News #45: Souvenir Stand, Roxanne de Bastion & Jonah Tolchin

Been listening to a whole host of new tunes this week, here are a few that caught our fancy….

Souvenir Stand – Surprise

A proper single! Under 3 minutes, infinitely catchy with a host of twists and turns and a super cute lead vocal. Oh, there’s something just as good on the flip side as well. Pretty perfect pop from New York’s Souvenir Stand! We picked up our 7″ from the fine folks at Beautiful Strange.

 

Roxanne de Bastion – Seeing You (video)

Talking of great lead vocals and well crafted pop songs, here is the video to the excellent ‘Seeing You’ by Roxanne de Bastion. We are biased, but the live vocal on this is really, really good!

 

Jonah Tolchin – Diamond Mine

You know when you go to a show, get there just in time for the support (who you’ve not heard of) and then get completely lost in what you are watching and listening to? Well that happened to us last night when we saw Jonah Tolchin supporting Chuck Prophet in Brighton.

Jonah’s humble and unassuming stage presence didn’t prepare you for what came next, 30 mins of intense blues-infused songs and storytelling – a quite unexpected and wonderful surprise. This live session gives you a feel for the artist, one we intend to keep close tabs on.

News #44: feat Brooke Bentham, Glassmaps, Roah Summit & Keyan Keihani

A few nuggets from the inbox!

Brooke Bentham – We’ll Be Ghosts

Bring on the goosebumps! This is a beautiful and haunting piece of songwriting, putting Bentham’s vocals right out front. The song swoops and dives throughout, the plaintive guitar and piano backing perfectly compliment the melancholy.

 

Glassmaps – My Head My Heart

Starts off sounding like someone knocking out a tune on a tinny cheap casio, then turns into a huge great blues stomper. Love the wailing guitars that kick in at two minutes.

 

Roah Summit – Secrets

I really, really like this one from Roah Summit and I’d love to give you a point of reference, but I just can’t put my finger on it (is it Bon Iver crossed with MGMT?) Either way I love it.

 

Keyan Keihani – Channing Way

Back on more familiar territory for someofitistrue, anyone described as “draws on country’s lost twang, subtle heartbreak and a dark imagination” usually gets our attention. This track from Keyan’s debut album ‘Eastbound’ certainly does enough for us to want to listen to the whole record. The subtle touches of organ are our highlight on this track

News #43: Justin Townes Earle, Zoe Wren, TOPS & Andrew Combs

Afternoon all, we’ve had a great musical week with two excellent live shows, some exciting times over at Hidden Trail and a wealth of excellent music finding its way to our stereo. Some of our favourites to share:

Justin Townes Earle – Time Shows Fools

As long time admirers of Justin Townes Earle (Harlem River Blues was a fantastic record) and the UK’s Loose Music, we were pleased to hear they are teaming up to release JTE’s latest album, Single Mothers. We’ve had a sneak preview and can assure you that it is top quality – just like this track!

Zoe Wren – Pandora’s Box

There is a fair bit going on in the four minutes of this track from Zoe Wren. The lyrics have a darkness about them and the vocals are so beautiful that an interesting juxtaposition is set up from the off. Zoe gives the song a huge amount of space in which to grow, but it never loses direction or intrigue. A fine song from a confident songwriter. Zoe’s EP of the same name is out on Folkstock Records on 13th September.

TOPS – Way To Be Loved

Our favourite ‘pop’ song in a while is this one from Canadian’s TOPS. An infectious disco groove, soft, understated vocals and a great hook. A fine tune.

Andrew Combs – Emily

Finally we have Andrew Combs, another new signing for Loose Records. Andrew is in the UK on tour at the moment and we were lucky enough to catch him in Brighton last week. A charasmatic perfomer and a fine songwriter who knows how to knock out a sing-a-long tune – such as this one!

News #42: Hattie Briggs, Roxanne de Bastion & Marshall Lewis

Today we introduce someone new (to us), catch up with a long time friend and see the debut EP release from an artist we first heard earlier in the year.

