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Tall Blonde – Wonderful

Tall Blonde - Wonderful

Sweden exports a lot of audacious acts, and it’s rare to find music from an artist that doesn’t fit that bill.

Cue the project of timid indie pop crooner, Frithiof Stenvall (aka Tall Blonde), who resides amongst the Northern forests of Sweden.

Frithiof initially found interest in music when he formed a band in 2013. The self-named project released three singles but things took a turn in 2017, when two of the band’s members left and Frithiof suddenly found himself fronting a solo project. Not deterred by the unexpected news, Frithiof took the new name Tall Blonde and finished writing his EP ‘Wonderful’, out today on Diginorth / Musichelp.

Sounds like: Tom Odell, Coldplay, Cage The Elephant, Radiohead

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Caitlyn Scarlett – Rust

Caitlyn Scarlett

Caitlyn Scarlett

Another well trained, and self-taught musician. This time it is Caitlyn Scarlett.

Caitlyn moved to London at age 17 to pursue her dream of music, and cites influences from the likes of M.I.A and Kate Bush to Bob Dylan and Gwen Stefani.

Her emotive, downbeat pop single, ‘Rust’, produced by Jack Gourlay (Tom Odell, Jack Garrett), sung in Caitlyn’s signature soulful style, tells a haunting and raw story about love.

“Writing Rust was therapy for me. It’s about that very sad point that some relationships reach, where both people grow in a separate direction and things become beyond repair. Especially if there’s been a betrayal of trust. I’m a hopeless romantic so when my first relationship ended, it shattered a lot of my idillic beliefs about love and how the story of my life was going to look. I’ve spent so much time mentally pacing down memory lane, at times it’s felt like my address.”

Sounds like: Xan Young, Folly Rae, Tom Odell, Jack Garrett, Leo Kalyan

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Leo Stannard – In My Blood

Leo Stannard

Leo Stannard

Leo Stannard is a 20-year-old multi-instrumentalist from Leicester, UK.

Leo is making anthems with pulsing electronic production, moving slightly away from his previous, more acoustic material.

On his new track, Leo explains,

“’In My Blood’ is all about people who become such an integral part of your life, people who don’t necessarily share the same blood-line as you but become like family. It’s all about the human connection.”

‘In My Blood’ is out via Black Butter Records.

Leo is also currently working on his debut album with Rich Cooper (Mystery Jets, Alex Vargas) and Fred Bull (Rihanna, Madonna) due for release early next year.

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15 October Bristol, Louisiana
16 October Manchester, Deaf Institute
17 October Newcastle, Surf Café
18 October Glasgow, Hug & Pint
20 October Leeds, Headrow House
21 October Sheffield, The Rocking Chair
22 October Leicester, The Cookie
24 October Nottingham, Bodega
25 October Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge
26 October London, Oslo

Sounds like: Tom Odell, The Temper Trap, Alex Clare, Sam Sure, Rudimental, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Nina Nesbitt, Rhodes

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Mark Diamond – Dark Matter

Mark Diamondd

Mark Diamondd

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.

Mark says;

“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

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Alex Maxwell – No Flight

Alex Maxwell - No Flight

Alex Maxwell – No Flight

Meet 22 year old emerging London noir-pop singer, Alex Maxwell.

Alex was born in London but spent her teenage years writing music in Madrid before moving back to the UK to develop her music in 2014.

Her new release is called ‘No Flight’ and was, ironically, written with producers, The Flight (David Bowie, Björk, Lana Del Rey). The video is a mesmerising collage of charming colours and Eastern beats.

Alex is Hollywood Records’ first UK signing, and is currently in the studio co-writing and producing her debut album with Ivor Novello award-winning songwriter Carey Willetts (Athlete), The Flight and Dan Grech-Marguerat (Radiohead, Tom Odell, Wolf Alice).

Sounds like: Susanne Sundfør, First Aid Kit, All Saints, Zella Day, Lana Del Rey

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Rae Morris – Skin

Rae Morris

Rae Morris

Lovely 19 year old Rae Morris is from Blackpool, UK.

You may recognise Rae’s voice from Bombay Bicycle Club‘s single ‘Luna’, however she is talented in her own right.

Rae’s debut album release is produced by Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Haim, Charli XCX). She will also be heading out on the road with Bombay Bicycle Club as main support through March.

The video for her new track ‘Skin’ (directed by Nadia Marquard Otzen) is pure and simple as a bodyless Rae sings amongst marbled shadows.

Sign up to her website to access a free download of ‘Skin’. We guarantee that this track will be in your head all day.

Sounds like: Lorde, Bombay Bicycle Club, Riziero Ortolani & Rina Ranieri, Panda Cubs, Lucy Rose, Charli XCX

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