Glasgow’s ACRYLIC kick-start 2019 with the release of their infectious new single I’ve Got Too Many Friends, out now via Scottish Fiction. The single is a soaring slice of indie-rock from the offset. Frontman Andreas Chrsitodoulidis’ rich, baritone vocal feels instantly reminiscent of the likes of The National’s Matthew Berninger, giving the track an undeniably defiant and endearing sound. Talking about the single, Andreas elaborates “its about feeling as though you’ve found yourself in an ideal situation, with all the pieces falling together, and knowing that you’re still going to mess it up. It’s about a rift developing in a relationship and explores the naive idea that sex will resolve your issues, even though it will, in fact, be a colourless and sad affair and will most likely send you straight to the abyss.”
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Exploring polyrhythm, collective groove and improvisation, Graham Costello's STRATA have released the title track from their debut album OBELISK. OBELISK is characterised by the effortless integration and exploration of sumptuous brass tones, expertly delivered guitar segments, mesmerising piano and virtuosic drumming courtesy of Graham Costello himself. OBELISK is an exhilarating journey into the mind of one of the most exciting young jazz players in the now vibrant world of the Scottish jazz scene.OBELISK is out on 1st February 2019 via bpqd Records.
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To celebrate the release of their enchanting new EP HLLW, Sheffield’s Blossomer have now shared their latest single Time_Slips_Away, out now via Instant Karma. Talking about the track, Alex elaborates, “it's themes are about taking a chance while you can and making the most of it. Maybe unusually transparent lyrics compared to our usual stuff. It also harks back to the Blossomer album with the inclusion of guitars and a lot of space in the track." As a whole, HLLW twinkles with gentle, spheric electronic beats, whilst lead singer Alex Crabbe’s bewitching falsetto is able to soar effortlessly.
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MeMe Detroit share high-octane new video for De Moe!
Birmingham-based multi-instrumentalist Maria Rodriguez - aka MeMe Detroit – has now shared a high-octane new video for edgy latest single De Moe, taken from her new EP Life In The Now. De Moe is inspired by the negativity that seems to emanate from the human mindset due to the way society has moulded us. Filmed at Pirate Studios and directed by Dwane Perks, it showcases the band's energy-fuelled live set with slick sophistication.
Anoushka announces vibrant debut album Dark Soul!
Multi-instrumentalist Anoushka prepares to release her vibrant concept album Dark Soul, out on 5th April 2019. The album includes previous single How’d It Get This Late, as well as title track Dark Soul. Each track on the album combines elements of jazz, soul and world music to create a sound that is truly majestic. Anoushka’s rich, warm vocal soars effortlessly over the jazz-infused musicality, creating a sound akin to the likes of Norah Jones or Laura Mvula. Catch Anoushka live next at Pizza Express Live, Holborn on 18th February 2019 - Tickets
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To celebrate the release of her latest EP notes to self, Irish artist Maria Kelly has now shared the emotive new video for her single july. "The song takes a look at the behaviours that expect solutions from outside of myself," Maria explains. "It’s about admitting that you have control over how you react to any situation and that by choosing to get stuck in the past, you’re only doing more damage to yourself in the long run. The video was brought to life by my friend Garth, starring my other talented friend, Dyl. I bought a shitty hand-cam and we filmed the whole thing over two days in Berlin. The DIY element made it a really gratifying experience, and I am incredibly proud of how it turned out – I hope you find something in it too.”
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