Friday, 15 November 2019

Drew Davies returns to previous director for next music video

Displaying a dazzling green countryside, Drew Davies has released his latest music video. Returning home to shoot the video for ‘Mrs Taylor’ with director Juliet Bryant, Davies makes us all feel like we grew up in quiet towns in the English countryside.

This isn’t the first time Davies has teamed up with Juliet Bryant. The two worked together on the both of his previous music videos - ‘Living the dream’ and ‘Man on the run’. Both of the previous music videos are set at night, with bars and cars taking front stage. The sunny landscape flicking by in ‘Mrs Taylor’ provides a pleasing contrast to the preceding two released videos. You can compare both for yourself, above and below.

“I grew up in the South Yorkshire countryside and so wanted to shoot somewhere that would capture the expansiveness and beauty of the area. We shot near some family in North Yorkshire but also in the village where I grew up. We wanted to create the feeling of looking in the rearview mirror at my childhood and we retraced some steps I took in my early years; all as a way of commemorating the memory of Mrs Taylor.”
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Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Interview with Singer/songwriter Lux Lyall

London-based singer/songwriter Lux Lyall has a deep, intense love for the glitz and glamour of old school Hollywood. She collects miniature carousels and dollhouses as well as being devoted to her cat, and would like to formally apologize to her friends and neighbors for the uncontrollable screaming at odd hours of the night.

Her new song ‘Switchblade Baby’ was released on the 5th September and was directly inspired by Lux’s friends from around the world. The track is a luscious and enticing affair, layered with elegant and alluring instrumentation that waltzes beneath Lux’s emotive and sultry voice.

Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

My earliest entry to music appreciation was probably hearing Nirvana as a kid (Thanks to my eldest brother) and music production I didn't start seriously until I started my first band, Sister Witch, with David Ryder Prangley at 20.

If you could paint a picture of your unique sound, what would it look like?

Falling asleep with a lit cigarette in your hand and your make up still on and inevitably setting fire to the hotel room duvet. Housekeeping?.Help.

What are some of your key musical influences?

The place I grew up, walking home alone after a party in the summertime, old movies, warm baths. Oh and like anything Chino Moreno does.

What's on your current playlist?

Maria Callas
Cat Power
Alexandra Savior
The soundtrack to Breakfast at Tiffany's by Henry Mancini

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

I write lyrics whenever I can, on my phone, scraps of paper, old receipts and envelopes. Then I’ll usually meet up with my writing partner David, and we'll pull something together. Or my boyfriend will be playing a beautiful riff I really love over and over for a few days and Ill finally gather the courage to steal it. After asking, of course.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

Trauma. Kidding, kind of. Sometimes just walking around London on my own or general things that have been going on in my life. Everything tends to stay sleepy and dormant in the back of my mind until the most inconvenient of times honestly.

As an artist, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?

There's probably a few things. I think the whole idea of promoting yourself on social media is weird. Maybe I'm just lazy about posting on my music accounts but, I like creating the art, It just feels strange a lot of the time to talk about it on Instagram or whatever and wait for recognition from people on the internet. It’s weird I'll get a bigger response from a selfie, which is just my face on a good day and less of a response when I post about working or writing or being inspired by someone.

Tell us about the chemistry you have with your fans on stage.

Most of my 'fans' are really my friends! So it’s just kinda beautiful when your best buds are down the front of a little bar singing along to your songs when you can't remember sending them the lyrics at any point and realize they just know them. That’s always sweet.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

I once finished playing a gig with my old band on a weird bill where it was us, and three metal bands. I was wearing like this white frilly tablecloth looking outfit and we did a grungey cover of an old Lana Del Rey song, and the other bands spent most of the beginning of the evening scoffing at us. When we finished and I was getting off the stage some of the guys were like "Hey that was ACTUALLY pretty good", I thought that was funny.

What would you like to achieve with your music? What does success look like to you?

Success to me is hearing other artists whose opinions I hold in very high regard saying they like what I do and understand where I'm coming from. That’s happening at the moment and it really means a lot to me.

Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?

Two more videos, an album in April 2020 and hopefully some live shows soon!

Famous last words?

"Pardonnez-moi, monsieur.” Oh no wait, those were Marie Antoinette's last words. She stepped on the executioner’s foot.

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Norwegian singer SKAAR shares the music video for her new song, ‘Five Times’

Norwegian artist SKAAR has shared the video for her new single, ‘Five Times’, out now via Warner Music.

