Let's Do It Again
Alternative Fruit is over the moon to be asked to comment once more on the direct descendent of retro music star Bobby Womack. Nephew Binky has made a name for himself already, regardless of his super-star family tree. Having played guitar for icons such as Chaka Khan and Bonnie Rait, produced records by Snoop Dogg and TUPAC, Binky Womack is now taking centre stage with his own sound.
With funky chords on a clean guitar and a neat passage of bass drum, the music opens. Synths add a harmonising layer in a wash of luminous flow. Let's do it again opens on female vocals with a foundation of male voice lower in the mix. Lush blues and rhythm spill out in doses of percussive poetry. Amazing fills on the guitar add a dynamic element which sloshes and ripples in the vibrating bass. Male vocals take briefly over, and duo with the lady to create a multi-directional tone. A sunny, laid-back, and easy going tune pours in graceful and generous bars.
We're treated to another gem from the hit-music cauldron Omnivi3e. Clara Hurtado now lives in England, she brings with her a Spanish heritage and style to spice up our normality. Since appearing on The Voice and receiving coaching from Will.i.am, Clara Hurtado has been gifted with a team of show-business professionals who recognise her unique abilities. Produced by Andy Whitmore, this record sits alongside singles by Peter Andre and Atomic Kitten.
The music begins with a percussive melody. Bells and drums combine to make an uplifting sway into the first verse. Clara Hurtado begins to sing. Her voice climbs up into the framework of the song and begins gymnastic routines. Hook-lined vocal passages lead through progressive rhythms and dancing sensations. An easily recognisable selection of instruments gives the music an edge that compliments Clara's voice exquisitely.
Mental-health awareness advocate and award-winning singing talent Anthony Rubery releases his brand new EP. Antisocial is a collection of five amazingly written and recorded tracks that showcase the vocalist's talent and range. Writing his own songs, Anthony Rubery takes inspiration from stars like Ed Sheeran as well as hip-hop production vibes he's picked up along the way. The new single is taken from the record. Overdue is perhaps a word many of us can feel and relate to. Let's see what this song is all about.
A strummed steel-string acoustic portrays a thoughtful groove as Anthony's voice flies out of crevices in the tone. An evocative and melancholy voice saunters along the chords as dreamy emotions fall like globules of rain. Strings find a niche within the composition, they boost the minor key with a touch of cinematica. Slow progression with upbeat elements with the lyrics lend us a song that feels like a love song to circumstance. It culminates with a burst of sunny electric guitar that swings in with a hammer-blow of sound. The chorus repeats and we are lifted into the spirit of the song even further.
The Plastic Pals
Swedish Douglas Adams fans The Plastic Pals celebrate their fifteenth anniversary as a band. What better way to mark the occasion than to release yet more amazing music. This new single is taken from their forthcoming EP. This Spring release will no-doubt provide us all with some much needed respite and entertainment as many of us undergo national quarantine.
The music starts with grungy guitars and massive beats that thunder in a rock n roll groove. Vocals come almost immediately, fun and choppy licks mirror the lines in fresh and upbeat phrases. Blues and heavy rock combine with a dusty production that lends a sense of warmth. Light doses of compression line each instrument to place them perfectly together in the room. Punchy, quick, and memorable, Plastic Pal is one to put on the happy-day playlist.
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Glow Beets X Aimee Broom
Love Me Hate Me
Aimee Broom has been working closely with Safo Music Group who are giving her phenomenal voice the platform it deserves. Walking in the footsteps of stars such as Sam Smith, Pixie Lott, Cynthia Errivo, and Scarlett Lee, Aimee Broom and her super-star producer Glow Beets present this fantastic single.
The music opens with chiming keyboards and fun, uplifting vocal expressions. Aimee Broom sings, her words spill in tuneful bursts and with a party sensation. The lyrics are easy to understand and listen to, the fun and melodic delivery lifts the spirits, and expert harmonies build a progressive spirit through-out the number. Up-beat major scale keyboards with hook-lined fills decorate this stunning and memorable track.
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Azadeh & Index Dex
It's a privilege to be asked to write about this brilliant act from Omnivi3e. The first half of which is Azadeh, she's toured with Jools Holland, Grammy Award winner Robert Cray, and Spice Girl Melanie C. Index Dex is best known for his session work with several celebrity acts, he's also performed on his own at Notting Hill Festival, a grass-roots entertainment party in London. This duo of luminary talents bring us Ricochet.
