from freddie mercury to debut single. queen fan? if so, you must check out seth Daniels' new single 'these are the times' released on 3 July 2020
SETH DANIELS is used to the big stage after performing as Freddie Mercury as part of International Touring Queen Tribute Show “Majesty”, but now finds himself without a job. The effects of COVID-19 left a devastating impact on the careers of musicians around the world. Overnight Seth went from one of the biggest touring artists in the UK to suddenly struggling to pay the bills.
“One day we were performing at The O2 Southampton, the next it was all gone. I sat there for weeks thinking, that’s it – it’s over!” Says Seth Daniels following the UK lock-down.
Now Seth is getting ready to release his first single – THESE ARE THE TIMES - which is a state of the nation piece, commenting on the tensions that are prevalent in society today. It will be available on all major streaming platforms from Friday 3rd July including Apple Music, Amazon Music and Spotify.
“Freddie Mercury always stood up for what he believed in, which inspires me to stand up for what I believe in. I wrote this song to give voice to how I am feeling about the pressures the world faces.”
Independent artists are using the worldwide lock-down to be creative and release new music, but the internet is lighting up with excitement over Seth’s new debut single due to having a social following of over 70k.
RELEASE DATE: 3 July 2020
"Soul music from out of space" (Mick Fleetwood)
"Brooding, dark and languished, Just the way we like it!" (BBC Introducing South)
“The most exciting and intriguing new release in years” (Right Chord Music)
Porcelain are an anonymous musical collective created as a counterpoint to society's obsession with celebrity culture. Faceless mannequins and androgynous dolls, symbolise our wish not to be defined by labels.
Just 7 weeks ago, Porcelain announced themselves to the world via social media. The message read i. This is the beginning. Since then, individually numbered communications and video teasers have reached half a million people. All this before a song was released.
Last Friday, (12th June) all that changed with ‘Last Word,’ Porcelain’s first full length track, it arrived via a painstakingly handcrafted, stop motion video which premiered on Facebook and YouTube.
‘Last Word’ is about the entanglement of two people. A conflict between the finality of the end and the impact of a past that binds them together. It hails a salute to 'everything' that once was, beauty, pain, creation and destruction fading out to nothing but the last word. ‘Last Word’ signals Porcelain’s arrival.
‘Last Word’ will feature on the first of three Porcelain EPs. The EPs form part of an intriguing connected story, which will be slowly revealed across Porcelain’s website and social media. The release date for the first EP will be announced shortly along with details of a Spotify pre-save campaign.
Despite their infancy, Porcelain have already attracted the attention of Fleetwood Mac legend Mick Fleetwood, who described their music as “Truly amazing! “It’s like soul music from out of space, brought to the listener to teach them to release close held emotions.” Mick Fleetwood has personally chosen Porcelain to support him, for a new music project ‘I Just Called’ sponsored by Bose in support of Nordoff Robbins music therapy.
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Luke Burgess is set to release his latest single “Back & Forth” on all major platforms on 26 June 2020.
In the midst of all this darkness and negativity in the world at present “Back & Forth” is set to ignite the feeling of Summer, Positivity and togetherness. Pulling inspiration from Garage culture, pop melodies and modern songwriting, Back & Forth is the inclusive pop song that people need.
“This is a song about a love that you keep going back to, realising it’s not good for you and then repeating the process later down the line. Whether that person has substance dependence, the tendency to lie or manipulate truth or just not in the right headspace in order to be happy on their own before trying to be in a relationship. The ability to say sorry over and over again and not really mean it played a big part in the idea for the song. I feel like there are many people that do this, and although it’s obvious to see and we know we’re going to be in exactly the same position, we can’t seem to walk away from it.
The chorus explains that no matter how much that someone thinks they have fallen, that when they stand up they are still as beautiful to me as before. It’s an eternal struggle between the connection and passion that you feel when you’re together, but also how to make it work between two opposing forces.”
CREATING BACK AND FORTH
The story behind the creation of the track has a very interesting story indeed. Back in winter 2018 Luke met producer Jamie Smith for a demo session to work out tracks for an EP. Back and Forth was the first track that they settled on producing and started straight away.
To say the creation process was seamless would be an understatement. Within a few hours the foundations of the song were created and locked in, a few mix sessions later and a base mix was finished. Back and forth from that day was never planned for release, it was an experiment for Luke and Jamie to find a vibe to work towards.
In the winter of 2019 it would seem as this single would never be released when Jamie’s laptop and back up hard drives were stolen whilst on tour. Back and forth and many other creations were no more. 6 months later in the heat of the Covid-19 Lockdown an email was found in a sent box with the only surviving copy of Back & Forth!
