Introducing Fred Nicholas, a Swedish songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist who is debuting his single ‘Help’.
Co-produced by Simon Hassle (Skott, Zara Larsson) the song has an underlying pop melody that perfectly matches with Fred’s reassuring vocal tones.
It’s always good to ask friends for help, and have friends give you help when you are your worst self, so this one goes out to you.
Expect his EP in early 2018.
Sounds like: Rationale, Seinabo Sey
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HÅN is a captivating new musical project.
Born in a small town by the Garda lake, HÅN uses visions of nature to create her delicate sound.
Her stunning debut, ‘The Children’, is a gentle type of track, that tenderly builds like a comforting hug on a cold night, with echoing vocals and pulsating electro drums.
Speaking about the track she explains,
“When I write something I’m used to building lines in a way that the final song is a complex of concepts that stands on its own. I like every line to have its own life. I love the lyrics to be a bit hermetic and not to go in only one direction, as they were a sort of mystery that has to be solved and interpreted by the listener. ‘The Children’ is like someone running away from the things that they know and from the place in which they always been, becoming aware of the oppression of ‘the safe place’. At the same time, they feel like they’re inevitably bound to their home. It’s a kind of ambivalent feeling of both growing and missing what you leave by living this process.”
Sounds like: Daughter, Skott
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Music is a way to tackle unresolved issues and reach out to the ones you love, both for a writer and listener.
Caswell is doing just that with a very open letter to her ‘Brother’.
As you would expect, it’s powerful and engaging, as Caswell’s unmistakable, ethereal vocals form a distinct jazz melody over a Whirlitzer piano and Mellotron, and the sudden waves of heavy synths and brass, push and pull the listener through the journey with her.
Cleverly the production at the start and end of the track also emulates that of a typewriter.
Disclosure: I am Caswell’s publicist at the time of writing.
Sounds like: Låpsley, Skott, Lorde, Charlotte Cardin, Jorja Smith, JONES, Ray BLK, Sigrid, Maggie Rogers
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Skott is an down-to-earth creature, who takes musical inspiration from the remote small town forest commune run by ‘outcast’ folk musicians, in which she grew up.
Although this small and supportive community exposed her to some music, it wasn’t until she visited the city for the first time in her mid teens that she experienced the sounds of contemporary music.
Her second single, ‘Wolf’, is a folk-inspired number about feeling of empowerment from never hiding away from your true instincts.
Aug 13 // Sweden @ Way Out West
Sept 28 // London @ Notting Hill Arts Club ‘New Shapes’
Sept 29 // London @ Birthdays
Oct 26 // Paris @ Pitchfork Music Festival
‘Wolf’ out now via B3SCI Records in the US and Chess Club Records in the UK.
Sounds like: First Aid Kit, Zella Day, Susanne Sundfør
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Fickle Friends – Cry Baby
One of Brighton’s best exports of late, Fickle Friends, are back with new single, ‘Cry Baby’.
Channeling some classic rockabilly ‘Cry Baby’ vibes, the track was recorded in Los Angeles with Mike Crossey (Wolf Alice, The 1975, Foals).
It will be released via B3SCI Records (Jungle, Elohim, Skott) in the US and Polydor in the UK.
Sounds like: Harts, Haim, The 1975, Monogem, Paperwhite, Roosevelt, LANY, Broods, Ghost Beach, PROM
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