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Playlist: Linying

Linying

Linying

Singaporean singer/songwriter Linying has just released her beautiful alt-pop tune called ‘Alpine’.

Like with her own music, Linying has put together a very moving playlist for you to listen to your heart’s content.

Arcade Fire – Rebellion (Lies)

One of my earliest musical influences was Arcade Fire, whose album Funeral I’ve heard countless times, cover to cover, on my old, beat-up iPod. Rebellion (Lies) is, for me, the ultimate anthem for that pre-dawn delirium, of feeling like you’re invincible.

Dawn Golden – Discoloration

Dawn Golden was and still is one of the best discoveries my ears made in 2014; Dexter Tortoriello’s writing and production were very significant in shaping my own sonic sensibilities in dressing up my own songs. I love how intense and emotionally evocative all the songs on his album, Still Life, are, and Discoloration stands amongst the rawest and most heartbreaking of songs in my books.

Charlie Lim – I Only Tell The Truth

Charlie Lim, a musician I’m lucky enough to call my friend and compatriot, takes me places with I Only Tell The Truth. It’s delicate and wistful and it serves up a spectacle, from the stifling insides of an airplane to crashing waters and blinding light.

Bon Iver – Blood Bank

Probably the most definitive in my songwriting, Blood Bank was the very first song I’d ever listened to and felt for without fully understanding. “You were rubbing both my hands / Chewing on a candy bar” taught me to say everything I ever wanted to say in all its specificity without worry for its esotericism. It doesn’t matter that it’s only your picture as long as you paint it right.

The 1975 – Paris

Say what you will about the boyband, but Paris is a painful, purple dream in its tender vocals and balmy bopping beat and, for me, up there amongst the best, the most beautiful, most visually arresting of melancholic pop songs.

How Sad – Young Couple

In a melodramatic wave of despair, I once tweeted Harris Shper, How Sad’s frontman: “We were a young couple driving through beautiful France. I was warned, wasn’t I?” He replied, “Life is everything up and down. Hope the memory is beautiful and the future will be too.” He was right, though. I still think of France’s mountain roads when I listen to this song, and they’re still beautiful.

Midst – Captivate

There’s something subdued but spiritual about midst’s atmospheric, dreamy sound in Captivate. It’s like a red cresting wave in song-form.

Lykke Li – Time Flies

Lykke Li, like Karen O, was one of my favourite female songwriters of sad, strained songs. Listening to Time Flies is like having a heart clenched in smallness and tiredness, having it eventually unfurl into glorious abandon and despair.

Sunset Rubdown – Us Ones In Between

There’s a homemade video somewhere on Youtube of a group of friends playing inside a big deflated balloon the colours of the rainbow to this song. It puts into words, music, and pictures how it feels to be timid, forlorn, and to know it.

Gentle Bones – Geniuses & Thieves

Another Singaporean musician-friend who delivers dark, moody trap vibes best in this track, which samples a hook off Made In Heights’ Wildflowers (Exhale Efreet) and takes it to a whole other level.

Sounds like: Frances, Bon Iver, Rae Morris

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Mononoke – Silence For You

Mononoke

Mononoke

Meet the fierce and animated, Mononoke; the UK’s very own musical princess.

Mononoke did release a couple of singles eighteen months ago, and although they were both well received by tastemakers and blogs, she decided to take a step back and hone her sound and creative image.

The result is her four track EP, ‘Silence For You’, which is set for release on 15 July.

Listen to the title track below.

Mononoke has also been busy putting together a series of cinema graphs for each track on the EP.

Sounds like: Becky Hill, Frances, Saint Clair, Lorde, Say Lou Lou

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Bo Rocha – Hold My Gaze

Bo Rocha

Bo Rocha

Bo Rocha releases her first track of 2016 called ‘Hold My Gaze’.

Once again, the Londoner showcases her powerful vocals and candid lyrics, with ease.

Rocha says of the track; “The song is about going back in time, to a moment when neither person said the right thing or expressed how they really felt, and re-writing it.”

‘Hold My Gaze’ is out on 27 May via Bait and Switch Records, and Bo Rocha will be playing The Great Escape Festival the week before.

Sounds like: Prinze George, Erykah Badu, Shura, Lily Allen, Frances

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Frances – Borrowed Time

Frances

Frances

Focusing on more of an electronic production, 22 year old Frances (of ‘Grow’ fame) is back with ‘Borrowed Time’.

It was written with Howard Lawrence from Disclosure in his garden studio at home in London and sees Frances stretching herself vocally.

The result is gorgeous silky vocals and emotive minimal piano chords wrapped around a funky and glittery chorus.