Hattie Briggs – Old Eyes

Hattie Briggs is an artist brought to our attention by the folks at The Loft Sessions. We have subsequently been enjoying her track Pull Me Down, which is part of the latest Fatea free download.

Old Eyes is Hattie’s debut music video. The song is a beautiful lament, that strikes a delicate balance of love, longing and heartache. A great example of how simplicity and truth provide the most moving moments. (For dog lovers the video will leave you in bits as Panda plays his part to perfection!)

We are really looking forward to what comes next from Hattie.


 

Roxanne de Bastion – Seeing You

We are big fans of Roxanne here on the blog, in fact so much so that we convinced her to work with us on our other project, Hidden Trail Records.

Seeing You is the lead track from the upcoming EP of the same name. Produced by Ben Walker, this track see’s Roxanne continue to develop her strong individual sense of storytelling and songwriting. Roxanne’s crisp lead vocal dominates throughout, but the drums and guitar licks add complexity and dimension to the track. We love it – and are pleased to report that the EP has three more tracks of similar quality!


 

Marshall Lewis – Higher Nature EP

Earlier this year we told you about Chapters by Marshall Lewis, a young songwriter from Bloomington, Indiana. Marshall has now followed this up with his debut EP, Higher Nature, six tracks of haunting, Bon Iver-esque tunes that show Marshall consolidating our initial opinion of him – one to watch!

 

Catching up with some old friends! feat, Flash Bang Band, Patch & The Giant and Hella Better Dancer

Hi all, apologies for the recent inactivity on the blog. Our other project, Hidden Trail Records has taken up a lot of time recently!

That said we are always listening to loads of ace new music, so thought we would share some from friends of the blog. Enjoy x

Hella Better Dancer – Like A Child

Hurrah! A new track from one of our faves, Hella Better Dancer. On Like A Child, Josh’s bass takes an early lead (made my desk vibrate a little), before Tilly’s restrained, but haunting vocal kicks in. The song really soars when Soph’s lead guitar is added to the mix. Three great components making a very good band.

Flash Bang Band – Art History

Brighton’s Flash Bang boys release a new video for Art History. They write on rice, the song is great and the album rocks. Our simple advice, “Go listen”.

Patch & The Giant – For Gabriel

How can you not be touched by this true tale from the Patch & The Giant folks!

“On a summer evening in 2013, Patch & The Giant were on their way home from performing at a brewery in east London. In tired and liquored desperation, Luke and Angie made the error of
climbing into an unlicensed mini-cab with everybody’s instruments. When they climbed out,
Gabriel’s violin stayed, whisked away into the night by this illegal trafficker and never, despite the heated efforts of the fools who lost it, to be found. Together embarking on a guilt-ridden journey to atone this loss, they wrote a song, For Gabriel; a celebration of the wonderful man that Gabriel is and a requiem for the sweet, sweet fiddle”

Help ease Luke and Angie’s guilt by downloading For Gabriel here and every penny made from this song will be going into the fund for Gabriel’s new violin (it’s just £1 to download the song!)

 

Introducing #1: Soph Nathan

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Regular readers will know of our admiration for the band known as Hella Better Dancer. We love many things about that band, not least the great guitar licks of  lead guitarist, Soph Nathan. Therefore it’s not much of a stretch to realise we were pretty excited to hear of a new track from the lady herself.
‘Our Girl’ doesn’t disappoint with its fuzzed up guitars and a great vocal. Based on this debut outing we cannot wait to hear what Soph comes up with next.
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‘Our Girl’ is your debut release – How does it feel to share?
It is! It feels really good to share, especially as we’ve had some songs written for a while but haven’t put them anywhere.
Can you tell us how the song came to be?
I wrote it about 9 months ago now, I think it might have been the first proper song I wrote actually. Lyrically the subject matter sort of carried on into other songs I’ve written since so it kind of feels like it’s a starting point in more than one way, which is nice. 
Soph Nathan, Is this a band effort or a solo project? Did you play everything on the track?
It’s a band effort – Josh Tyler on bass and Nick Klar on drums! Some songs will have just guitar and vocals but generally it seems more fitting to play with the band, and feels most exciting too.
Your face looks familiar, where have we seen you before?
I play in a band called Hella Better Dancer, and also in a band called Bayy! I’m playing with some others that haven’t seen the internet yet, but hopefully they will soon.
Can we expect more releases in the near future?
Yes! We have our first gig in August and then we’ll put a song out not too far after that.