It seemed only right to give this song the release it deserved after hiding all this time!
SAVE THE DATE - RELEASE of 'Back And Forth' on 26 June 2020!!
pop-funk meets chill-out. rowlette releases 2 live tracks 'runaway' and 'nostalgic' with shane steven
Rowlette releases “Live from Coffee Hill” collab with Shane Steven.
Following the success of her track “Letters”, Rowlette is releasing two live tracks “Runaway” and “Nostalgic” with Shane Steven.
“Nostalgic” despite its name, is all about being present and living in the moment. “We wrote this at a time when my life was all over the place. I was in between houses, in a job I didn’t like and facing these decisions I didn’t want to make,” explains Rowlette. “I was walking home one evening on a dull, windy day, and got this overwhelming sense of calmness. It kind of reminded me, if you take things moment by moment, they’re not so bad. Worrying about the future is as futile as longing for the past”
The second track “Runaway” also reflects the same period in Rowlette’s life. “This was the day-dreaming, non-present side of me!” she laughs. “I was in this job that was considered great and sensible, but I really didn’t enjoy it. I felt like I should stay there, but I knew I’d be miserable...this was my way of working up the courage to leave I guess!”
Shane and Rowlette studied in BIMM (contemporary music college) together and have stayed good friends. “Shane comes out with these beautiful guitar riffs like it’s nobody’s business, he’s insanely talented”. “We were chilling in his garage out the back and he started playing. The songs just kind of came out of us".
The tracks are performed in Coffee Hill studios. “Nostalgic” is an upbeat, pop-funk fusion. Shane delivers playful harmonies and dotted rhythm throughout and Rowlette lends her expressive vocals, with the two intertwining dynamically.
“Runaway” is an easy listening, chilled out track, with the guitar and whistling reflecting the day-dreaming elements of the song. Interestingly, despite their titles, the sense of urgency sits with “Nostalgic” as opposed to “Runaway”, creating a tension between the two.
Speaking on why they are releasing the tracks now, the pair say they want to bring a sense of “the live” back to their music. “While we don’t get to play together often, we both adore the art of playing live” explains Shane, “and really miss it. Sharing this is the closest thing we can get to it for a while, so we thought why not!”
As well as that, they’ve both been adopting the principles of “Nostalgic”. “These days everything is so uncertain, the past feels more alien than ever, and no one knows what the future looks like. The best coping mechanism I’ve found is to take everything day by day and hour by hour, and trying to enjoy the little things as much as possible.”
Shane Steven is a composer, performer, and teacher of music. His influences are an eclectic mix of many genres of music. Currently, he is an active session musician working with producers in advertisement and short films.
His credible history in songwriting has led him to work and co-write with many well-established artists such as Rowlette.
Rowlette is well known to the Irish live scene, with a packed out Headliner in Crowbar last year and performances in the likes of The Workman’s and The Wiley Fox. Rowlette has just finished supporting Jack L on several dates all around Ireland, including Cork Opera House and the Pavillion.
After a packed year of festivals, 22 year-old Gold Coast artist Erin Foster, known as Karamilk, returns with her new single, "Swimming Pool", a welcomed uplifting gesture of hope that is "like hoping to hold hands on a first date."
The sparkly pop tune features Sydney's Sam Parker, marking Karamilk's first duet and is proudly her own production and musicianship, serving up the first taste of what Erin explains as the "real Karamilk." With many successes under her belt so far, including plays on Australians triple j's Home and Hosed and Unearthed, it's hard to believe that Karamilk has been releasing music for less than a year.
Drawing influences from the likes of Dido, Erin explains that she loves the simplicity of music as a foundation, taking away the competitive nature of releasing and focusing solely on the art itself. It's hard to believe that this floaty pop song was a song that Erin struggled with for years before deciding to release it.
"To be honest, this is a tortured track. I've had a love/hate relationship with this song for years. I originally built a demo called "Close Enough" back in 2015 and struggled through more than five different versions with various different producers. Recently the track was picked up by a major label and I found myself back in the studio in Brisbane recording yet another version. I came away realising that I was not being true to myself or true to my sounds. Against the advice of so called industry experts, I re-wrote the entire track in a single session at home. A change of key. New instrumentation. A new title. 100% my production and musicianship," tells Erin.
Under an artist exchange and sticking to a zero budget ethos, Karamilk worked with PuffyPuffPuff, collaborating with The Monster Project in London, UK for the artwork of "Swimming Pool" showing true support for creatives alike in times where we need to band together more than ever before.
With another single and an EP in the works for this year, you can expect to hear a lot more of Karamilk in 2020.