It is out on 15 January via Capitol Records.

Live Dates

18th November – TORONTO – Sound Academy*
20th November – TORONTO – Riviera Theatre*
21st November – MINNEAPOLIS – State Theatre*
23rd November – NEW YORK CITY – Rockwood*
18th Feb – LONDON – Union Chapel
*supporting James Bay

Sounds like: Rae Morris, Boxed In, Jess Glynne

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Tradiio Exclusive: Interview with Vaarwell

Vaarwell by Tomás Monteiro

Vaarwell by Tomás Monteiro

Lisbon quartet Vaarwell formed in late 2014 and have been making music and touring ever since. They are currently preparing their first album, which we can expect in late 2016.

After being named Tradiio’s ‘Artist of the Week’, we decided to find out more…

How did you meet and why did you start making music together?

We all studied in the same art school and we were studying music production. Since we were all from the same class, we eventually got to know each other better and decided to try making music together and we think it worked out well!

Describe your sound in three words.

Mellow, Simple, Genuine.

We also discovered fellow Portuguese artist Isaura on Tradiio. Do you think the music scene in Portugal has a lot of offer the rest of the world?

Absolutely! We personally think that the Portuguese music scene has never been better and more diversified. There’s a lot of potential in some Portuguese projects.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

We all came from different backgrounds when it comes to music genre, so our influences vary from indie rock to folk and electronic music, to name a few.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

We’ve been listening to Lapsley, Haitus Kaiyote, Ayelle, Benjamin Clementine and Hippo Campus.

We’ve invested in Vaarwell. Have you? Listen to more of Vaarwell’s songs and support them at tradiio.com/vaarwell.

Sounds like: IYES, Daughter, Frances, Phoria

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RITUAL – Instinct

RITUAL - Instinct

RITUAL – Instinct

Minimalist R&B pop three-piece RITUAL returns with Instinct.

Of the track, the band say

“Instinct’ is the warmest record we’ve written – it has a nostalgic nod to Soul and UK Garage in the production, and as a song it’s about the most uplifting of natural human instincts – to love and to be loved.”

It’s the third track to be revealed from their forthcoming second EP entitled ‘From The City To The Wilderness’.

Sounds like: Canvas, Frances, Damien Rice, Rae Morris, Active Child, Meredith

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Meredith – Levels

Meredith

Meredith

“Australian musician”. That is all we really know about Meredith.

After listening to her two tracks, we’ve come to the conclusion that if you cut Banks in half, she would be the tender, softer part. She is more innocent in respect of her tone and lyrics, but that’s not to say her music isn’t top notch. Just listen to ‘Levels’ and you’ll understand why.

The video explores the often tangled, delicate and fraught dynamic that dictates the course of female friendships. As the pair soundlessly go through the motions of companionship, there’s an instantly-recognisable element of longing for closeness but actively keeping a safe distance. Secretive, ambiguous notes are passed from girl to girl and collected in a delicate crystal jar, representative of the calculated moves we make as we relate to each other on different levels. As Meredith herself puts it, “Ultimately, it’s focusing on all the little things we don’t say to each other”.

Sounds like: Ellie Goulding, Banks, RITUALS, Blooms, VÉRITÉ, Lyon, Ruelle, Frances, Lana Del Rey, The Weeknd, Sohn

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RITUAL – Josephine (Feat. Lisa Hannigan)

RITUAL - Josephine (Feat Lisa Hannigan)

RITUAL – Josephine (Feat Lisa Hannigan)

Following on from RITUAL‘s collab with upcoming solo artist Frances (which can be located on our July playlist), the three-piece return with ‘Josephine’, featuring Lisa Hannigan.

Combining RnB with folk, it’s another warm tingle-inducing track.

Speaking on the new single, the band said “We’ve always been fascinated by dual female/male vocals on records – the electricity of the connection between two people, two different takes on the same emotion – and the tension and harmony this creates.”

These intimate pairings with female artists certainly seem to be something that RITUAL excel at, with the trio going on to say, “Lisa Hannigans vocals on the first Damien Rice record, together with his songwriting was a big influence – they created something so powerful and intimate you almost felt rude for listening in on them. To work with her on this project, and how naturally it came about, almost felt like a sign that we were doing something right.”

‘Josephine’ is the lead single to be lifted from their forthcoming second EP ‘From The City To The Wilderness’, and was named after a lyric in the song. Arguably some of the most personal lyrics the band have ever written, the band explain that the track is “about the feeling of being so closely connected to someone – paired with the deep fear of failing the relationship.”

Sounds like: Canvas, Frances, Damien Rice, Rae Morris, Active Child

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