Neethusha: The New Ballad Queen?

Neethusha, a singer-songwriter from Kerala, South India is making waves with her new single ‘Why Did I Lose You’ and it’s getting pretty difficult to hold back the tears. For years Neethusha fought against her conservative surroundings to pursue a career in her life long passion of music and thank the heavens she did!

Neethusa learnt her craft singing in the band Stereogrind in her hometown on Kerala, and was featured on Kappa TV. Furthermore, she also performed at the Facebook India Show and Femina Style Diva in 2015, garnering her a lot of solid experience and exposure and proving to the world she really is willing to work hard to get what she wants.

With essence of Coldplay and Savage Garden, ‘Why Did I Lose You’ is a real tear jerker of a ballad about heartbreak and self reconciliation. Beautiful acoustic guitar gently opens the track, building subtly layer by layer into a emotive, smooth as butter arrangement with string parts and piano lines weaving in and out of eachother. Her vocal delivery is flawless as well, reminiscent of greats like Shania Twain and Celine Dion and performed with an honesty and vulnerability that is seldom heard these days in a world of overproduced, plastic pop. Neethusa is definitely one to watch and her captivating, culturally diverse sound should most definitely stand the test of time!

Show your support for Neethusha here…

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/neethushavc

https://www.youtube.com/user/neethushavc

https://www.facebook.com/neethusha

https://twitter.com/neethushavc

https://www.instagram.com/vcneethusha

 

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Pallab Sarker returns with ‘Not Gonna Fall In Love With You’

Having found success with debut record, ‘Morning in Brixton’, which found underground success across US college radio networks. It earned him a record deal in the States and now the British-Bengali singer-songwriter Pallab Sarker is back with his endearing follow up single ‘Not Gonna Fall In Love With You’.

However, for a long time Pallab led a rather contrasting ‘double life’; he was a press adviser to Minister’s by day, including Lord Digby during the last Labour administration and a musician by night.

On one occasion he merged his two worlds together as he performed a gig in the atrium of the home office in the name of Children in Need, raising thousands of pounds in the process.

After Pallab’s parents fled from the Bangladesh war of independence in the 70s and raised him in Peterborough, Pallab relocated to London during his early twenties at the peak of the brit-pop explosion.

The lively scene that took the music world by storm inspired the budding songwriter who quickly formed a band, ICON, who gigged incessantly across the capital and its lively circuit. Although Pallab is now based in Walthamstow, he has spent a lot of time immersed in the vibrant arts scene of South London, which inspired the single ‘Morning In Brixton’, also taken from his upcoming album, Grey Day.

Since his band days, Pallab has developed his sound as a solo artist and he can now be considered a genuine songbird, whose arresting voice and touching melodies ooze with emotional value, speaking straight to the hearts of his listeners. Within Sarker’s work is a humanizing touch, most clearly exhibited through his kind, clever lyricism and its sonic journey instigating abilities, which can be found on ‘Not Gonna Fall In Love With You’.

Not only this, but Pallab feels strongly about the lack of British Asians being showcased in the indie genre. He points out that British Asians have played a huge role in the development of garage and R&B, but there is little mainstream representation when it comes to the indie singer-songwriter scene: Sarker could well be the poster boy who kicks off a new era for British Asians in this genre.

 

 

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/pallabsarkermusic/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

https://twitter.com/Pallabsmusic

https://soundcloud.com/user-135003185

https://play.spotify.com/album/3bZN8CTCZWu6U6fabqnHpR?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdvQM0GOGAT-GYjJvVwVXQQ

https://pallabsarker.com/about

 

 

 

‘Gaodhal’s Vision’ set for reissue

The classic celtic-rock concept album of 1977 by Joe O’Donnell is being re-issued by the legendary violinist and his band Shkayla as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations.

The reissue is set for release on 14th July and the band have already begun the celebrations by playing two lives shows at The Belgrade Theatre in Coventry at the end of March.

Gaodhal’s Vision was considered a masterpiece when it was originally released back in the 70s due to its unique instrumentation and powerful concept relating to the folklore of Ireland and its cultural heritage. As well as this, guitar god Rory Gallagher featured on the album, playing a number of intricate solos to accompany Joe’s violin. Fortunately, the reissue of the record has managed to remaster these solos, enhancing the overall sound, bringing  Joe’s quality musicianship into the digital age.

Joe was a classically trained musician, but he then went on to join a number f rock bands and realised the connection between Celtic modal and Indian music. Now, with Shkayla, he blends this experience with rock, jazz and even orchestral styles.

Check out more on Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla here:

Links:

http://joeodonnellsshkayla.com/

https://soundcloud.com/shkayla

https://www.facebook.com/shkaylaband/

https://twitter.com/shkayla

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHfqphCzdhiwEgpykm1SQyg

 

Our top recommendation this week is…

Lianne La Havas!

Having grown huge numbers of fans since her break-through track “Is Your Love Big Enough?” in 2012 she is still a fresh voice in the crowd.

Her 2015 album Blood is one not to be missed out of your collection.

Maintaining the elegance of her folk-soul beginnings, the Londoner explores bolder directions on her second album. Announcing this new daring, the psychedelic soul of opener “Unstoppable” slips into a warm, snapping groove on “Green & Gold”. From the gritty pop strut of “What You Don’t Do” to the delicate “Wonderful”, Blood’s changing tones suit an agile voice that can shift from fragility to fire in a captivating instant.

https://soundcloud.com/liannelahavas/unstoppable

She has more recently released an EP Blood Solo. It’s a collection of songs from the album “Blood” but interpreted completely solo – just by Lianne and a series of guitars.
The EP also includes one brand new song entitled “Fairytale”.