After her last single "High Waist to Hell" made it into the Top 30 of the HypeMachine Charts and into the Top 5 on SubmitHub, the 21-year-old ex-Metal singer Cloudy June is now back with her new release "Psycho".
For 3 years Cloudy was on her way as the singer of a death metal band. Now the 21-year-old is going solo and proves with her new single "Psycho" that she surprisingly has left little of her past behind. "After a listen it is clear that Cloudy June is a force to be reckoned with" writes BuzzMusic in April about the young independent artist.
With "Psycho“ Cloudy June once again delivers an exciting fusion of rock and pop, which you won’t be able to get out of your head for the next couple of days. Spotify, too, has already taken notice of the half-Cuban artist and secured her a place in the coveted Fresh Finds: Pop Playlist with "High Waist to Hell".
Titled "one of Berlin's promising emerging songwriters" in 2018, the young self-made independent musician now counts over 50,000 streams on Spotify and has been played over 20,000 times on SoundCloud. Her first demos, which she released at the tender age of 14, were only meant for her friends at first. Even at that time people became aware of her unusually rough and mature sounding voice, which is her distinctive feature to this day.
From metal pubs and renowned punk clubs, like the SO36, to the big hall of the Elbphilharmonie - the singer, who was praised by radio stations as a "hopeful young voice", has already played herself into the hearts of an ever growing fan community.
LA on Lock: "Something about Cloudy June simply hit differently."
Lefuturewave: "Cloudy June is one of a kind, her music has something no one else has"
Reignland Magazine: "As a solo artist, she is going to change the industry, so be ready."
Definitely one of the female "artists to watch 2020"
Every summer needs a soundtrack and although this summer may sadly involve less festivals, BBQs and parties, Stables are adamant it will go down as a classic.
After the success of their album, 'Reverie', the duo released their single ‘Summer (and a sunny side of you)’ on Friday 12th June. It is the 3rd single from their up and coming new album 'Silhouettes' due for release on 9th October 2020.
Summer was written by Matthew Lowe, inspired by warm nostalgic days by the river with friends, drinking and floating through adolescence, it’s a chilled anthem for every age to enjoy with a piña colada under the sun.
The indie-folk duo was formed by Matthew Lowe (Keston Cobblers Club) and Daniel Trenholme in January 2016, releasing their debut album just four months after going public in August 2016, completing their first UK headline tour the same year and gaining a strong industry and fan following, including the championing of BBC DJ Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson and featuring on BBC Radio 6's Music Recommends programme as well as many others.
Since 2017, Stables furthered their reach, playing numerous festivals including Glastonbury and completing 6 headline European tours in 2 years. Covid-19 however slightly hampered their Spring European tour this year, but the duo are set to announce a 2 month European tour in October/November at the end of the year to tour the new album. With an album launch concert at the iconic Lexington, London on the 11th October.
As well as making music, the duo hit the headlines in April upon launching their own Coffee brand Stables Coffee Co. A roasting venture designed to work alongside their music and fill the obvious hole that CDs once filled. ’’Summer and a sunny side of you is all of my summers together, with cold beer and good friends, lovers and crushes, floating down a stream or dancing at a festival. I hope people will feel the sun on their face when they listen to this track’’ says Matthew.
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jaspers daughter announce new album 'feel it' about the darker, negative side of relationships, love and attraction
After releasing 3 recent singles throughout 2019 and 2020, Jaspers Daughter announce their 2nd album, ‘Feel it’. A follow up to their first album, 2018 release ‘The Woman in me’ which speaks of the positivity of life and love, Feel it looks at the dark, negative side of relationships, life and love.
Composed of 9 tracks written by Welsh songbird Tracy Owen and Mick Tannahill. Instrumentation, engineering and production by Mick Tannahill, and recorded at Hippy Rock Studios during the first half of 2020.
Track 1. Control Me
A big industrial sound and a story of gaslighting.
Track 2. I Should Know Better
A chanting anthem. She’s been betrayed and knows the perpetrator.
Track 3. Feel it
The title track talks of a pending break up. They both wonder if they actually feel the same.
Track 4. Never Should’ve Gone to L.A
She’s left her small home town and headed for L.A. looking for fame and fortune. It didn’t work out.
Track 5. It Ain’t Great
A story penned from a friends real life experience on the misuse of drugs and alcohol.
Track 6. Cut Man
Using boxing’s cut man profession as a metaphor for fixing her up again after every knock down and relationship break up.
Track 7. Chicka Waka Baba
A take on meeting a prospective partner in a 70’s disco environment and due to nerves, neither having the courage or confidence to speak in a cohesive manner. A interesting musical take on going from Rock to Disco in the same song.
