Mark L. Oakes’ Enchanting Album ‘Call Me The Moon’

Belgian singer-songwriter, engineer and producer Mark L. Oakes is releasing his debut album Call Me The Moon, which he tips as the perfect soundtrack for a karmic road trip.

Although he is from Belgium, Mark adopts a true Americana-folk sound in a particularly adept manner, akin to the likes of the great Neil Young and The Band. Nonetheless, this is not to say that Mark’s music is inauthentic just because he isn’t from America; he has put his own delicate and melodic stamp on a genre that is difficult to get right.

Mark’s music seems to hold the perfect balance of heavy and light textures through the use of soft string sections and heavy, yet subtle electric guitars, as is the case on ‘Aloof Again’.

Other tracks such as ‘Shredded Jeans’ employ harmonious pianos and Mark’s distinct vocals, displaying his quality as a musician for writing emotive folk-infused ballads.

Mark notes that Call Me The Moon is a sort of sonic rebirth for him; ‘a bit like the Phoenix rising from its ashes’.

 

You can find out more on Mark and his music here:

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/mark-l-oakes

https://www.facebook.com/oakesmusic

https://twitter.com/markloakesmusic

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8pq-OE8Cknqw4FwMdfhMLA

http://www.oakesmusic.com

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Colin Clyne rides the ‘Merry Go Round’ – latest single on June 30th

Upbeat acoustic roots tune taken from album ‘The Never Ending Pageant’ – released 21st July

JSisti_20130423_DSC7506-LScotland born folk singer-songwriter Colin Clyne, a versatile acoustic artist as comfortable spinning off an upbeat folk ditty as a heartrending dose of roots melancholy, returns this summer with excellent single ‘Merry Go Round’, taken from album ‘The Never Ending Pageant’.

The single, a straight, driving example of how to write an acoustic folk track with true momentum and subtle harmonies, mixes Clyne’s Scottish folk heritage with a touch of Americana in the vocal arrangements – thanks perhaps to 10 years spent living in California.

It’s the first song from the new LP, both released through Colin’s hometown label Fat Hippy Records, a burgeoning independent label who have also recently signed a deal with fellow Aberdonian – and runner up on The Voice USA – Terry McDermott.

The album was produced & Engineered by Grammy Award Winning Engineer Alan Sanderson (The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Ryan Adams, Burt Bacharach), and you can hear the first single here:

https://soundcloud.com/colinclyne/merry-go-round-1

 

It’s not difficult to see why his fans include influential new music tastemakers such as Jim Gellatly, John McRuvie, STV and Chris Hawkins of BBC 6 Music – the reflection of an impressive independent career that has seen Clyne support The Red Hot Chilli Pipers (internationally acclaimed Scottish touring band) at a Hogmanay gig in front of 6,000 people, as well as appearing at Belladrum Festival, Edinburgh Festival, The Viper Room in L.A, and the Sacramento Highland Games which boasts over 20,000 people.

Another highlight saw him crowned ‘Best Acoustic Act’ at the San Diego Music Awards in 2011 and 2012 (previously winners include Jewel and Jason Mraz), as well as being named by NBC San Diego as one of San Diego’s top 12 Singer songwriters. That particular list contained an elite list of names, including Jewel, Tom Waits and the late Jim Croce.

It marks an incredible career trajectory for an artist whose first cd was rehearsed and written in the cold store of a ship that he used to work in many years ago. In fact, the lifelong ship worker still does stints at sea from time to time, enjoying the time and space as good song writing inspiration.

All very impressive from an artist who, having severed his fingers in his teens having hardly learned a chord, didn’t touch a guitar again until he was 23.

Single ‘Merry Go Round’ will be released June 30th from the album ‘The Never Ending Pageant’ out July 21st.

 

Links

www.colinclyne.com

www.facebook.com/c0linclyne

www.twitter.com/colinclyne

www.reverbnation.com/colinclyne

www.soundcloud.com/colinclyne

Steve Murray releases single ‘Angels & Butterflies’

Frontman formerly of Fast Cars takes single from fundraising album ‘Audio Book’

Steve MurrayPart of the New Wave era with the band Fast Cars, Steve Murray is back with a new sound, a new album and a new single.

 

The acoustic rock track ‘Angels & Butterflies’ is an uplifting track about overcoming adversity, with a strong country vibe and a distinctive vocal performance by Murray himself. It’s a great example of the new approach he’s taken for his new album, a mellow, stripped back style of rock that suits his voice perfectly.

 

You can hear the single here: https://soundcloud.com/labelled-independent/steve-murray-kingbird-angels

 

The LP itself, ‘Audio Book’, was released to raise funds for  a charity called “Georgia’s Children of the World” set up by Steve and his daughter Georgia’s friends,  after  she unfortunately passed away following complications in her third heart operation. Available now but slated for a possible re-issue early in 2014, it’s a strong collection of songs full of positive messages, a value it shares with its writer.

 

‘Audio Book’ is the latest release in an enviable musical career. As well as working on projects alongside the likes of Mark Riley (6 Music), Paul Weller and The Jam and Joy Division, Steve Murray was the songwriter of ‘The Kids Just Wanna Dance’ – a Fast Cars single that is now amongst the top 20 most collectible from the period. Recently released on an album by Californian band Emily’s Army, the song was hand picked by Billy Joe Armstong of Green Day who also produced the album which features his son Joey on drums

 

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