Posts Tagged ‘singer songwriter’

After an assured vocal feature on The National’s ‘Where Is Her Head’ last year, Eve Owen garnered more attention with the release of the lovely ‘So Still For You’ in January this year.

Although these are very early days for London-based songwriter Eve Owen, she’s already making quite the impression. With just a handful of singles shared so far, Eve has already played a number of well-received headline shows, as well as supporting the likes of Hayden Thorpe, and was, prior to recent events, set to head out supporting The National. Eve’s links to The National run deeper than just a support slot though, her debut album, Don’t Let The Ink Dry, was recorded with the band’s guitarist, Aaron Desner, in New York, and she even helped with the recording of Where Is Her Head, from their I Am Easy To Find record.

This week, Eve has shared the latest track from, Don’t Let The Ink Dry, the delightfully crunchy sounding, Blue Moon. The track marked something of a turning point for Eve’s recorded output, as it was the first time she’d ever sang with electric guitar. The rawer sounding guitar tone gives Blue Moon a certain wildness, matched in Eve’s free and spontaneous vocal, that in her own words, was an attempt, “to capture some sort of Stevie Nicks atmosphere”. It’s a testament to the songwriting here that so much is captured with just voice and guitar, as Eve channels a spirit of “unrequited love, but not the hurtful kind”. The track is a reflection on an admiration so strong, you’re happy just to be friends with that person, as Eve explains, “I think when you take it upon yourself to truly accept unrequited love and still keep it, is when you’re finally becoming stronger again”. Eve Owen may be be a young songwriter taking her first steps into the sometimes cruel musical world, listening to Blue Moon, you wouldn’t bet against her soaring to the very top.n Yesterday’s release, ‘Blue Moon’, is just as strong. Building with classical instrumentation and soaring vocals, Owen sings of a deep appreciation and devotion, formed into the image of a blue moon.

Her album, which was produced by Aaron Dessner, will be released on 37d03d Records – a collective set up by Dessner and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon.

From the forthcoming album Don’t Let The Ink Dry, out May 8th on 37d03d.

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Mackenzie Scott, the singer-songwriter who performs under the pseudonym of Torres, has released a new cover of Portishead song ‘Wandering Star’. The Brooklyn-based musician, who is in the middle of a tour which has her scheduled to perform in Zurich, France, Italy and more, recently encountered a major financial struggle in order to get emergency flights back to America.

Now, while self-isolating like millions of people around the world, Scott has released a cover of the Portishead classic to help ease the struggle in quarantine. Given the recent success of Bandcamp’s campaign to help struggling artists at the time of the coronavirus campaign, Torres has made her ‘Wandering Star’ cover available to buy through her account on the streaming platform. It follows her January album Silver Tongue.

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‘Winter’ is the first chapter of 4 EP’s that are coming this year, altogether making an album that takes you on a journey through the seasons.. It’s the culmination of many hours of work and thought, and I believe this body of music is the best I’ve ever made. I’m very excited to share it with you all! As a taste of what’s to come, go check out the video to ‘Winter’

Willow Robinson is one of those rare things -a singer/songwriter that makes you sit up and listen. With a raw edge and a blues stained voice his heartfelt songs and powerful performance makes him stand out in an over crowded genre. He’s been working underground honing down his art and is now ready to be listened to – enter Alan McGee who has signed him to his management company. Alan owns a club that I was invited to play in Wales called the Tabernacle, purely because I was the son of his wife’s friend. It’s an amazing old chapel that they have transformed into a venue, it even has some of the old pews in it!

He told me that he put me on the bill out of courtesy, not really expecting much. So I played, and after the show he came up and said he was blown away! I was shocked, always having little confidence in my performances. I then went away touring and as soon as I had finished he called me up and said he wanted to take me on! It was a dream come true, a blessing and what an amazing opportunity.

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This is a music that drips classic but somehow carves out its own niche with a strong identity and strong voice. The full, 3 song EP drops this Friday 27th March 2020

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Emma Charles back when she was still taking classes at Berklee College of Music. She has since relocated to Los Angeles, and now shares her endearing style of folk pop with a gorgeous, nostalgia-inflected video for new single “Connecticut.”

