If You Ever Want To Be In Love
Armed with a blues-print, some swaggy folk seduction and the art of crafting pop-perfection, via the least cheesy and most raw rock routes, James Bay’s latest offering is laden with passionate piano and hooky ballad-esque euphoria.
Simmering with summer sadness, this anthemic and melodic track fuses gritty guitar with some captivating sing-along-swoon. Showboating and utilizing talents that show lyrical and musical prowess beyond his 23 years, If You Ever Want To Be In Love, whilst possessing all the pop-folk euphoria of a 90s driving scene, extends radio-friendly hooks and instead parks itself somewhere in bluesy South American territory.
After gracing the same stage as Stevie Wonder during London Calling Festival, James Bay is now mesmerizing audiences across the U.S, before hopping back to serenade stages in his UK home.
One for a more morose evening, If You Ever Want To Be In Love will put tears in your beers, before the night is through.
Kings/1ØØ (featuring Olivver) (prod. by Danny Score)
Little by little, we’re getting introduced to Jez Dior’s upcoming album, which is due to drop sometime this summer. Once again we’re offered up a unique production from this alternative, against the grain hip hop artist.
Hailing from Los Angeles, Dior has been shaking up the blogosphere with grunge-rock inspired hip hop tunes that have people’s heads turning. After catching a little fire from his video for “Who Drank My Whiskey?“, he came back with “Old No. 7,” which features an appearance by Oakland local G-Eazy.
Producer Danny Score has a cinematic soundscape going, which is the perfect backdrop for “Kings/1ØØ” to come to life. Boasting a laid-back, yet emotionally intense ride built on ryhtmic drumming, fluttering guitar notes, and of course Jez’s now signature Cobain-esque screams, we’ve found ourselves hitting play again and again.
Keep tabs on this up and coming indie hip-hop artist by following him on his Facebook account, as this upcoming album is something you won’t want to miss.
They are raw, they can be ugly, they can be invigorating, they can make or break a person to a point.
Jack Garratt takes all of those feelings and bundles them into a messy package with a uneven bow calling it ‘Worry’. The third song off his upcoming EP Remnants, which comes out July 14th, paints a vivid and intense picture of someone who carries a slight obsession with the person who left them. Garratt captures the pissed off feeling that comes with relationships when they end, the questioning of what happened and the obvious sarcastic rants that we all wish we could say to those who have left us. Garratt has an almost whimsical melody that radiates perfectly with his soft, yet stunning voice. He then brings in harder beats along with a rise in his voice and intensity when he is telling the person who left to not worry because he has it covered for the both of them. Garratt has the ability repeatedly to capture pure, unapologetic feelings within his songs, whether love, detest, hurt, or pure joy. His voice, lyrics, and melody combine for a lethal dose of emotion overload.
It’s always been a special treat when an act whom we had been previously unaware of completely sweeps us off of our feet. Adding themselves to that envious list of artists is NY to LA, coast spanning indie-pop duo Wolf Colony. While we were first tipped to their lush sonic landscapes and emotionally driven avant-pop sound a few months ago, we initially caught them in a lull of new material; so when lead vocalist, known simply as “Wolf” and producer Neal Sarin dropped us their latest tune, “The One”, we were a bit elated to say the least. The lead single from Wolf Colony’s debut long-player Unmasked; “The One”, plays out in defiance to the current wave of synth and indie pop. Whereas so many electronic artists today texturally clutter their sound with as many differing, and boisterous elements as will fit onto the arrangement, Wolf Colony offers their compositions an alternately enlightened path, featuring relatively bare arrangements dominated by a few, high-impact elements that offer a roomy, massive, yet intimate soundscape. “The One” shuffles its way to a breezy stride out of the gate, before an 80’s leaning synth kit and two-step percussive line open up a paradisiacal amount of space for Wolf’s melancholic, and deeply emotive vocal refrain to dictate a dark, graceful and positively catchy atmosphere. While just a short jaunt, Wolf Colony manages to hook its listener and leave us with nothing to do but simply set “The One” on an endless loop for the rest of the day. Let this one give you a few feels today, we sure did.
Sometimes we are faced with some really tough decisions that could very well change our lives forever. We just want to make things a little easier for you. The only decision that lies in front of you right now is to listen or not to listen. Either way is fine with us.
’Elder Island – What It’s Worth’
’Blue Hawaii – Try To Be’
’Magic Arm – Said Things’
’FRENCH FOR RABBITS – GOAT’
’Louie and Patrick – What’s Right Without Wrong?’
Sean O'Neill music
It’s easy to see why people connect with particular types of music. It may be a life event or it could be a certain frame of mind that one is currently in. We all connect with music for different reasons at different times of the day, week, year and life.
Call me a hopeless romantic, but I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for endearing folk music. When I was single, I was always thinking about finding that special someone, and folk music was the connection to those constant day dreams. Now that I have someone, songs like “Vienna” from Perth-based singer-songwriter Sean O’Neill have me spending my days thinking of what adventures lie ahead with her.
While this post divulges more personal information than the norm, I felt a deep connection with “Vienna.” The luscious atmospheric soundscape creates the perfect harmony with the subtle finger picking and O’Neill’s understated vocals. While it may seem subdued to you, this tune is anything but, providing an emotionally-charged ride for its listeners.
With influences as diverse as Sufjan Stevens, Bill Frisell and Arvo Part, this young artist released a solo EP in Australia in 2012. Now relocated to London, we’re offered up a unforgettable listen to “Vienna,” and we’re anxiously awaiting more.