The video is an extended visual metaphor of original sin inverted to place the man at the centre of temptation. It sees a sequence of shots representing intimacy, desire and betrayal, with occult-tinged sacrificial implications portraying the unfaithfulness and inconsequential attitudes of men towards those they’ve hurt.

“This video is representing the story of Adam and Eve, but with a different view,” explains SKAAR. “It shows the power and the ego men have had through history. Still, this gives women the opportunity to grow stronger, to unite and support each other.”

An intoxicating blend of captivating production and infectious vocals, the track is a powerful critique of unequal attitudes towards women. It builds through pulsating verses imbued with cutting lyricism, before opening into an anthemic chorus of infectious melodies and explosive attitude.

At 21, SKAAR is one of Norway’s most exciting new talents. Born on the small west coast island of Stord, she grew up experiencing total freedom and the feeling of belonging somewhere. Just like you can experience all four seasons in one day on the west coast of Norway, she can relate to feeling exuberantly lively and cheerful one minute and almost explosively emotional the next. In these oscillations, friction arises and often results in a flood of inspiration and creativity, which drives her urge to write music.

‘Five Times’ follows her previous releases ‘24’, ‘Wicked Rhythm’, released earlier this year, and her debut single ‘Higher Ground’, which has amassed over seven million streams and was featured in the soundtrack for the motion picture, Battle.

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Sunday, 10 November 2019

Panaviscope explores eccentricities and psychedelia on new single 'Breathing In Reverse'

Indie-pop multi artist Panaviscope has released his trippy new single 'Breathing In Reverse' which just premiered by the esteemed Wonderland Magazine. This follows on from his last single, the equally delightful 'Kiss Yourself To Death'.

The eccentric artist behind the project is Alex Duloz - who creates the tracks, is lead vocalist, and artistic director for all visuals and artwork. His tracks and aesthetics are laced with a psychedelic tinge reminiscent of The Beatles, and after giving 'Breathing In Reverse' a spin, one can't help but wonder if there wasn't something slipped into the punch.

Duloz explains further:  ‘In three minutes, you travel from electro to classic 70s rock, in a very smooth journey. I’m happy with the aesthetic of this song. The result is extremely cinematic. At the end of the song, you should wonder ‘What the hell  just happened to me?’  In this song, I talk about going back to the forest. I explore a romantic vision of nature. A parenthesis.”

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Monday, 4 November 2019

Singer/songwriter Sudan Archives released a new debut album ‘Athena’

Violinist, singer, songwriter, and producer Sudan Archives has released her highly anticipated debut album Athena via Stones Throw Records. The album is available for purchase on standard black vinyl, limited black and bronze marbled vinyl, and in a deluxe edition with a bonus zine and 7-inch of two unreleased songs, as well as on CD and digital.

The album’s central theme is duality. Herself a twin, Sudan has long been acquainted with the notion of opposites coexisting within one entity. Embracing her most direct lyrical approach to date she plunges headfirst into themes of female strength, the coexistence of good and evil in people, breakups, and the gulf between others' perception of her and how she perceives herself.

Athena is a huge step forward for Sudan Archives musically and sonically, more than delivering on the potential of her critically acclaimed EPs Sudan Archives (2017) and Sink (2018). For the new songs, she opened herself up to more studio collaboration, employing a cadre of talented musicians and producers including Washed Out, Wilma Archer, Paul White (Danny Brown, Charli XCX), and Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, Sampha, Adele). The result is her most wide-ranging music to date, experimenting with hip hop influences, highly charged bass lines, and plays between catchy hooks and smooth harmonies.

Following intimate release shows in LA and New York next week, Sudan heads overseas for a full European tour, with recently announced North American dates to follow in February and March of 2020. Deeply ambitious, sometimes vulnerable, and always beautiful, Athena is a powerful statement from a musician who has always resisted easy categorization.

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Indie-pop trio Prinze George released a new song ‘Stay up’

Prinze George has released their new track "Stay Up" on all DSPs. The single was premiered with The 405, praising, "The track uses several hallmarks of pop song composition -- airy synths, pulsing drum machines, a larger-than-life chorus -- but infuses them with a pensive sadness, the sort that follows a night of carousing and fun."

On the track Prinze George describes, “Stay Up' is about the allure of partying all night with people you love and having an awesome time, but also about the sadness that hits you when reality bites and that hangover hits. It’s hard to slow down when you’re revved up. Sometimes your soul needs a late night with friends, and other times your body needs rest. ‘Stay Up’ is the struggle of finding that balance."

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