Phoenix-native Upsahl shares progressive pop number, ‘Can You Hear Me Now’.
The track is hella catchy, thanks to Upsahl’s lush harmonies and the addition of continual wooden percussions.
It’s hard to believe this teenager already has three albums under her belt, but it’s practice well spent as she clearly knows what direction she needs to be heading in,
“I like to maintain powerful and complex lyrics that are relatable to a variety of situations. I like to write about relationships, politics, cultural issues. This song is a message to someone on the other end of a failed relationship. It’s the kind of relationship that has been dysfunctional for some time. I’ve watched so many women in my life stay in a relationship that they aren’t happy in, they settle.”
Sounds like: Dagny, Dominique, Feist, Regina Spektor
Anti-folk artist, Erin K, has been keeping herself very busy. Originally born in London, but now residing in the States via Italy, she has just shared the video for ‘No Control’, filmed across Iceland, and released her album ‘Little Torch’, which you can listen to on Spotify here.
To celebrate, Erin K has put together a playlist for us.
Tennis – Night Vision I love the immediate hood of this cool drum beat and the contrast between the closeness of the verse against the dreamy delayed vocals in the chorus. I just walked to the flight gate listening to this in my headphones. Great walking song!
Perfume Genius – Learning The simplicity of Perfume Genius is a breath of fresh air, reminiscent of the honest lyrics encountered in Andrew and the Johnsons or (kids soundtrack guy). I especially love the lyrics “blah blah blah” at the end of this intimate song. I’m inspired by this artist! I have tickets to see him at Heaven in London in a few weeks!
Hospitality – Going Out I don’t have much to say about this other than it’s been my song to start my day with for the past 2 weeks! Makes me feel like dancing! I’d love to see them live.
Whitney – No Woman I LOVE this artist. It’s rare that you find a drummer that is also the lead vocalist. Check out their live sessions online, definitely one of my top favourite new discoveries at the moment.
Cass McCombs – Bum Bum Bum A friend of my from Fort Lauderdale introduced me to this band (amongst others) recently and I think I had this song on repeat for an hour after the first listen. I love songs that push along with a constant repeated beat and sound. Check out his other songs, they are all beautiful. Something very nostalgic about this sound.
Sufjan Stevens – All of Me Wants All of You This is one of my favourite songs at the moment. It’s so beautiful. He recently came out with a live version of this, amongst others. Personally, I prefer the live versions but worth checking out.
Leon Bridges – River When I first heard this I assumed it was an old recording from the 60s. I love the way this song builds and Leon’s voice is flawless and emotive. Goose bumps.
U.N.P.O.C. – Here on My Own What’s not to love about early Modest Mouse! Great build, beautiful lyrical rhythm, one to scream along to at home, or in my experience, the customs line at Heathrow Terminal 4 (in my head of course).
Shuggy Otis – Strawberry Letter 23 Yes Yes YES! I love the every part of this. If you like retro 60s jams, you’ll dance along to this.
CAN – Vitamin C I remember the first time I heard this in some shop in London. I couldn’t wait to get home and listen to it properly. I’ve loved this song for years. The vocal, the consisting arrangement and cool organ sounds. Might not be a new find for me but I’ve included it here nonetheless.
Sounds like: Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, Alev Lenz, alt-J, Pam Ayres, Susan Vega, Kim Boekbinder, Lily Allen
19 year old AURORA has come so far this last year, and continues to rise as one of Norwegian’s great musical exports.
She shares her video for ‘I Went Too Far’, which has been directed by directorial duo Arni & Kinski (Florence+TheMachine, Editors, SnowPatrol, SigurRós).
Aurora is presented as a split personality. An ambitious video, laden with metaphor, it is twinned perfectly with an emotional track that is equally open to interpretation.
Aurora says of the track:
“When I was 9 I wrote most of this song, I watched someone brave and kind not demanding the respect and love they deserved. Growing up I realized these things happen all around us, sometimes worse than others. We shouldn’t be crawling on our knees to be recognized, loved and accepted, because that is no good love. Love should only be beautiful, not horrible. The sooner we learn that, the longer we have to learn to be kind to ourselves. And then demand to be treated kindly.”
UK Tour Dates in October
3rd Glasgow, Art School
4th Manchester, O2 Ritz
6th Newcastle, University
7th Birmingham, O2 Institute 2
8th Bristol, Trinity
10th Brighton, Concorde 2
11th Oxford, O2 Academy 2
13th London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
15th Cambridge, Cambridge Junction
16th Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Sounds like: Regina Spektor, Susanne Sundfør, Ellie Goulding, First Aid Kit, Enya, Emilie Nicolas