Someone I Don't Know
The last time a female artist sang the words ‘shake it off’, the world was overcome with a Swift-sensation. While Folly Rae demonstrates some serious pop-sensibility, there’s a deeper ethereal charm residing below the surface of what is outwardly and unashamedly strong pop sentiment. Her new track “Someone I Don’t Know” might not be so much about shaking it off, but Folly Rae is well on the way to creating her own international storm.
This spacious and hauntingly ornate track has its radio friendly edges, but manages to rub its smooth surfaces against something a bit more rugged. Lyrical depth and radio friendly soundscapes aren’t always such compatible companions, but Rae seems to have mastered the craft of packing punches into pretty parcels. “Someone I Don’t Know” has the darkly eerie undercurrents of Lana Del Ray, but with a distinctly British feel.
“Someone I Don’t Know” side-steps the overly polished effect and plants its somewhat folky roots firmly in the field of darkly ethereal pop-perfection. Garnering hype on home soil, Rae’s previous release “Free Your Mind” was part of BBC introducing, whilst “Someone I Don’t Know” has secured a first play from Huw Stephens on Radio One.
Somewhere down under, we know that the weather is warm, road trips are being planned, adventures are happening, and the soul of summer is being immortalized through the music of people’s most beloved artists. Sydney songstress Gordi has added to the glory of the season with her release of “Taken Blame.”
This up-and-coming artist caused a stir in the latter part of 2014, and is now returning to stoke the fires of her upcoming EP. Having already received our full attention with “Nothing’s As It Seems,” today she’s commanding even more adoration with “Taken Blame.” Set to the soft, yet engaging strum of an acoustic guitar, a distorted, humming bassline, and fluttering synths, the warm-weather season is brought to life with her illustrious vocals, leaving us wishing we were experiencing the same season as our friends in the Southern Hemisphere.
Press play and get lost for a few minute’s time. It will be the best thing you’ve done all day today.
We are faced with a million and 2 decisions from the moment we wake up. So, let us ninja the pressure off your plate and offer you a steady stream of hand-picked indie songs while you knock each one of them out. We promise the decision to hit play won’t be the worst one you have ever made.
Panic is Perfect
On The Dotted Line
To celebrate the still young days of 2015, duo IYES hands off an intimate, stripped down and live demo track entitled ‘Simmer’. After being exposed to their ability to create such rich music with releases ‘Glow‘ & ‘Toys‘ amongst others, it’s exciting to hear a more shadowy side of the pair with this cut. Birthed in their Brighton studio, we find Josh and Melis urging us to be more receptive in the most delicate times of our relationships. It sounds like loyalty. “I will make it work for you. Overcome my fears for you.” This record will help us progress toward being better and stronger partners. Their current single ‘Glow’ is out on the 1st of March, via Love by Mistake/Sony UK. IYES will be performing live @ Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, London next week (tickets available).
In a culminating swirl of RnB, Gospel, Soul, Indie Rock, and folk, we were left enamored when we took that first listen to JP Cooper’s “When the Darkness Comes” back in December. The emotive lyrics, the flawless vocal range, and the impressive fusion of multiple genres had us eager to premiere it to our readers and the rest of the blogosphere.
Today, we’re equally excited to bring you another exclusive taste of this Mancunian’s artistry by hosting an exclusive interview, and a listen to his full EP. Press play and enjoy the soundtrack for this quick and entertaining read.
We Were Raised Under Grey Skies (Acoustic)
TMN: Hey JP. First off, thanks again for letting us premiere “When the Darkness Comes,” back in December. That feels like a long time ago! What’s been going on since then?
JP: Ah thank you! Well, I had a handful of wonderful intimate solo shows in December.. They were a really nice way to round up the year. Over Christmas I was mainly just spending time with family, the year had been so busy so it was great to be in one place for a few weeks. Throughout December and January I’ve mainly been writing, I’ve taken some much needed solitary time for it and it’s been great.
Sometimes all we need in life is a pair of headphones and a playlist……and would you look at that. We’ve got one of the 2 right down below. Sometimes life can be so simple….
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We’re not sure what it’s like on your part of the globe, but where we’re sitting, it’s sunny, warm and gorgeous. All of which is a complete treat compared to what we’re used to this time of year, so we’re gleefully indulging in it’s splendor, hanging out on the back porch with a beer, a smile, and a couple playful dogs.
Seafret comes in with a perfect, calming tune to add to our Sunday chill out playlist. Comprised of soft strumming, understated piano keys, and soaring strings section, “Oceans” does have a heavier message, but it’s still quite nice for the environment.
Made up from members Jack Sedman and Harry Draper, these two have artfully crafted a sound that’s truly encapsulating. They just showcased that sound at a few gigs at Sundance this last weekend. After seeing that, we were eagerly hoping for a SXSW appearance. Unfortunately, they’ll be in the UK at that time. Maybe next year?