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

 

 

 

Former Kyshera front man James Kennedy returns with emotional music video ‘Unconditional’

James Kennedy, former front-man of alternative rock group Kyshera, returns with his first solo project ‘Home’. He recently released a stunning video for the emotional track ‘Unconditional’, which premiered on rock website Rocktopia

After touring constantly with Kyshera, Kennedy found himself falling into a deep depression, inspiring him to write his first song ‘Unconditional’ from his debut solo album ‘Home’. James began reflecting on his life during his period of depression and found he was neglecting what he felt was important in life, such as family and friends.

‘Unconditional’ expresses the singer’s gratitude to those in his life who have shared this emotional journey with him. The video displays love in its many forms, whether that be for your partner, your mum or even your dog, all accompanied by the catchy melodies of Kennedy’s new style. Guitar solos and James’ trademark raspy vocals only add further emotion to the already touching video. Showing the universal message that love is always unconditional, even in the worst of times, James chose to focus on real families in the video, with his parents and grandmother actually making an appearance!

 

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

Homesick Mick combines his anti-Sir Philip Green campaign with highly anticipated debut EP release

Singer-songwriter Homesick Mick finally announces he shall be releasing his greatly anticipated debut EP ‘Black Hole Friday’ in time for the annual Black Friday sales. Passionate Mick has combined his released with #philipfreefriday social media campaign, asking shoppers to boycott Sir Philip Green’s stores on Black Friday. His aim is to try and persuade the billionaire to pay the lost BHS pensions to his former staff members.

In an effort to gain supporters Mick has created a set of campaign videos which you can view here:

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The EP is a taster of his upcoming debut album ‘The Mysterious Abduction & Return of Homesick Mick’, which was recorded in multiple studios worldwide and was mastered at Abbey Rd. The album is set to be released Friday 13th January on various platforms.

Israeli singer-songwriter Leat Haber releases debut single ‘Wait For Me’

Israeli singer-songwriter Leat Haber releases her debut single ‘Wait For Me’ from her upcoming EP ‘Flying On A Kite’. Using equipment from 50s and 60s, Haber has a vintage style with clear influences from Dolly Parton, Tracey Chapman and Amy Winehouse.

Based on the TV series ‘MadMen’, ‘Wait For Me’ explores Haber’s feminist ideology and her happiness towards the fact that in today’s society women can speak their mind freely.

Having raised money for the video off Crowd Funding with the sum total of £2000, ‘Wait For Me’ video is a must watch.

Watch the video for ‘Wait For Me’ here:

Links:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/leathabermusic/

Bandcamp – https://leathaber1.bandcamp.com/album/flying-on-a-kite

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/leathabersingersongwriter/

Arcade Fire’s Will Butler Releases “Friday Night” Live Album

Arcade Fire’s Will Butler has announced Friday Night, a live album recorded mostly during a June 2015 performance at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall. The album comprises five songs from Butler’s Policy debut LP, two songs he recorded for The Guardian as part of a songwriting project, and five brand new songs.

The poppy artwork was designed by “Broad City” star Abbi Jacobson which is super striking.  Below is the track-listing for the album and you can also watch a live recording of Policy cut “Take My Side.” Friday Night is out now via Merge.

Friday Night:

01 Encore – Tell Me We’re All Right
02 Introduction
03 You Must Be Kidding
04 Son of God
05 Sun Comes Up
06 Madonna Can’t Save Me Now
07 Something’s Coming
08 Anna
09 II
10 Sing to Me
11 Public Defender
12 Take My Side
13 Encore – Friday Night

Butler said of the album:

“Think of this as a comedy record. In some ways literally-Brooklyn comedian Jo Firestone does the introduction and the “solo” in “Friday Night”-but also, it’s an album based on working out ideas in a room full of people, playing off their energy and expectations. It’s about taking complicated emotions and wringing communal joy from them, and then translating that joy onto record. So here you go!”

Check out “Friday Night” on iTunes here!

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

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