How often is it that you can’t place a musician in a genre or style? Probably not very often as it’s natural to do this when we first hear music; we like to associate and put it in a little box, partly just for our own peace of mind.
However, Australia’s singer-songwriter extraordinaire, Lisa Richards, is one of those artists that simply confounds convention and causes that uncomfortable feeling, like when you can’t remember what other films an actor has been in whilst you’re watching a film. We shouldn’t blame her for this though, in fact, we should commend her for it because coming across an artist like this is not something that happens every day.
Saying this, what we can do is give you an idea of all the little fragmented pieces that make up Lisa’s undefinable style: there’s hints of jazz, a good lashing of folk, touches of blues and the slightest sprinkle of roots and americana – it’s quite the recipe.
But perhaps the most undefinable aspect of her music is her voice, and it is this that arguably makes her music so difficult to categorise. There isn’t much that can be said apart from the fact that it’s liken nothing you’ll have heard before, but it’s sweet and mind-soothing nature seems to fit with all these jigsaw-piece styles that make up her music.
Take a listen to ‘Frank Sinatra’ from her new album A Light From The Otherside which is out now. You can make your mind up for yourself, but I defy you to put this exemplary artist in a box!
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:
Using a classic love story as the basis for their latest track, Warsaw Radio have returned with a beautiful combination of orchestral folk in ‘After Eve’.
The band have taken the story of Adam and Eve and re-imagined it to create their new track. The narrative of the song takes on a unique perspective, imagining if Adam and Eve separated after they are forced out of the Garden of Eden, sung from the perspective of Adam. The imagination present here in the songwriting of Warsaw Radio truly sets their music apart from the crowd before you’ve even heard it!
Warsaw Radio was incarnated in Brighton, 2013 after front-man Brían McNamara read about the siege of Warsaw in 1939. During this time, the Orchestra of Warsaw Radio continued to perform live on the station throughout the siege until their transmitter was destroyed by an artillery shell. McNamara fell in love with the story explaining that “The story really inspired me. Working as an original artist in what can be a tough industry can be hard and having an inspiration like these guys in 1939 helps to keep you going”.
The band are also influenced by a number of cult bands such as Fleetwood Mac, The Waterboys, Wilco and The Frames. With their upcoming tour kicking off at Komedia Brighton on February 8th, Warsaw Radio are ready to take their unique brand of musical storytelling to the masses.
“Irish frontman McNamara has a knack of enveloping the listener with his story telling style song-writing” – Source Magazine, UK
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:
Fuelled by five instrumentalists, Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla blend Celtic, jazz and Indian musical influences to form a completely unique sound for their single ‘Noel Nouvelet’.
Joe grew up in Limerick, Ireland, but in 1996 he moved to Coventry where he first became aware of the Coventry Carol, teaching it to violin students at a evening class. Whilst touring Brittany he learnt the traditional Christmas carol ‘Noel Nouvelet’, which he has now blended with the Coventry Carol to create a truly unique Christmas single – combining Celtic music with Jazz and Indian musical influences.
O’Donnell is famed for his 1977 violin led concept album with Rory Gallagher, ‘Gaodhal’s Vision’.
Shkayla (Gaelic for ‘stories’) blends traditional Celtic melodies, rock and jazz, creating an entirely unique sound.
On Wednesday 14th December Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla will be playing Leam Jazz, held at Leamington Rugby Club, Leamington spa, which will allow the band to feature more of their instrumental and improvisational capability!
Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla is now a power-house five-piece able to generate great energy and excitement, and also capable of the sensitivity and delicacy needed in keeping faith with Celtic music.
With a wealth of experience in the world of rock’n’roll, talented musician INJIN has pursued his own path releasing the captivating track ‘Tennessee’.
INJIN’s story is one of great intrigue and importance. During his early youth, INJIN simply stopped growing. His lack of height led to him being bullied during his school years, but this has only fuelled his songwriting talent. Fortunately, he was one of a lucky few who were able to receive a groundbreaking treatment at the time.
When INJIN discovered music as his passion, he began to work his talents on rearrangements of classic rock songs by bands such as Deep Purple and Pink Floyd and consequently, the influence is evident in ‘Tennessee’.
Listeners may even mistake ‘Tennessee’ for a song from the 80s due to its distinct timbre and throwback vibe. However, this is not to say that INJIN’s music is in any way dated; he has taken a classic sound and reworked it, making it accessible for modern audiences.
Resonating synths and pacific-style wind instruments evoke this 80s feel and they complement INJIN’s potent vocals perfectly. The tonal qualities of his voice can even be compared to the likes of cult 80s bands such Simple Minds and Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
Overall, ‘Tennessee’ is a deep thinker of a track that will have you lost in its swirling melodies and soaring vocals, transporting you away to another place. INJIN is a firm believer that today’s music has lost its personal touch and he certainly brings back an emotive edge in ‘Tennessee’ with his creative and unique instrumentation.
The best Burt Bacharach tribute band have come together to produce ‘We All Love Burt Bacharach’. The group consisting of Peter Erskine (ex drummer of Weather Report), Bob Mintzer (member of Yellowjackets) and one of the greatest jazz pianist Massimo Colombo have collaborated to form an entirely unique album of 13 Bacharach classics. Within the album is 5 instrumental tracks that truly understand describe the several moods of Burt Bacharach’s music.
With strong elements of jazz, funk, pop and folk, ‘We All Love Burt Bacharach’ has a completely unique sound, creating an elegant refined album.
Watch the album teaser here:
Tuffet Bunnies, aka Clem Darling, declares his love for his circus performer girlfriend through his debut folk EP ‘Love Songs For Scarlett’. Darling explains the 4 tracks as sounding like “they’ve been written by a bunch of gypsies that popped out of the back of a caravan”, representing his glow, joy and passion. With a similar sound to Beck and Paul Simon, Tuffet Bunnies has developed his style since being in garage bands with the likes of Two Cow Garage and Jucifier.
Listen to ‘Everything’ here:
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The new single ‘Summer Night on Fairytale Land’ from Portuguese singer-songwriter Pedro Syrah is a beautiful sounding guitar focused track.
The song is the perfect display of his guitar talent and is evidence of his creative genius. His sound is totally unique but the song centres around the theme of love which makes it easily relatable and understandable. The relaxing sound of the guitar layered underneath Pedro’s calming and relaxing vocals make this track perfect easy listening for relaxing evenings. Pedro’s sound is indie-folk inspired and has strong nods towards artists such as Ben Howard and Jamie Cullum.
Watch the video for ‘Summer Night on Fairytale Land’ here:
The accompanying video is equally laid back. It follows around a couple who laugh and joke whilst the lyrics talk of settling down and falling in love. The video is light-hearted and sees them riding a moped and falling in love.
Pedro is well known for his individual tunings and musical combinations and it is not difficult to see how this has already earned him much success. Having already played in world renowned venues in Lisbon his new tracks look set to take him onto even greater things. With influences from 60s progressive rock, classical and Portuguese Ethnic style he is taking the indie rock scene further and deeper on its musical journey.
Overall I would say that this is certainly a track to add to the playlists and I would urge you to keep your eyes peeled for what Pedro will impress upon us next.