Posts Tagged ‘acoustic soul’

May 19, 2018

Camille Trust’s voice is ridiculously good on her new single Move On, which made its premiere on Billboard earlier this week. It’s beautifully captivating yet smoky raw, encapsulated in the sparse soundscape of the bluesy soulful ballad. The artist from NYC sings about heartbreak and loss on the single from her debut EP, No Other Way, which will be released on May 25th. She’ll be celebrating its release with a sure to be stunning album release show on May 26th at National Sawdust in Brooklyn. 
Move On was written following the separation of an extremely influential person in her life, the song reflects the feelings that were unfamiliar to Trust. “I’m the type of person that would rather have a raw and real relationship than waste time with quick satisfactions,” she reflects on the breakup. “Making the smart decision isn’t always easy and I didn’t know if I could see out to the other side. It’s important to feel and breathe through that pain. During that time, it was difficult for me to speak my mind out loud in conversation, but when this song was created I tapped into a new wave inside of me.” Camille gained a loyal following with her first two singles, No Matter and Lose You earlier this year. Her stage presence and her soulful ambiance have been compared to both Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse. Move On can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

April 19, 2018
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Like Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali, for those who don’t pay attention to sports legends), Cautious Clay keeps knocking us over with his eclectic R&B, hip hop, and pop songs. The Cleveland talent wrapped up 2017 with a bang after releasing songs like Cold War and Joshua Tree, as well as collaborating with the likes of Petit Biscuit and Bipolar Sunshine. And now he’s kicked off 2018 in a similar fashion with Stolen Moments, an acoustic R&B soul melter from his forthcoming EP, Blood Type. The sweetly melancholic, intimately consoling ballad oozes endless regret. With it, Cautious Clay poignantly captures those crestfallen moments after a heated argument, or that morning after when you find yourselves re-living last night’s vehement exchange. His Blood Type EP will be out April 13th. 

March 12, 2018
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At first glance, you probably think this song named “Acoustic” is an acoustic rendering of a previously released song, as I initially did. Turns out, it’s a gorgeous new heartrender from Canadian singer songwriter and musician Billy Raffoul, who continues to melt us with his incredibly soulful and gravelly endearing voice on the intimate strummer. Acoustic is a song for those of you who miss early James Bay. It’s a Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, The 1975, Foals, Jake Bugg) produced gem which also features collaborations with pop goddess of the hour Julia Michaels, as well as Justin Tranter. Acoustic’s video, which you can watch below, was directed by Frank Ockenfels, best known for his portraits of prominent celebrities like David Bowie, Angelina Jolie, Kurt Cobain, and Bill Muray, among others. Raffoul continues to work towards his forthcoming EP whilst on tour with ZZ Ward. Acoustic is available as a single, here.

February 20, 2018

You might recall the many times we’ve shared Alex Vargas’ music in the past. Every time was as enthralling as the other, captioned by the sheer power of his passionately stirring, intensely rousing fusion of soul and electronica, which some have come to coin “electronic noise-soul”. But we’ve never heard Alex Vargas in quite this way, as immensely captivating as he is in this live session for new song, Slowly. The Danish singer songwriter’s immaculate voice near breaks under the weight of the tormented emotions it encapsulates. Slowly was written just a few weeks ago, live on a Danish radio show named Sangskriver/Songwriter, by the request of a young fan who had his heart brutally broken by who he thought was the love of his life. It’s incredible that Alex Vargas can write such a poignant and heartfelt ballad on the fly, much less deliver it with such sincere sentiment and impassioned verve. It’s a gripping acoustic tease of what’s to come this year from Alex Vargas, who will also be headlining Roskilde Festival later this year. Vargas’ 2017 album Cohere is available from iTunes, here.