Track 8. Fate Don’t Fail me Now (Pt 2)
A follow up to Pt 1 featured on the 2018 ‘Hey There Sister’ EP. A dark song about a woman destined to pick all the wrong men and her ‘split’ ends up with devastating consequences.
Tracy 9. Gonna be a change
Determined to leave all this negativity behind, Gonna be a change is an A Cappella composition about looking forward, seeing the good things you have within, and acting on it to bring a change about yourself for the good.
With musical influences that are wide and varied, Jaspers Daughter bring the unique powerful vocals of Tracy Owen and driving guitar of Mick Tannahill. Jaspers Daughter are the New Century Bohemian messengers of Blues Rock. "Our eclectic music is guitar based songs with top line catchy hooks. We’re always striving for quirky and different. Something that stands out!"
Following the critical success of ‘Stones’, Dublin singer-songwriter Luke Clerkin released his new single on 5th June. ‘Nocturnal’ will be the second release from Luke’s upcoming project ‘What Little Time We Have’, with this release seeing him tread into a more full-band sound.
The songs on ‘What Little Time We Have’ were produced by previous collaborator Gavin Doyle, as well as Jack Keenan, at Cabin Space Studios in Dublin. They were mastered by the internationally renowned, Pete Maher (Jack White, Damien Rice, U2), in London.
Talking about the release, Luke said, ‘’Like most of the songs from ‘What Little Time We Have’, ‘Nocturnal’ is quite a personal song. It’s about me reflecting on a past relationship, from the first night of meeting the person – the nerves and anxiety that can occur – to it becoming something that turned into an ‘almost love’.
“Then it moves on to looking back on the relationship a few months after it ending, and wondering if it should have finished when it did. The lyric ‘Is it my blame, things always end the same’, is me questioning this, and also looking back on other relationships in comparison.”
Luke Clerkin has been playing and releasing music for the last five years, gaining international airplay and support, whilst also topping the Irish Singer Songwriter Charts on multiple occasions.
He is also known for playing over 250 gigs in 2015 as a way of honing his craft. Since then he has headlined famous Dublin venues such as Whelan’s, The Workman’s Club, and The Button Factory. His music has brought him all over the world, with multiple tours of Germany, as well as festival slots in America, The UK, and Ireland.
yard arms release gloriously melancholic EP 'sanctuary lines' alongside accidental isolation anthem 'these four walls'
Quick off the back of their latest successful single release ‘Mantra’, Yard Arms are back again with their third, gloriously melancholic EP ‘Sanctuary Lines’, due for release June 26th; by far the Bristol-based melancholic pop duo’s most polished and defined group of tracks since they formed in 2018, bursting with alt-indie hits set to soundtrack your summer.
This record is described by frontman and lyricist Noah Villeneuve as “an exploration of combating nostalgia in the modern age”. Throughout the EP’s four songs are prevalent themes of reflection, existentialism, self acceptance, questions of mortality, human flaws and the future. Recorded, mixed and mastered with Josh Gallop (Phoxjaw) at Stage 2 Studios in Bath, it is clear that the development in songwriting is mirrored in the production on this EP.
Across the span of the listen you are taken on a musical journey ranging from syncopated danceability of mid 80’s pop to punch the air, pound your chest emo anthems, all the way through to heights of euphoric post rock landscapes. The EP’s reverb laden pop atmosphere, coupled with Villeneuve’s lyrical emotional depth and heart on sleeve honesty provides a beautifully dark yet romantic world that Yard Arms love to be housed in.
Ahead of the EP release, the second single ‘These Four Walls’, the isolation anthem they never knew they had written, will be released on June 5th.
What began as a solo coastal writing trip in 2019 for lyricist and frontman Villeneuve, has now transformed into a fist pumping indie instant classic that perfectly narrates the lockdown life we’ve been living in since March. Initially the song was an avidly honest commentary of longing for the ‘honeymoon periods’ in life and dealing with our internal voices that keep us thinking the grass is always greener. The timely lyrical themes began to take on a whole new meaning as the world around us began to shut its doors due to the coronavirus.
“Musically it’s reminiscent of mid 00s shimmering indie combined with a more vehement emo instrumentation, think if Biffy started a super group with Interpol and Death Cab For Cutie", state the duo.
The band never thought that they would be releasing their newest offering in the middle of a pandemic, however it has put a meaningful new spin on things; this is summarised so acutely on the closing lyric, “when will we find our solace and our sanctuary lines?”
These Four Walls was released June 5th and will be available on all major platforms.
Sanctuary Lines is released June 26th and will be available on all major platforms.