Los Angeles native BAUM hits the right notes with her new single ‘Effortless’.
Taking inspiration in the romantic pitfalls of a close friend of the singer-songwriter, who was cheated on by an ex-beau, an “awful dude,” says BAUM, “I saw him do it and it broke my heart.”
BAUM immediately wrote the song after the event – originally a sad song, that soon turned into an angry one,
“I got to the chorus and just got so wildly angry and that tempo change and scream thing came out. I guess I turned the song into how I wanted her reaction to be: empowered, focused more on her anger than her sadness. I wanted her to realize her own strength and self-worth, so I wrote that into the song.”
It’s rare these days that music can hit you hard in your core, but Anna Pancaldi has managed to do that with her piano-led ‘Brother’.
As you would expect, ‘Brother’ covers a highly emotional subject, exploring the reality of loss.
March 3rd – House Concert, Glasgow
March 4th – Hemelvaart Bier Cafe, Ayton
March 7th – Whiskey Bar, Manchester
March 8th – Making Waves, Manchester
March 10th – The Steel Rooms, Brigg
March 17th – House Concert, Essex
March 16th – The Stables, Cricklade
March 18th – The Drawing Room, Chesham
March 19th – Apple Store, Regent Street
March 22nd – The Victoria, London
March 24th – Big Comfy Book Shop, Coventry
March 25th – St Peters on the Waterfront, Ipwich
March 27th -Bespoke Records, Brighton
Sounds like: London Grammar, Adele, Rhye, Birdy, Maiday
London-based alternative electro pop singer, Leena Ojala, has put together a playlist for us of ten tracks she has come across when listening to new music.
Of the playlist, Leena says, “I have gone for tracks that use varying influences and mix different styles in production.”
Oh Wonder: All We Do
I like the repetitive piano riff and the vocal melody. They create a sad yet beautiful feel for the song. The minimalistic approach makes the song memorable – it’s a case of less is more.
Dominique: Good Girl
I like the guitar hook she uses throughout the track. The hip hop beat underneath and the interesting distortion she uses are interesting giving the track a nice character. Big up for Dominique for creating her own lovely production!
Anevo: Electric Heart feat. Ameria
The unique sound of the different instruments used in the track come across nicely. Every section has different influences: the verse is more electronic and dance-like whereas the chorus is chilled. The different styles used give the track a nice vibe.
KINGDM: Say It Again
I like the use of drums with African influences. There is a soulful vibe going on with the vocals, melody and the piano which give the song a romantic feel.
MRGD: Skin Deep
I like the use of call and response mixed with the nice vocal hooks. The chorus incorporates different feels i.e. reggae rhythm and drum sound, synth piano and vocal hooks. This gives the track an unusual but unique crossover of styles.
XY&O: Low Tide
The minimal strumming and picking of the guitar in the verses gives the track a nice relaxed feel. I like the four to the floor drums in the chorus giving it kind of dancing in the summertime vibe. The vocals with an echo and a delay effect finish the track off nicely.
I like the use of unusual blending of styles and rhythmic influences – the type you find with FKA Twigs. The track has a nice atmosphere, delivered by whispery vocals, hooks, dark piano tones and reverb effects.
Tess: Love Gun
I like the use of middle eastern feel in the track created by the vocal movement and the acoustic guitar. I can see influences of “Inna” here, but there are also elements of R&B, Pop and Hip Hop.
Sounds like: Låpsley, Adele, Rae Morris, YUAR, Micky Blue, London Grammar, Dominique, Amanda Merdzan
Dramatic songstress, Leena Ojala, returns with ‘Little Place’.
Written by Leena Ojala and produced by Benbrick, Aella Jordan-Edge was the obvious choice to direct the video (she also directed the video for Leena’s ‘Why‘).
The video was shot in NYC in freezing temperatures, and explores a young couple’s journey as they grapple with life in a new home, far away from their ‘little place’.
Of the video, Aella explains; “I moved to New York at the age of fifteen, so I knew the feeling well: of being awestruck and overwhelmed in a city that sweeps you up, propelling you forward whether you like it or not.”
Aella’s favourite scene is “the moment on the beach – it represents that frustrating time near the end of a relationship where you’re desperately trying to make it work, fighting the last fight.”
‘Little Place’ is out today via 51Den and available for purchase on iTunes.
