Released just today, the stunning Marlae invites us to run away with her. A song about getting out of where-ever we are and finding somewhere new, this synth-pop groover takes a rich yet minimal approach to song-writing. The Dublin-based singer, known for her contralto voice, finds a comfy home within electronic beats and lush synthesiser. The song has a fantastic video made by the gifted Paul Dodd, who discovered Marlae and decided to reach out from his home in Australia. Recorded and mixed in Marlae's Templeogue home then mastered by Ben Rawlins, we as listeners are taken on a journey away from what-ever is troubling us.
Sultry chimes paddle at the air with melodious scales and the voice of Marlae rises from the flow. Sweet and sensual vocals sweep like aromatic spring breezes across an expanse of poise. Moody chords vibrate and compose themselves in comfortable jibs that catch the moving air in embraces. Subtle notes filter out in between a pounding bassline which beats like a heart close to another's chest. A sensation of the 1980s grows from the choice of synthesiser, soulful and rounded notes bob like ducks on a choppy lake. As an emotional presence manifests in clarity through the words, a new layer of piano begins to strike a barrage of complimentary chords to the uplifting currents of energy, led by the effortless yet crowd-shuddering voice.
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This third single from the upcoming PureGrand EP, due out at the end of the year, takes a leaf from the work of 90s boy bands. With lyrics about dating in the modern world that explore how the rules have changed, this dance-pop ballad begins an important conversation. It's been years since I went on a date and with all this commotion about harassment and objectification I am not sure how to get one these days. If admiring a woman and making it known is offensive and frightening to them, how do you try to get together? I guess the time has come for women to do the asking.
This track is looking at the problem from fresh young eyes and with a fanfare of media behind it. PureGrand has been featured Nialler9's Best New Acts 2020 and on Hot Press's Hot for 2021. What began in his bedroom as a do-it-yourself music and self-promotion adventure, the photographer and visual artist put music into the equation. Since then, PureGrand has played at many top venues around Dublin and beyond. With a passion to bring real pop music back to the top, and a video that turns him into an idol, the song is eagerly awaited by the youth of the day.
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With all revenue supporting mental health charities, Lemonade Marinade release Paradise Bay. Featuring the beautiful voice of Gillian Tuite, the song is taking the band further into the realms of stardom. The singer has already collaborated with Eurovision winner Charlie McGettigan and the US star Gary Ferguson. Written by David Dee Moore and mixed at the famous Production Suite in Dublin, a great song with a great band is hitting the airwaves now.
It starts with orchestration and acoustic guitar. Swaying tempo meets melodic composition as the verse opens the first line. Intimate vocals delicately sprinkle beautiful words in a harmonious tune. The harmony changes briefly, adding an alluring distance between the notes. As the music progresses, dual vocals harmonise with each other across echoing lines. A seaside atmosphere washes across the soundscape as tidal rhythms break with bluesy yet uplifting flurries of musical exploration. With folk infusions and a west-coast direction, the song is like sunshine and warm blue water.
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The airwaves are just not the same when Hook are not playing so it's exciting to listen to their first release of 2021. Best Days is a song about youth, university, and what many say are the best days of our life. The song looks at this cliché and uncovers feelings of angst, loneliness, and exclusion. Unless you're particularly confident, making friends is difficult and there's no-one keen to make the effort with you. Singer-songwriter Eoin worked with drummer Morgan to craft this piece, both of whom hope that those days were not the best they'll have. The 80s new-wave alt-rock sound the band have fashioned and become known for is the perfect backdrop to this kind of composition.
With a smash of distorted guitar, the music begins. Plucked chord shapes create a verse melody that progresses as the vocals enter. Drums scamper on the upbeat tempo as hats and kick meet snare in an easy-going rhythm. The music swells into an electric garden of notes and harmony as the chorus takes us into the sense of better things to come. A key tightness between instruments brings out true resonances that glow with expertly manicured fizz. A sing-a-long element makes it easy to follow and keep up with the repeating words while head-bopping tones keep the energy rising like smoke.
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Friends Without Benefits
We are bringing you one of Nashville's greatest young lights today. Chloe Collins has been singing before she could run and soon after began to learn the guitar. Now she's a top-league talent who has had music featured on TV more than once. Described as a poetic country songwriter with elements of early Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, Chloe Collins has a growing list of tracks that fulfil expectations. Now, as we meet Spring 21, Chloe brings us Friends Without Benefits.
A whirl of tone bursts into the room as a guitar and drum strike the tempo. Chloe Collins begins singing straight away, a slush of music washes down to bring out sleek chords and wailing guitar that dances with her voice. Catchy lines repeat a chorus line asking us if friends without benefits is any fun? It sounds like the beginning of a love story, where two friends decide there's room for passion. We get to hear Chloe describe attraction and desire, it's easy to love and has an upbeat and memorable composition.