A double edged vocal opens the track with bursts of sustained tone. A rhythm builds in plucked notes that evolves into a ska beat. Up-strokes on the off-beat give a buoyancy and uplifting vibe. Happy drums bounce and lyrics rhyme in neat lines. The song is about saying things that might be true in one context yet in another could do damage. Friendly fire or a well-planned ricochet, the contents of our ugly heart can be revealed even when we think we're in the right.
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Since a small child, with influences including Stevie Nicks, Dusty Springfield, and Etta James, Kerry Goodhind has been singing and creating her own songs. Now she's grown up, and has experience including festival and television appearances, it's time the radio began playing her music. That's exactly what's happening, her new single The Dawn is being played around the world. Already described as a beautiful and captivating number, it's with pleasure that Alternative Fruit is asked to offer a few words.
It starts with a deep, sultry bass tone with a vocal glistening over the edges. Delicate and charming melody builds over the first couple of lines before a surge of percussion raises the music up. Extra energy is thrown into the song as the music swells and lyrics climb in pressure. Operatic quality within the projection pushes the music forward in distilled shots of tempered emotion. Strings and rhythm mix with distant piano to allow Kerry Goodhind to strut her beautiful voice like the powerful instrument it is.
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Close Your Eyes And Think Of Nothing
TBR: 20th March
Glastonbury, Bearded Theory, and Cornbury festivals have all seen Pavey Ark perform since their conception in 2016. This includes supporting headliners such as Badly Drawn Boy, Rozi Plain, and Steve Mason on tour. Headed by established song-writer Neil Thomas, Pavey Ark are now set to release their long-awaited album, Close Your Eyes And Think Of Nothing. It's a personal reflection of Neil's personal story in many ways, including thoughts about first-time fatherhood, letting go of the necessity to work, and future hopes, the work encapsulates the mental geography of many through the lens of one.
The album opens with a pretty guitar melody, picked from various interesting chords. Vocals begin, melody merges in wafts of string, guitar, and possibly harmonica. The drums patter in like the feet of children entering a room filled with balloons. Cymbals build up after a couple of bars while the vocal progresses in scale to bring out a sunnier side to the clouds. Wallflowers gently addresses meaningful feelings that swell and blossom inside. As it evolves, distortion is added to the guitar and the drums include a subtle pressure. This settles to allow the string section to burst into rays of light.
An upbeat guitar riff strums a rock beat across snappy quick drums. Lines of rhythmic poetry project in bursts of vocal that frame the tempo. Brass instruments flow like rivers glowing in sunset reflections while strings soar above as wading birds looking for silts to probe. Soft vocals gleam in neat and catchy formations. The music moves swiftly at first then slows with vocal harmonisations and a steady pause in the guitar. Blues notes frolic and swerve across the gradients of melody as Neil's voice beckons us closer. A guitar solo breaks free, showering us in confetti like emotions.
The title track, Close Your Eyes And Think Of Nothing begins with glissando guitar, along with waves of shimmering cymbal. Picked notes shine through as the oceanic percussion continues and builds with subtle additions. Vocal and strings enter, the harmony between the two adds a layer of icing, swirling and modelled to uniquely compliment the composition beneath. Pretty melody and progressive song-writing gives us a relaxing sit-through journey into a soft yet slightly punchy whist. As the song begins to fade, the violin section opens up, flowing with beautiful and emotive patterns.
Next, the guitar picks a melody like stepping stones across a rocky stream. The violins add their warmth in lines of drawn out minor key as Neil opens up and sings his heart out. His emberline voice radiates with heated glow as mild breaths push the energy around in abstract motions. As the track moves, the chords distil and bubble down which gives a position for trumpet to enter and blast a slow-moving and evocative milk through the dusty air. Leaf by Leaf is a smooth walk through sunny park avenues.
It's followed by Two Blue Lines. A guitar melody that reminds me of The Rolling Stones flows out as the vocals begin. Intricate melody and heart-felt projection gives the music an ever-growing human quality. Notes trill and slide behind the face of the song, violins enter as the voice changes to oohs and ahhs that snugly shuffle between the beats. It works as a kind of chorus that breaks up the melodic verse lines. Dreamy and warm guitar shines with the astral voice, cosmic inflections spin us in ecliptic orbits of high albedo.
