaten breakfast with John Robb and been told that my accent is […]
Sophie Morgan brings alt-folk tunes together with an insight which will surprise you – shimmering emotional resonance with an intense melodic quality.
Music which moves to your core and allows you to contemplate the connections you have, feel the warmth thicken around you within the moment, is a magical thing. That’s the enchanting effect of the tunes of Janileigh Cohen, particularly in her latest single ‘Sister’.
RUNAH is a Manchester artist creating sound with a boundary-breaking quality as she uncovers contemporary themes and proves that both reflection and resonance can be conveyed in a single song. ‘This Silence’ is her latest, focusing on society’s need to sufficiently consider mental health – exploring the themes of self-control and struggle in an impressive piece […]
In an age of over-saturation, a track which is dedicated to exploring the depths of the moment and overriding that fear of ‘missing out’ really is welcome – the theme of the latest tune from Oddnesse; ‘Are You Down’.
Genevieve Dawson’s debut EP ‘Things My Mother Tells Me’ – released 28 August – incorporates the personal poeticism often associated with the folk genre, but refreshingly throws off any kind of restraint. The first track title ‘I am on Something’ highlights this, pulling on pop culture and suggestive in its symbolism to show that Dawson does not shy […]
The mysterious Tewkesbury-based Mirror Fury have already made an impression on Bitter Sweet Symphonies with their pop-ballad burst of ‘Skinful’ earlier this year. Now their upcoming track ‘Blindfold’, due August 25th, has a different kind of ‘burst’ to it. The type which is bold, almost biting in its social-awareness and a sense of anger. It’s a […]
The Travelling Band are a Manchester five-piece who greet you in traditional Mancunian style – a strong, warm intro is instinctively satisfying and applies well to the start of their latest track ‘Last Night (I Dreamt of Killing You)’, which begins in one ear and quickly blossoms outwards through the use of jangly guitar and […]
Alice Merton creates intelligent music which makes an impression on the charts too. Her latest single ‘No Roots’ – a song which says that belonging can be created by the value of our experiences rather than any physical location – achieved over 14 million views on YouTube and reached the top five in multiple European […]
It seems that there are many alt-folk artists out there, musing gently on the sweetness of love and its magical quality. Genevieve Dawson, the Edinburgh-born, now London-based singer and multi-instrumentalist is not one of them – and all the better for it. Her stand-out solo work has a wry honesty and explores gritty themes, clear […]
Maddy Storm’s ‘Tempest’ is deliciously turbulent. It opens with a note of longing, before a rousing drumbeat and exploratory vocals flick open the emotions like a brilliant blade of sound.
Sophie Morgan is a singer-songwriter from the North West of England, based in Cheshire but born in Liverpool– you can still hear a wave-like resonance in the undulations of her singing voice. Her vocals, which carry forward reflective, emotive soundscapes – are infused with stories, setting her out from other musicians and markedly distinct for […]
Hannah Nicholson opens up a story in a song to the listener in her latest track ‘Oliver’. Having previously performed as one half of the Manchester based psych-folk duo Bird to Beast, now she goes solo, channelling her classically-trained voice into the turbulence of lone emotion – and it is very rewarding indeed.
‘Into The Water’ is the latest track from Manchester-based The Travelling Band and is a song which sends us into summer with warm harmonies, guitars glistening with reverb and real feeling.
Will Stratton’s ‘Rosewood Almanac’ has an enchanting title – and this feeds further into the enchanting quality of the music. In the American’s debut release on the label Bella Union, he seems to consider the content of an ‘almanac’ – a calendar of important dates and figures – and applies it to emotion. In ten […]
Jack Cheshire could be considered proof that in a music industry full of pressure for productivity and races to put out records, taking time over the creative process can have a profound quality that makes it worth it. The Bath-born, psych-folk musician has spent 11 months holed away working on his fourth album ‘Black Light […]
South East London three-piece Talmont have been busy working on their first single of 2017 – ‘Wilt’ is released on the 14th April, welcoming a fusion of their signature jazz-style harmonies but now in the grip of growth takes us into new depths.
‘Scream’ is a single which manages to combine the weighty imagery of the natural world with well-crafted intimacy, and the final track from a series of four to be showcased from LA’s Oddnesse.
Simple lyrics which seethe with multiple meanings under the sounds of the words themselves, woven into much bigger, blistering soundscapes – that is the impression of the work of Stockport-based musician, singer and songwriter Josey Marina. Her latest track ‘Heavy’ does not disappoint.