Mark Diamond is exactly that. A musical diamond, shining brightly amongst the competition.
He has probably sparkled this bright since he started writing music, despite the regular rainfall in his hometown of Maple Valley, just outside of Seattle. Mark hopes that his music reminds fans (just as much as it does himself) to focus “on the brightness of the stars rather than question the darkness in-between them.”
Tattooed onto Mark’s left forearm reads “XVII-II-MMVI” – the date he first performed an original song in front of a large audience. Each day that tattoo staring at him is a reminder that all it takes is the courage to be yourself. At that moment, Mark remembers feeling like nothing in his life would be the same.
His expansive new track, ‘Dark Matter’, is about the push and pull of his own life and forms part of his ‘Cosma’ EP.
“The Cosma EP is so much more than a body of music to me. Writing these songs was extremely spiritual for me because I began to feel like I had found my place in the universe. Right away the record really started to take on a large atmospheric type mood and I definitely wanted that to continue because it felt so natural. I realized the importance of creating something without searching for perfection and allowing the life of a song take its course. For the most part, I feel as though these songs wrote themselves and I was just lucky enough to be there to catch them.”
Sounds like: Take That, Tom Odell, James Bay, Tender
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.
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
X&Y is Ben (21, keyboard and vocals), Ash (22, guitar) and Rhys (21, drums) from London, Brighton and Wales (in no particular order).
The trio has been busy in the studio with music royalty; Toby Gad (Beyonce, John Legend, Madonna), Josh Record, Johnny Coffer (Emeli Sande, Gorgon City), Nexus (Lana Del Rey, Hurts), and Until The Ribbon Breaks.
New track ‘Rocket Science’ is a type of pop the radio stations and TV channels have been missing of late. Real, ballad-infused, indie pop.
Have a listen.
Sounds like: Temple Trap, Tove Lo, Cloud Fighter, Emeli Sande, Elle Eyre, Hurts, Until The Ribbon Breaks, John Legend, Josh Record, James Bay