Track(s) of the Week #10: feat, Head Over Heart & North by North

Our track of the week is indeed two tracks. We just couldn’t decide which one so are sharing them both, one pop, one rock, and most importantly, both fine tunes!

‘Mama Gold’ – North by North

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Riff heavy rock is something we find ourselves listening to less and less, but ‘Mama Gold’ would not be ignored. In fact it literally jumped out at us through its sheer energy, and a great vocal. From beginning to end this track remains inventive and engaging – and a lot of fun.

Hailing from Chicago, North by North have just released a double -album, ‘Something Wicked’ and this track has certainly convinced us to check it out.

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‘You and Me’ – Head Over Heart

This subtle pop tune feels like it has its roots in the eighties, but lets face it they knew how to write a pop tune back then, and Head Over Heart have made a pretty good job of putting a 2014 spin on it.

Everything about ‘You and Me’ seems understated, the gently delivered vocals and unobtrusive hand-claps. However, what it all adds up to is something very engaging with a hook that makes you want to play it all over again!

Head Over Heart are a duo (Jordan Prather and Belinda Peters) from Tucson, AZ. This is their first ever music video in support of soon to be released debut EP called I Believe You Liar.

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In Bloom #23: Bella Spinks

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Hi Bella, hope we haven’t interrupted anything. What are you up to?

I’m just preparing for a show tomorrow, a choir I am in are performing with UNKLE at the Royal Festival Hall to open Meltdown Festival, it’s incredibly exciting and I get to sing on stage with some amazing people!

You’re a Brighton resident, isn’t the beach, sunshine, etc quite distracting at this time of year?

Quite the opposite in fact! I moved back to Brighton last year after spending some time in London and although I love the bustle of London I missed being able to stand at the sea and know there is space for miles. It clears my head. I couldn’t find that in London. So it’s not distracting at all, it’s very healing and very inspiring.

How do you describe the music of Bella Spinks?

I hate this question….because it’s an expression of me and its much easier to put that in a song than tell you what goes on in my head! I write songs to try to give listeners an experience, so sometimes it gets a bit weird, but mostly it involves a piano, some singing and usually a depressive back story.

We think ‘Music Is What Feelings Sound Like’ Do you agree?

Of course I do. Music is an incredibly emotional experience and everyone has pieces of music that they can relate to. For me, music is therapy.

What comes first for you – the tune or the lyrics?

Neither and both. Every time I write a song the process is different. If I sit down with the intention to write then quite often the piano part will come first, but my favourite way to write is when something hits you out of the blue, be it a melody or a lyric or a rhythm and you just have to run with it- gets me excited.

Please tell us more about ‘Little Bird’. It feels like your most traditional/folky feeling song – how did it come about?

Little Bird was written about a friend of mine who was really struggling to find out who they were. It was my way of saying just keep going, everything is going to be fine.

You have a show in Brighton at The Komedia soon – are you celebrating something? Where can people find out more about the show?

I don’t think I’m celebrating anything…..I don’t play live too often because I like to make my shows the best I possibly can, and for me that means waiting for the right opportunity and preparing well. The Komedia show is very exciting for me because there are two other great acts on the bill – The Moon In The Man and Ellie Ford and I look forward to playing much more when I know the night is going to flow well musically! All the details are on facebook here;

https://www.facebook.com/events/1613893288835730/?ref=5

and you buy tickets here; 

http://sublimemusicpresents.bigcartel.com/product/sublime-music-presents-bella-spinks.

Reading your soundcloud page it seems you were playing the Concorde 2 at age 12. What was that all about? Does your family get some embarrassing footage out when friends visit?

