Favourite Features: Jan to June 2019

‘With new discoveries, releases from favourite artists, insightful interviews and one-off opportunities, 2019 has already been incredible!’ 

If you’ve missed any of the posts in the first half of 2019, here’s you chance to catch up with my favourite features of the year so far.

Superbird: Cola Bottle Fizz
Without so much as a split second to settle in, the full-on funk sound that is ‘Cola Bottle Fizz’ breaks the silence prior to pressing play. Want 80’s style guitar lines and colourful dance-inducing riffs? You’re served them in abundance. Read more at: Track Review: Superbird: Cola Bottle Fizz

Silent Natives at The Horn, Bishops Stortford
Having featured Silent Natives twice before, including coverage of their Sofar Sounds gig last September, it was great to get the opportunity to hear them live once again. It also, with a very different setup and the very different atmosphere offered by The Horn, Bishops Stortford, was a chance to hear the more full-on side of their sound. Read more at: Gig Review: Silent Natives at The Horn, Bishops Stortford

MALMØ: Frostbite: The Inevitable End Pt 1
Aptly filling you with chills from the outset, you immediately want to grab the gloves and try to keep warm. Instantly we are enthralled by what we are hearing and with an atmosphere evolving like no other to date, you can’t fail to become absorbed. Read more at: Track Review: MALMØ: Frostbite: The Inevitable End Pt 1

MALMØ: Secret London House Show
Truth be told, when I initially featured MALMØ last year it never crossed my mind that I would ever get the chance to see them live. Let alone in the intimate house setting near Highbury and Islington. It seemed though, as everyone arrived that we were all there for that very reason: A chance to witness some very special musicality. Read more at: Gig Review & Interview: MALMØ: Secret London House Show

Chasing Deer at The Hope and Anchor
Giving off a sense of professionalism even in their set up, the anticipation within the venue built to a level equalled only by the sound sweeping through the PA system. Generating a ‘Live at the Apollo’ feel, a pre-recorded tannoy style announcement welcomed them to the stage and heading straight into ‘Miracle’, you knew the performance was going be something incredible. Read more at: Gig Review: Chasing Deer at The Hope and Anchor

Interview with Chasing Deer
At the heart of Chasing Deer is a passion for performance, songwriting and bringing experiences to new audiences. The feeling of performing the music live to an appreciative audience and creating unforgettable experiences for them is the reason why we are in the business in the first place. Read more at: Behind the Music: Interview with Chasing Deer

Sophie and the Giants: The Light
Beginning in a way that sits perfectly between mainstream and atmospheric, the opening of ‘The Light’ feels as enticing as can be. Blending hummed melodic content and chord based accompaniment, it’s a relatively unassuming sound but seamlessly shifting into the initial verse you get some hint of what is it come. Read more at: Track Review: Sophie and the Giants: The Light

Interview with John Adams
I pretty much write all of the time. If I’m in the cinema or at a concert I’m noting down lines to inspire me at a later date. If I’m driving I’ll record voice notes to come back to and generally I find myself latching onto particular phrases in a conversation or something I’ve seen on a bus stop. Read more at: Behind the Music: Interview with John Adams

Interview with HunBjørn
I get really inspired by listening to other artists, often live, so I see a lot of concerts, and listen to a lot of different music. One of my favourite go-to-bands for inspiration is Blonde Redhead, whom I’m a BIG fan of. Read more at: Behind the Music: Interview with HunBjørn

MarthaGunn: Saint Cecilia
Delivering immediate momentum, rhythmically ticking high hat and accentuated bass lines introduce us to Saint Cecilia. Like the band themselves, she is determined, full of anticipation and sure to give us incredible musicality. Read more at: Track Review: MarthaGunn: Saint Cecilia

The Ashton Jones Project: Good Thing Guaranteed
Getting us into a funked-up mood instantly, chromatically harmonised horn lines greet us. Infectious as can be, it breaks the silence prior to hitting play in the most musical of ways and falling off at the end, it’s three seconds – yes three seconds – that guarantee it will only become even more so. Read more at: Track Review: The Ashton Jones Project: Good Thing Guaranteed

Interview with Ida Wenøe
As long as I ‘go’ somewhere, it usually kick-starts inspiration. I really like to go somewhere remote. Last time it was a cottage in Värmland, Sweden. But sometimes it’s when you least expect it, surrounded by noise, on the road or just before a show where writing a song is the calm you find in the storm. Read more at: Behind the Music: Interview with Ida Wenøe

Lena Morris: Never (Is an Awfully Long Time)
Giving us an instantly timeless sound, the melodic blues guitar lines and waltz rhythms take us to a bygone era. It feels intimate and enticing as can be and with the instrumental elements beautifully setting up the smoky-room-esque atmosphere of the track, it feels incredibly polished. Read more at: Track Review: Lena Morris: Never (Is an Awfully Long Time)

Interview with Lena Morris
My songwriting process varies a lot. For my latest single, it came from a sentence I heard, so I started playing around some chords, and wrote the lyrics around that sentence and topic. This time it started from a lyric but sometimes it starts with a chord progression on guitar or piano, sometimes with a bass line, sometimes with a poem I’ve written. Read more at: Behind the Music: Interview with Lena Morris

Freya Roy: Say Something
Balancing a mix of atmospheric musical transportation with down-tempo waltz-like accents, Say Something makes for the perfect contrast to ‘Midnight Train’ which precedes it on ‘Ahlke’. Full of depth-generating reverb, it feels instantly sophisticated and soothing us through a multitude of emerging instrumental melodic lines, you could, like the rest of the album, listen to this opening for hours. Read more at: Track Review: Freya Roy: Say Something

Interview with Freya Roy
I am influenced by all sorts of artists within the realms of Jazz, R&B, Soul and Hip Hop. Since my jazz studies, I am attracted to the colours from jazz harmonies and melodies. Improvisation also plays a big role in how a track comes together. Read more at: Behind the Music: Interview with Freya Roy

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