Picked notes begin the next track as a quick drum flushes out a lead blues melody. The higher energy and gear of this offering brings us out of the sensation of chill left over from before. We're still relaxing, only it's got distortion. Warm and buzzy notes dance like butterflies in forest glades as a chuggy drumbeat merges with chords and melodic progress. Hidden Hills takes us to a place where we can stare in wonder at the stories to be told and lessons learned from places seldom seen. The song gives us a sense of rock n roll as the music opens into a room of palm-muted blues and major-scale rhythmically played in at a galloping pace.
Lost In Blue begins. Elegant melody opens on the guitar. Strings add bass notes that rumble against the harmony. These rise to become high notes which dance and billow in the up-draught of guitar. Drums add expertly positioned handholds in rationed elements that instil quality rather than quantity. Twin strings dance together like courting dragonflies as the vocal insists with feeling and sensitivity. The track ends with an upward burst of energy that slightly distorts and warms the music behind the poetic lines.
An interesting echo effect pushes palm muted acoustic chords into a percussive pattern to begin the next track. This becomes the basis for chords and strings to helix on bandstands of sound. The group coalesce in genuine togetherness as the music moves as one, led by the voice which leads like a confident starling. She's Already Flown has a buoyant edge, floaty and light-weight composition gives a lift to low-gravity vocals which twist and bob in the comparative density.
Melodic and tuneful notes on guitar match sleek drifts of violin for the opening of the next number. Vocals with a subtle compression skate over the crests and peaks, an introspective energy calls us inward. Lines about making it out of the prison resonate with cooling and foundational harmonies and wrapped notes. Breaking Out is a song written from a place where we put ourselves first, and embrace the individual that we are. It's an adventure of dream and hope, one that perhaps never can be reached. Dogs die and people do thoughtless things, after-all.
Jenny Let Go has an upbeat jig about it, as high chords strum joyous phrases in a neat and dancing beat. It's a song that lifts us up and reminds us that there is fun to be had. Unison melody on the guitar and what could be a banjo craft a swerving groove through happy drums and spirally vocals. It's a quick, snappy number that takes the penultimate place well.
The mood is toned down for a melancholy tune as the last song finds its way to us. Vocals made of a stream of quickly sung words flow like melted treacle through tunnels of guitar. The flow builds and slows as each verse and chorus makes its appearance. Consider Your Hand grows with drums and progressive chords to soar upward and culminate in a beat driven yet imagination led thinking song.
This tender album will sit well with fans of The Doves and Elbow. A manicured British emotion fuels the heart of this well-written and calming collection of songs.
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Dates confirmed so far:
Tues 31st Mar - Greystones, Sheffield
Mon 13th Apr - Oporto, Leeds
Fri 17 Apr - Green Note, London
Sat 25th Apr - Hull, Middleton Hall (album launch)
Fri 28th May - Acoustic Festival of GB, Uttoxeter
Sat 20th Jun - C-Fab Folk and Blues Festival, Lincolnshire
Fri 24th July - Deershed Festival, North Yorkshire
Fri 14th Aug - Boomtown Fair, Hampshire
Sat 5th Sept - Moseley Folk Festival, Birmingham
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Silver And Gold
Lilith Bee has been making amazing music since before she was a teenager. From humble beginnings in junior singing contents to international radio-play, Lilith Bee has shown the world that she is more than capable of captivating audiences from all nations. She's now a world-class musician with her name appearing in songwriting competition finals at home and abroad. Lilith Bee is one to watch, alright. But more importantly, one to listen to.
It begins with a strike on the guitar and sensual drums that pound deep with resonant bass. Voice wails in a sombre melody that compliments the tempo. Then, Lilith Bee begins the verse. Her voice is like warm syrupy goo, it drifts and slides along the framework of the song in delicious phrases. Her emotive inflections build character through the art of story-telling. A lightness to the sound sits atop cavernous depth and meaning. Expert melody building and build-up of musical intensity gives rise to a progressive and exciting track.
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Today's artist comes all the way from Myanmar and now lives in North London. It's in the UK where she's making a name for herself in music. With influences ranging from Jessie J to Adele, her vocal quality has become an evocative and memorable talent. This new single is pushing Phe Phe further with radio play, press, and buzz all over the place.
The song begins with an interesting percussion line that's joined by piano in minor key. Phe Phe begins the song and her voice hits us as a beautiful and poetic instrument. The song builds with rhythm, the vocal-line grows and changes with the evolving melody. Notes switch to a bouncy major scale as the tempo progresses, and catchy beats radiate between the lines. An RnB funky sound melts over the room as Butterflies plays out.
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