That show was called ‘Teenspirit’ and was a show featuring young acts in and around Brighton. I played it a few times, it was a great way of introducing young people to performing live. The only embarrassing footage that seems to recur quite often is my incessant performing of ‘away in a manger’ when I was about 4 or 5 . I sang it at any given opportunity, whether it was Christmas or not and unfortunately it seems every performance was filmed….

We’ve seen you playing a few shows with local boy Ez Stone recently – can we expect more collaborations in the near future?

Ez is a very good friend of mine, and I enjoy performing with him very much and it is always a pleasure to share a bill with him. Not sure whether there are going to be any collaborations as such, but you never know. Watch this space.

There is a lot of talk over the Glastonbury headliners this year – if you could choose 3 bands to headline, who would it be and why?

Well I would be very predictable and say Regina Spektor, because she is my favourite and I would love to see her perform at a huge festival…If I could choose ANYONE i.e even if they are not alive/not a band anymore..I think I would have to go for The Teardrop Explodes because I think at a festival you need something you can dance to and finally, Olafur Arnalds who has the most epic sound it will make you cry just listening to it on your ipod, so magnified to the extent of headlining Glasto and you would be in for a massive treat.

Thanks to Bella for her time. Keep in touch on Facebook, Twitter or Soundcloud

News #41: feat, Bridie Jackson and The Arbour, Space Daze and Tears & Marble

Our weekly round up of some of the excellent music that found its way to us via the someofitistrue inbox.

We Talked Again – Bridie Jackson and The Arbour

I have to admit that although I knew the name, I’d never heard a song by Bridie Jackson and The Arbour. Thankfully this has now changed as ‘We Talked Again’ is a beautiful, brooding, slow building tune with amazing vocal harmonies. The video plays up the melodrama of the song, making a thoroughly absorbing package.

 

Follow My Light Back Home – Space Daze

Next up is another band I have to admit to never having heard before. Space Daze are a side project of Seapony and if the bright’n’breezy guitar pop of ‘Follow My Light Back Home’ is a good reflection of the rest of the debut LP, then this release is perfectly timed to soundtrack long summer days. A nod to the ‘summer of love’ and a wink to 80’s Sarah Records‘ jangly guitar-pop, lovely stuff. (The LP is available from Beautiful Strange records)

 

Romance EP – Tears & Marble

Enough of the jaunty guitars, let’s get back to something more intense, this time in the form of the debut EP from Tears & Marble. The titles of some of the tracks on the ‘Romance’ EP (Ashes, We Don’t Like You), give a hint to the brooding electronica you’ll find on this release – don’t let it put you off though – these five tracks give the impression of a band with a vision and an understanding on how to execute it – haunting and absorbing.

(At the time of writing the EP is free to download on the bands Soundcloud page)

Brighton News #6: Free Downloads from O. Chapman and Fiona Sally Miller

Some free goodies for you today from two fine, Brighton based, solo artists..enjoy x

O. Chapman – Relapser

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Regular gig goers in Brighton may well have seen O. Chapman plying his trade as a solo folk troubadour (a role he fills well standing at least 6’5′ and commanding more hair than most of us rustle up in a lifetime!) Relapser is quite the departure from those acoustic roots – this is the noisier end of 90s shoegaze – the first band that came to our mind were The Telescopes.

This is the first track from the ‘Discomfort EP’ – which is released on Bandcamp on the 17th June (& for the more discerning indie-kids out there it features production from members of Hella Better Dancer and the vocal prowess of a certain Sophie Jamieson)

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Fiona Sally Miller – A Pause In Between

We may not have heard much from Fiona for a while, but the wait was worth it as Fiona has posted 3 x EPs on her Bandcamp page – and you can download the lot for FREE!

From the more traditional song structures to a score that, “has been crafted from manipulated found sounds, recycled sound and an improvised final layer of vocal, piano, clarinet and guitar.”

Plenty of variation and high-quality throughout – we’ve found a wealth to enjoy in these EPs

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