This is the title track from a 4-song EP that came out last month, produced by Doug Schadt, who has worked with both Shaed and Maggie Rogers. Emma delivers a heartfelt performance that maps out an emotional journey from her hometown on the East Coast to a new life in California. A hushed, guitar-based melody provides an evocative backdrop for Emma’s riveting vocal performance and a wistful exploration of the connection between memory and regret. At the intersection of self-examination and roots-Americana the organic sound of Emma Charles never fails to captivate, as we collectively stand witness to an emergent star who surrenders her full heart with every passionate song.

Big sounding acoustic guitars, and a soft emotional vocal is the sound of “Connecticut”  by Emma Charles. This ambient track is the closing song of Emma Charles’ new EP released in late February. The song has a calming energy and feels like the soundtrack of a long drive, of traveling thousands of miles on a long highway. The lyrics dive into the emotions of leaving a small Connecticut hometown for something much bigger. It’s about self-discovery and exploration. It’s hard to ignore Emma Charles’ poetic lyrics and imagery. This sound is truly a gem in today’s music industry!

Emma Charles sets the mood for driving across America in her new song “Connecticut.” Song written by Emma Charles and Doug Schadt

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“Hypochondriac” is a buoyant and at times ambient indie-rock ballad, full of loping guitars and criss-crossing drum beats. With a little of TORRES-style slanted vocal delivery and a jammy rock flair, “Hypochondriac” is far more upbeat than the song’s subject matter may suggest. In the bridge, Fenne Lily continually tells herself, “Look alive,” before a chorus and a startlingly pretty key change take center stage. She ends the song with the relatable (especially during potentially overwhelming times such as these) line, “I’m waiting for a moment to stop and not feel so much. My newest single, released via Dead Oceans, is out now Hypochondriac is the title, preoccupation with death is the theme after a while of silence it feels good to be back – I hope y’all enjoy and keep washing your hands

“Hypochondriac” by Fenne Lily, out now on Dead Oceans.

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Speaking of songs fans of Feist might enjoy, Vancouver artist Hannah Georgas has shared a new single, the first taste of a collaboration with The National’s Aaron Dessner. “This song is a portrait of one particular way that emotions can build up inside,” Georgas says. “You’re going through the motions, suppressing how you really feel, and pretending things are ok — but your body knows…that deep down life and worry can weigh you down in ways your head might not acknowledge. This song was inspired by the feeling of hiding emotions you would like to express but feeling alone. Over the course of the last decade, the Canadian songwriter Hannah Georgas has earned a lot of accolades in her home country.

Along the way, she caught the ear of Aaron Dessner, and she wound up spending much of last year in the National’s touring band for their I Am Easy To Find shows. But before that, she and Dessner had already started working together at Dessner’s studio in upstate New York, resulting in new work from Georgas that will presumably be out soon via her new homes at Brassland and Arts & Crafts.

Find a quiet moment today to absorb this new single from the incredible Hannah Georgas. “That Emotion” is a soft but insistent song that charts emotions beginning to pile up and surface. Produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner at his upstate New York studio, “That Emotion” is the first new material to be taken from a new album, currently scheduled for release this summer

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Promising young musician Brooke Bentham quickly exploded after her singles ‘Heavy And Ephemeral’ and ‘I Need Your Body’ started to get heavy rotation on both BBC Radio 1 and 6music. Having established a widespread following, the South Shields songwriter now drops her debut album ‘Everyday Nothing’.

Despite her early success, Bentham began to experience writer’s block which was triggered by underlining problems hampering her creative process; “I felt very empty and numb. There wasn’t a sadness to it, there was a nothingness to it which I guess is what people say depression is.”

Bentham was able to address her problems and channel it into the music with aid of Bill Ryder-Jones, who produced the record and was able to help her create a masterful first album which feels like a fresh take on grunge influences.

“I’ve worked with some amazing songwriters in my career. I think Brooke at 23 is well on her way to being up there with Alex (Turner), Saint Savoir, Mick (Head) and James (Skelly). Her lyric writing will be overlooked because of her voice but it is her words that will set her apart from others.” – Bill Ryder-Jones

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Big-hearted Americana singer/songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews has announced her next album. “Old Flowers”, a follow-up to 2018’s May Your Kindness Remain (one of our favourite releases from that year), is set to arrive June 5th on Mississippi indie powerhouse Fat Possum Records. “I learned to love the worst parts of you,” Andrews sings on “If I Told.” It’s a Dolly Parton-esque country song tinged with regret and curiosity in regards to the serendipity of relationships.

“These songs came to me alone, late nights in Bisbee, Lisbon, Nashville, and London. Sometimes I’d just cry and sing, and a song would come out. I drank too much wine while writing this record, lit too many candles. You could say this was my attempt to summon the muse, but she was just standing there naked looking me in the eyes. So I told her the truth.