February 9, 2018
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Nilüfer Yanya blew our minds last year when the young London artist made a stunning debut on Small Crimes, a tender and atmospheric downtempo soul ballad that brought together a myriad of sounds we love from the likes of Daughter, Låpsley, Nina Simone, Jorja Smith, and Lianne La Havas. We immediately named her an artist to watch and she hasn’t disappointed since. Re-visit our feature of Small Crimes, here. This week, Nilüfer Yanya is back with a gently sashaying jazz-pop and R&B soul number named Thanks 4 Nothing. Her mellow and honeyed vocals dance weightlessly across the song’s delicate but fancy guitar curls. Thanks 4 Nothing is a soft and jazzy late night ballad, but it marches its way towards steadfast resolution, too. Watch Nilüfer Yanya’s music video for Thanks 4 Nothing below. The single is out now on Blue Flowers and ATO Records. Find it via major outlets, here.

February 2, 2018
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Every new song from Sam Fischer only serves to reel me in deeper under this Australian-born, Los Angeles-based crooner’s spell. The Los Angeles based singer songwriter breaks our hearts with acoustic R&B pop on This City, a heartfelt and rousing serenade from his debut EP, Not A Hobby. The bittersweet melting aches with sadness and anguish, thoroughly accentuated by Sam Fischer’s ardent cooing, which has never been more spectacular. This City is one for those  late nights, when sleep evades you and heartache casts a long shadow under a lonesome moon. You can also stream the single via Spotify, here.

January 26, 2018
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Some mighty fine music displaying a wide range of genres has been surfacing out of Ireland these days. Our latest such treasured find is a project named RTL, created by an artist named Rob Toal-Lennon who hails from Wicklow. He’s lures us into his world with a contemplative R&B soul song named Father, the opening track from his superb EP “Much Love.”, which he describes as an accumulation of 5 years of planning, writing, & recording. RTL’s attention to detail is more than obvious on inebriating Father. An eclectic array of elements compound the mellow swaying song. He knits together jazzy hip hop, bluesy soul, and acoustic R&B on his chill lilting jam. You can stream RTL’s Much Love. EP in full via Soundcloud, here.

January 25, 2018
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Like many of you, I was totally gutted when I found out about Dolores O’Riordan’s sudden passing. The Cranberries music, and that extraordinary voice, will live on forever in our hearts and memories. Many artists and bands we adore were much inspired and influenced by The Cranberries. As expected, many covers and tributes have begun to surface, and we’re truly digging this cover of Linger by soulful Londoner Moncrieff. It’s an understated and austere ode to the classic hit, a poignantly stripped down dirge dedicated to Dolores. Re-visit Moncrieff’s debut single Symptoms via our feature from a few months ago, here.

January 11, 2018

Once again, a new stripped down acoustic video for an incredible song has keyed us into an amazing rising artist and her music. New York’s Aisha Badru is an urban folk singer songwriter who delivers soul stirring music with a supple & emotive voice. You can watch her perform her recent single Bridges in an intimate setting below, but make sure you watch the video for the original above. Bridges is lifted from Aisha Badru’s debut album, due out this year. It follows on the heels of her 2015 Vacancy EP, which garnered a lot of attention from the advertisement world when her hushed single Waiting Around was utilized for a viral Volkswagen add in South Africa. That buzz continues to grow with delicate and understated Bridges, a tenderly stirring gem that feels like early, dusky BROODS gone ambient, atmospheric Daughter. Bridges is available, here.

December 23, 2017
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It’s usually “me, me and the City” most nights I head out to San Francisco for live music, though those evenings often end up with me bumping into music buddies or running into many familiar faces. That’s what’s great about the always tight knit music community, whether you’re an artist or just a fan. Well, I highly recommend  that those music pals don’t skip out on Josh Tobias, the blooming Brooklyn funk, soul, and R&B talent who’s now returned with a song named “You, Me and the City”. If you’re one of the many people heavily enamored by Tom Misch’s jazzy chill, cozy mellow form of soul, as well as Bruno Major’s snug and comforting, romantic and stripped back music, then you’re going to fall head over heels for this new Josh Tobias track which the gifted musician wrote, co-produced, and performed all by himself. I suddenly want to head up to the City myself on this frigid winter night, with Josh Tobias wafting through my ear. I can cruise those city streets all night long to “You, Me and the City”, while an aching longing for sweet tender romance tugs gently at my heart. This last official single of 2017 from Josh Tobias is a free download, here.