Whilst you’re at it, check out the awesome Saturday, Monday remix.
Sounds like: Låpsley, Adele, Rae Morris, YUAR, Micky Blue, London Grammar, Evvy, Dominique
Acoustic cover guru, Alice Olivia, changes directly and releases new icy, R&B track, ‘Wings Like Yours’.
The song is about love, possession and jealousy.
Olivia has worked with emerging UK producer Lipso, to produce overall quite a minimalist track which is further enhanced by her weightless vocals, all of which have been added to some snappy and gothic percussion.
It is the second release from EP, ‘Wanderlands’.
Sounds like: Jessie Ware, B. Miles, Lyves, Sasha Keable, Monogem, July Child, NÜME
Sometimes you listen to a song, and it instantly takes you. This seems to be a frequent occurrence whilst listening to any song by the female duo-led Lucius (aka Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig).
Lucius have yet again ramped it up on their new release called ‘Madness’; the second track off their new album ‘Good Grief’, which is out on 11 March via Play It Again Sam. It has a greater level of maturity than previous releases, and we adore the new addition of strings, reminiscent of Roxette‘s ‘Wish I Could Fly’)
The album has been co-produced with Shawn Everett (Weezer, The Alabama Shakes) and Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Kiss, Pink Floyd), and mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Adele and Beck).
Of Good Grief, vocalist Jess Wolfe says, “When we started writing for this record, we had been away from home for nearly two years. We had just returned from tour, having gone through such varied emotions—loneliness, sadness and exhaustion alongside excitement, fulfillment and some of the most joyful moments in our lives…Whenever one of us had an idea or a feeling, the other was already a witness to it and could help navigate through it—for the two of us, this usually came in song form.” Vocalist Holly Laessig adds, “…When considering titles, we wanted to be sure to acknowledge any serious subject matter, while simultaneously allowing ourselves a comic sigh of relief from any personal turmoil. Ha! The yin and yang of the record naturally unveiled itself and, so, Good Grief.”
Full European tour dates
5/4 The Academy, Dublin
6/4 Gorilla, Manchester
8/4 Arts School, Glasgow
9/4 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
10/4 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
11/4 Thekla, Bristol
13/4 KOKO, London
14/4 La Maroquinerie, Paris
16/4 Botanique, Brussels
19/4 Melkweg, Amsterdam
20/4 Prinzenbar, Hamburg
21/4 Privateclub, Berlin
22/4 Strom, Munich
‘Madness’ is an instant grat. when you pre-prder the album on iTunes.
And for the record, we think Lucius have it completely figured out.
Sounds like: Goldfrapp, Scissor Sisters, Fleetwood Mac, First Aid Kit, The Carpenters, HAIM, Wet, Roxette
Bipolar Sunshine is the Manchester raised alternative pop sound of Adio Marchant.
This time in collaboration with SBTRKT and with production by Fraser T Smith (Adele, Lily Allen, Sam Smith), new single ‘Daydreamer’ transmits to your ears an upbeat and catchy pop sound with intelligent lyrics.
The Tomek Ducki-directed video for the track is a kaleidoscopic vision of a daydreamer’s wild mind, and definitely conjures up the romance of escapism.
‘Daydreamer’ is released on 25 January 2015 followed by a UK headline tour in March and April. Pre order on iTunes here.
Live dates below:
26 Mar Dublin Whelans
27 Mar Belfast Limelight
28 Mar Edinburgh Electric Circus
29 Mar Glasgow Oran Mor
31 Mar Newcastle Think Tank at Riverside
1 Apr Leeds Belgrave Music Hall
2 Apr Liverpool Kazimier
3 Apr Nottingham Rescue Rooms
7 Apr Leicester The Scholar
8 Apr Birmingham The Library at The Institute
9 Apr Oxford O2 Academy 2
10 Apr Cambridge The Junction
12 Apr Bristol Thekla
13 Apr Brighton The Haunt
14 Apr Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
16 Apr London Heaven
17 Apr Manchester The Ritz
Like your tunes jazzed up? Then have a listen to the excellent and tropical Gryffin remix of ‘Daydreamer’ below:
Sounds like: SBTRKT, Lane 8, Crystal Fighers, Goldroom, Viceroy, The Foals, Metronomy, Blood Orange, Lily Allen, Sam Smith