Click here to buy “Blood (Solo)” on iTunes

Check out her website here

Haunting new album Cherry Fair from singer-songwriter Stephen Harrison

‘…like postcards from an earlier, purer, more positive time’ – The Sunday Herald on Stephen’s previous album Today Tomorrow

English-born, Scottish-residing singer-songwriter Stephen Harrison delivers this intimate and heartfelt new folk record Cherry Fair.

Having written his own songs since he was a teenager, Stephen got into music through legendary sixties acts such as The Doors, Simon and Garfunkel, Donovan, Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan and George Harrison – the music that his older siblings would listen to.

As a teenager I was writing folk songs on acoustic guitar. Aged 16, I would strap my guitar on my back and head off ‘on my moped’ to places such as the Barnoldswick Folk Club.

During the late seventies, Stephen’s musical interests shifted. Attending the Edinburgh College Of Art in 1977, he was founding member of the post-punk band Metropak. The band supported the likes of The Rezillos and Josef K, and received airplay from John Peel.

Having since disbanded, Stephen has now returned to his folk roots. His new album draws on his experience, exploring an array of pensive topics from unrequited love to reconciliation to the brevity of life.  The subject matter deepens as the tracks progress.

Although minimal in sound, Cherry Fair is the result of a lot careful time and effort, Stephen going to great lengths to achieve the perfect sound using unconventional guitar tunings and a particular picking style. Vocals are often recorded multiple times so that he can achieve the exact phrasing. The result is a very clean and polished record.

Stream the album here on Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/stephen-harrison/sets/cherry-fair

As well as having a passion in music, Stephen is also a keen painter. Emotional tone plays a key part in his interest in the arts.

Artists that Stephen can be compared to include the likes of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, early Lou Reed and Richard Hawley.

 

Cherry Fair is out 9th May

 

Links:

http://www.stephenharrisonmusic.com

https://www.facebook.com/Stephen-Harrison-155502732790/?fref=nf

https://twitter.com/harrisings/followers

https://soundcloud.com/stephen-harrison

Vidal & Curma Release ‘Another Plane’ EP on Tradiio Recordings

Vidal & Curma specialise in writing songs about everyday problems – from the difficulty of maintaining relationships nowadays (‘Another Plane’), to everyday situations that can lead to deep contemplation (‘Tonight’). The final track, ‘Never Say Again’, is about the unpredictability of meeting someone special in a massive city like London.

With each track boasting different elements which make them special individually, the combination of all three tracks makes for a very consistent release. And it’s all tied together with an acoustic irreverence that really sets them apart from other, more pretentious, peers. It’s an approach that clearly works, with the band already getting the attention of Universal Music Group A&R Manager Fausto Donato. Surely a sign of things to come.

This is the first release on Tradiio Recordings, a new record label set up to release the best performing artists on Tradiio, a music discovery app for iOS, Android and Web.

Watch Vidal & Curma perform a live session with Tradiio here:

Tradiio is available here:

Web – http://tradiio.com

iOS – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/tradiio-discover-new-music/id882599955?mt=8

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tradiio&hl=en_GB

Connect with Tradiio on social media:

https://facebook.com/tradiio

https://twitter.com/tradiio

Vidal & Curma Links: 

https://facebook.com/VidalCurma

https://twitter.com/vidalcurma

http://tradiio.com/vidal-curma-1

Dave Fidler ready to unveil ‘Easy Gone, Easy Come’ EP

With a live BBC Manchester session and a feature in national Acoustic Magazine already under his belt, Dave Fidler’s previous single ‘Taking Over’ has really started to make waves for the singer-songwriter. Easy Gone, Easy Come, is the title track from  the new EP which is set to retain Dave’s upward trajectory come June 1st.

Easy Gone, Easy Come Final

The past twelve months for Dave have been a whirlwind of recording sessions and great shows including Glastonbury Festival, Manchester’s Whisky Sessions festival and a forty date tour of the UK as main tour support to John Bramwell who describes Fidler as “absolutely brilliant”. He has also been featured several times by key tastemaker Tom Robinson of BBC Radio 6 Music.

Based in the North West, Dave Fidler is a supremely talented acoustic guitarist, whose folk style and intricate finger picking underneath a distinct vocal has the ability to warm and break your heart in equal measure. His songs spin tales we can all relate to, around themes of love, loss and birth – all themes shaped by Fidler’s own personal life over the last year or so.

Influenced by greats like Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, this is an artist with incredible potential with songs like EP track ‘Easy Gone, Easy Come’, which you can find here:

Produced by Sam Jones (Alex Turner, Corinne Bailey Rae) and John Bramwell of I Am Kloot, the EP is just the latest step in what is shaping up to be a very promising music career.

Music is clearly a true passion for the singer-songwriter, who also runs a music school and charity alongside touring. It’s all very impressive work, and with a barge tour of the UK in the works as well as a potential prisons tour at the end of the year, it’s clear to see that Dave is approaching things in a different way.

If you’re still not convinced, we challenge you to watch his recent session for cult YouTube Channel ‘Ont’ Sofa’ without being supremely impressed:

Links:

http://www.davefidler.com/

https://soundcloud.com/davefidler-1

www.facebook.com/davefidleruk

https://twitter.com/davefid

https://www.youtube.com/user/davefidlerofficial

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