“This is my story of the most heartbreaking, but soul-revealing, year of my life. I drove myself mad. I drove to the smoky mountains just to drive back. I danced with a Portuguese boxer and cried on his shoulder in a Fado cafe. I did everything an artist is ‘supposed to do’. But at the end of the day, beyond all the romance, these songs are my truth. I think they might be yours too.”

With tears of joy, I am here to announce, my new album, ‘Old Flowers,’ will be released on June 5th. In these songs, I am grappling with saying goodbye to a nine-year relationship. I am voyaging closer to myself and to my work. I am vulnerable as hell, and it’s scary as hell. Love, CMA

P.S. I’ll be returning to the UK to play these new songs this June, as well as two album release shows in Brooklyn and Nashville. All the new dates are below and you can find more info at courtneymarieandrews.com. I can’t wait to sing these with you.

May 6—Manchester Center, VT—Billsville
June 5—Nashville, TN—Analog
June 9—Brooklyn, NY—Union Pool
June 16—Birmingham, U.K.—Hare & Hounds
June 17—Pocklington, U.K.—Pocklington Arts Centre
June 18—London, U.K.—Omeara
June 21—Nottingham, U.K.—Metronome
June 22—Oxford, U.K.—Wesley Memorial Church

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Brooke Bentham’s “Everyday Nothing” chronicles the inertia of life as an artist post-graduation. Guitars veer from spectral one minute to menacing the next. Her lyrics are both personal and elliptical, flashing relatable truths. Confronted with the mundanities of life and caught between two jobs in London, Brooke finds intense lyricism in the struggle for purpose and direction.

“There is so much frustration in being young and unsure of what you want, especially when your path is creative,” says Brooke. “You can only hope that it leads you to something fulfilling, so you cling on to the everyday details – burning candles in your bedroom at three AM aged sixteen, or having a bath in the evening at twenty three, or watching your breath when you step outside in winter. I was reflecting a lot when I wrote these songs, romanticising those moments.”

Written entirely by Brooke, with a few contributions from producer Bill Ryder-Jones (who’s own album Yawny Yawn was showered with 4 and 5 star reviews last year), “Everyday Nothing” documents a fast-rising 23-year-old looking to make sense of her existence.

Widely acclaimed for a debut single released during her first year at Goldsmiths University and signed (to AllPoints) in her second, Brooke began Everyday Nothing as soon as her studies were over.

“I was supposed to start, but mostly I lay in bed,” she says of those first few months after graduation. “I read a lot of books and I wrote a lot of notes, but I didn’t come up with a single song. I didn’t have a job. Nothing was going on. I had fuck all to write about.”

In need of more income, she hauled herself out into the world of work and started again. With routine re-established by getting a job in a shoe shop, her notebooks were soon filled with everyday images: dead flowers on a window sill, the feel of keys in her hand as she approached home, snippets of conversations, scenes from the rom-coms, novels and poetry she’d been reading. These shards captured the essence of her internal life at the time.

“Sometimes I wish I could keep music as a hobby,” she says and refuses to give up either of her two jobs despite all the time she has to take off to tour. “If I didn’t have a real job I wouldn’t write,” says Brooke. “I need structure and deadlines or I get nothing done.”

Everyday Nothing soundtracks the reality for many young people today. One in which hopes and dreams play out in a haze of confusion and frustration. Brooke captures this existential vulnerability, the baffling day to day-ness of a young life in the most relatable, poetic and compelling of works.

“A lot of life is boring and predictable, but I hope this album is a way of saying that with some charm.”

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With her strikingly beautiful voice and emotionally direct songwriting, Chloe has captured the attention of rapidly growing UK and US audiences. With the release of her singles ‘Asylum’, ‘Flaws’, ‘Oh You Are Not Well’ and ‘In The Middle Of The Night’, she has accumulated over 10 million plays on Spotify, as well as earning the praise and airtime of the likes of NPR Radio’s Bob Boilen and the BBC’s Steve Lamacq. She was named a 2019 BBC Introducing “One To Watch”

The songs on Chloe Foy’s just-released EP “Callous Copper” are each accompanied by a string quartet, and “Never Be The Same Again” is one assured and exquisite example of what you’ll find on it.

Next month she will be touring throughout England with the string section, and you can find out where she’ll be on her website.

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