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Taken from his latest 918 EP, Right Now is the latest single for the prolific musician Calvin Loron. Brought up on a steady diet of soul including the likes of Jackson 5, James Brown, and The Temptations, Calvin Loron had a hefty pair of shoes to fill. It seems that he does just that, as at the age of sixteen he released his first single. Since then he's been on the TV at least three times and has acquired a place in the hearts of fans far beyond his local Oklahoma reach.
The music begins with a rush of brass and drum. Saxophone and rhythm hits a catchy bass as Calvin Loron begins to sing. Repeating words and choral echoes push the phonics into groovy sensations. A real disco feel drives this song, smooth rhythms with stylish fills keep the energy in motion as funky composition circles and flutters around the flow of lyrics.
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A Little Bit Perfect (Feat. Felix Wong)
Norfolk is lucky to be the home of the talented Selina Hawker. When she began performing to local audiences before Covid-19, things quickly got serious. Her definitive sound and stand-out ability have given her the platform she needs to get her songwriting skills heard and admired. Being a teacher by trade, Selina Hawker knows how to entertain a crowd and keep people's attention. She also funds and develops a school for orphans in Uganda which is amazing and shows she has a fantastic spirit. What's not to love? This is A Little Bit Perfect.
A guitar and drum opens the music with a laid-back sound. Selina Hawker begins to sing, her voice is wholesome and rounded to a package that drifts in an RnB style flux across progressive composition. The drums build and reverberate with a swell of warm compression and the words open out into a chorus. A truly catchy melody resonates across chords and drums that reverberate and hum with electronic glamour. As the song moves from verse to verse, self-similarity mixes with fresh perspectives on the rhythm.
You can listen to Selina Hawker on Soundcloud
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Out now, this new track from Tristan O'donovan has been selected for RTE2FM Track of the Week by none other than Jenny Greene. She's a hot radio personality in Ireland. Tristan O'donovan has also enjoyed a feature in Cork Beo Magazine, a local culture literary journal. Tristan's family are undoubtedly musical, with a well-known Dad and a dance teacher Mum, the ability of this young man to write a good tune is clearly enhanced. Just like your author, Tristan left school at 18 and began on a music career. He's been a lot more successful a lot more quickly than yours truly however, which is great! This first release for the rising talent is astounding, and a proof of much more ability ready to be put into sound.
The music begins with a vocal holler and some funky reggae chords. Tristain O'donovan saunters through the video while carrying a characterful guitar. Smooth beats and uplifting chords radiate with summery glitz as the song takes us to a place of comfort and red wine. Sections of voice merge with verse and chorus as the persistent rhythm strikes a balanced slow march through feeling and evocative imagery. A middle 8 bursts through with a bluesy melody which bounces back into chorus words and then continues the story. A torrent of clever lyrics and rhyming verses coalesce with catchy easy going composition.
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Strip n Roll
We Don't Need To
From Keep It Real
Formed in London when drummer Karl and vocalist Tom met up for a quick session, the rest of the band fell into place quickly after. The band have gone on to release several acclaimed titles and have reached fans from further and further afield. The reviews have been raving and the radio's been repeating, let's see the 60s and 70s reborn in this alternative rock outfit.
It begins on a smash of cymbal and roar of guitars. The chord progression chugs along and reverberated organ wobbles in harmonious fringes. The vocal begins, a smooth distortion warms the sound, lyrics sing about society trying to make decisions for us. We don't need to do that. It can feel like our perspective is the only right one, but we have experienced a unique story and have gained insight in unique proportions. How can we accurately weigh things up in other peoples' lives? This catchy, Hawkwind like, and brilliantly produced track poses these philosophical conjectures.
You can find music by Strip n Roll on Bandcamp
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Mon Petit Jardin
Dublin based indie-folk musician and poet Christian Wethered has been rising fast on the local scene and beyond. He's issued fantastic performances at plenty of reputable nights out including The Ruby Sessions, Electric Picnic, and First Fortnight. Christian Wethered's sound is synonymous with subtle personality and meaningful lyrics. We know he has a reputation for evocative songwriting so this latest number is awaited eagerly.
The music breaks open like a morning sunrise, twinkling notes pluck a range of harmonising tones. A smooth drum cracks like warming ice. Then, a voice breezes in with dried leaves and cobwebs shaking as it moves. Melodic vocals form ghostly lines of sung poetry, a gothic feel seeps through the brickwork. The English turns to French, and the song continues with an addition of slender violin. Ambient drones hang in the passages of time as room sounds fill the spaces between. Progressive lines bring forth a summoned energy of passion and emotion as the notes rise in tune to the backing orchestration.
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Look out for the single when it gets released on the 15th of March.
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