Posts Tagged ‘acoustic’

May 9, 2018
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I really don’t know much about Isle Of Wight, even though its one of the most popular English islands around. I only know of it due to the long-standing British music festival that occurs there every year. But I’ve come to learn that I’m in love with this singer songwriter, Swan Levitt, who hails from the island. He recently released a deeply affecting folk song named Alive from his highly anticipated debut EP, and it’s quite the intimately moving piece. Alive’s heartfelt lyrics detail an event involving a close friend, and the fast rising artist’s grainy voice seems ready to crack under the weight of his anguished emotions. The acoustic-folk ballad is beautifully heartbreaking, to say the least.  It builds slowly, swells gently, with lush strings and poignant fervency. Speaking on Alive, Swan said; “Alive is a song about loss. It’s primarily about a close friend who battled with cystic fibrosis. However, it has wider meaning. Family, friends, memories (good and bad). I think most people can relate to some kind of trauma, so ‘Alive’ should resonate with them”. Pre-order Swan Levitt’s self-titled debut EP, here.

May 4, 2018

Let’s kick of a humongous new set of fine tunes with something exquisitely beautiful. Portland, Oregon’s Haley Heynderickx stops time itself with her folksy indie strummer No Face, which arrives ahead of her U.S. headline tour this summer. The song, which is accompanied by a stop motion music video, is two minutes of tenderly haunting perfection. No Face is a soothing balm, yet it carries much raw emotion, too. We nearly want to hold our breaths through it’s short ephemeral duration. The way it leaves us hanging, wallowing in our own remorse, urges us to hit the play button, an imperative must. The singer songwriter released her debut album I Need To Start a Garden on Mama Bird Recording Co. recently, and it’s been receiving a lot of accolades since. You can find the record, here. Find out about her forthcoming tour, here.

April 19, 2018

Last month, Sweden’s Violet Days recruited Echo Park crooner morgxn for her latest acclaimed pop single, a gorgeously stirring gem named Somber. And now, the pair have reunited for a new acoustic video for the track. I found myself utterly transfixed by this stunning rendition, on which both singer songwriters turn in exceptional vocal performances. Their pure, harmonious voices intertwine tenderly with the song’s dewy keys. It’s a heartrending, lachrymose experience involving two rising stars. Listen to the original version of Somber below. 

April 13, 2018
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If there really were a “broken hearts club”, it’d probably be really hard to become a member. There are a lot of broken hearts in this world, and we’re all clamoring for some comfort and respite from the anguish and torment that the affliction brings us. Just remember, we’re not alone, and we have gnash to sooth us with his new lullaby now, too. The California producer surprises us with a chill, acoustic alt-R&B route on “the broken hearts club”. Lonesome guitar strums and gnash’s soft, heartfelt vocals tug at our capacity for empathy and commiseration. Heartbreak has never been more exquisite and endearing. For a moment, we’re actually thankful we get to feel every tiny twinge that comes with heartaches. We wouldn’t want to be left out of this club and miss out on wallowing with gnash. Download/stream “the broken hearts club”, here

April 10, 2018
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Do you remember when Bishop Briggs was simply known as Bishop? We sure do, because that’s when we fell head over heels for her stunning vocal skills and vehemently riveting tunes. We’ve been devout supporters and fans of the Los Angeles based singer songwriter since, and we’ve watched in joy as her star ascended. River will always be one of our all time favorite Bishop tracks. If you thought the original was incendiary, wait till you hear her voice on this new acoustic version. Every fine detail is on full display in this stripped down version, and it’s nothing short of jaw-dropping (we can’t shut our mouths, sorry, Bishop). We can’t help but look forward to Bishop Briggs’ debut full length Church Of Scars, out April 20th. You can pre-order it like we did, here. Bishop was recently announced as part of Alt 105.3′s stacked lineup for BFD 2018, going down on May 13th at Concord Pavilion. She last performed in the Subsonic Tent a couple years prior.

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.

March 10, 2018

Young Blood, along with Punching In A Dream, were some of the very first songs that made us fall head over heels for New Zealand’s The Naked and Famous. It’s hard to believe how long ago that was, and how much that time period feels like a whole lifetime ago. The Naked and Famous have been growing and changing over those years, too. They’ve just released their new acoustic album. Two of the founding members of the band, Aaron Short and Jesse Wood, have made the decision to leave. And The Naked and Famous have just embarked on a new tour for their new album, A Still Heart. Today, we get to watch a music video for their gorgeously stripped back, tenderly strumming rendition of Young Blood. We melt into its exquisite melancholy and Alisa’s delicate voice. Our hearts flutter in joy at the prospect of hearing the song live tomorrow night, when The Naked and Famous plays to a sold out crowd at the Swedish American Hall in San Francisco, with IHM favorite Luna Shadows on keys. It’s going to be a magically heartrending night as we come full circle with The Naked and Famous. Young Blood (Stripped) is available, here. Find out about their new album A Still Heart and their forthcoming tour dates on their website, here.

March 6, 2018
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Splinters may be understated and austere, but it packs an emotional punch in its poignant lyrics and 18 year old newcomer Ellie Occleston’s beautifully clarion, ardently moving voice. Her piano ballad feels like an intimate confessional, or a comforting soft gust of wind that gently wraps itself around the heart. The London based folk singer songwriter has reeled us in with her anguished lament, its “splinters” resonating with the splinters we carry in our own hearts.  The debut is undeniably bittersweet, yet such a euphoniously stirring stunner. Grab the gorgeous song from iTunes, here.

March 6, 2018

I’ve already listened to this many times since it first surfaced late last week, but I thought I’d drop it on for a share too. Back in the mid 90s, Johnny Cash covered Soundgarden’s Rusty Cage. Long after Cash passed away, Chris Cornell returned the sentiment and recorded a song with Cash’s own words as lyrics, and the end result gives me chills. Not only is Cornell’s voice stunning on the acoustic track (as expected), but now that we’ve lost both legends, listening to You Never Knew My Mind is also unimaginably heartbreaking. The recording is part of a new compilation named Johnny Cash: Forever Words, on which an array of musicians creates new songs out of unpublished Cash works. The compilation arrives April 6th. Pre-order, 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.