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.

 

 

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

https://twitter.com/Pallabsmusic

https://soundcloud.com/user-135003185

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

https://pallabsarker.com/about

 

 

 

Beldon Haigh marches on with latest protest song ‘Land of Hope’

Donald Trump was the first victim of Beldon Haigh’s expertly written protest songs, but now he has moved onto a much more pressing issue: that of the current refugee crisis.

Without a single person to aim his protest at, this was clearly a very different task for the experienced songwriter. Back in the 80s, Beldon played in a number of bands including Mikifin and Boxing Clever and he’s transferred his experiences from this into forming his beautifully crafted songs of significance.

The new single, ‘Land of Hope’ was inspired by the horrifying image of Alan Kurdi; a 3 year old Syrian boy who been washed up on a Mediterranean beach after his family had tried to reach Europe. It was an image that caused a media storm, but it also caused a storm in Beldon who simply had to combat what he’d seen by getting it down in a song. The result was ‘Land of Hope’.

Beldon’s follow up to the anti-Trump song ‘Freedom’, features more of the same classic songwriting tendencies that Beldon has built his name on, but with a more upbeat tone than his first single. Whilst ‘Land of Hope’ may seem a little too happy in tone for a song that’s addressing a serious issue of humanitarian concern, it is this that gives the song its rousing vibe and makes it feel like people should get up and do something about it.

All proceeds from ‘Land of Hope’ are being donated to IndiGo volunteers charity who are helping the aid agencies when it comes to providing logistics and support to the refugee crisis.

Find out more on Beldon Haigh here:

Links:

https://twitter.com/beldonhaigh

https://www.facebook.com/Beldon-Haigh-Freedom-An-Anti-Trump-Protest-Song-1270990246327550/?fref=ts

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/freedom/id1195525999?i=1195526008

The Undefinable Lisa Richards

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!

 

Links:

http://www.lisarichardsmusic.com

http://www.twitter.com/mymadmusic

https://soundcloud.com/lisarichardsmusic

http://www.facebook.com/lisarichardssongs

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

‘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

 

Female fronted electronic pop group Kid Cupid release fiesty single ‘Broken Down’

Female fronted electronic pop group Kid Cupid explore internal conflicts with their latest single ‘Broken Down’. Fusing soul, electronic and indie rock to form an infectious style like no other, Kid Cupid capture the atmosphere and attitudes of society, using their music as thought provoking social commentaries.

Their unique outlook on life is represented in the feisty single ‘Broken Down’, about someone fighting back and making a change for the better. The hauntingly slow build to a defiant crescendo takes the listener on a journey of discovery.

The quartet draw comparisons to London Grammar and Chrvches but Kid Cupid focus on backing vocals that compliment lead vocalist Laura Shaw’s strong voice, making them have a unique edge.

Listen to ‘Broken Down’ here:

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/kidcupidmusic/

https://www.instagram.com/wearekidcupid/