Posts Tagged ‘BANNERS’

November 7, 2017

Our long time favorite and heart pummeling crooner Michael Joseph Nelson has released his new EP as BANNERS, and the Liverpool singer songwriter continues to move the soul and tug at every corner of the heart with his anthemic ballads on the release. Empires on Fire is the title track from the five track alt pop release, and it’s quite the widescreen burst of catharsis, particularly propelled by Nelson’s ever affecting voice. It’s a must for fans of Keane or Coldplay’s key tinkling, guitar effusive ballads. BANNERS also recently unveiled a music video for EP opener and previously featured stellar song, Someone To You. Watch the clip below.  Stream BANNERS’ Empires On Fire EP in full on Soundcloud, here. Get it, here.

September 16, 2017

Liverpool singer songwriting project BANNERS never ceases to amaze and move us with that incredible voice and his heart rending music. Michael Joseph Nelson hasn’t skipped a beat since the days when he made his debut as RAINES, and he’s about to release another tour de force EP this fall. Once more, he holds our hearts in the palm of his hand as he serenades us with his sentimental alt pop on Firefly. Its grandiose soundscape, complete with post-rock like keys and guitar, is a breathtaking and cathartic affair. BANNERS says: 

“Firefly is about meeting someone who makes you feel brand new, like you can be anything. The feeling that any distance between you is too far and that nothing and nobody else in the world really matters.” BANNERS will be announcing new headline dates in the U.S. in the coming months. Firefly is out on iTunes, here.

June 15, 2017

MOOSIQ MOSAIC : 06.12.2017 – 06.13.2017

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June 12, 2017

I still remember clearly the day when I first stumbled upon BANNERS’ ever melting music. It was well over two years ago, and the Liverpool singer songwriter was going by the name of RAINES at the time. You could say my heart was Michael Joseph Nelson’s from the moment debut single Ghosts met my ears. It’s been a year and a half since BANNERS released his gorgeously stirring self titled debut album. True story, earlier this month I was wondering to myself where BANNERS has gone and what he’s been up to. As oft seems to happen, soon after I ruminate over missing someone’s music, something new arrives. Behold, Someone To You, a magnificently stomping folk inflected alt pop anthem on which Nelson’s velvety cushioned voice full on soars. Someone To You is the prelude to BANNERS’ upcoming second EP, scheduled to be released in August via Island. The single is described as uplifting and universal, with elements of Mumford & Sons and Ed Sheeran. To me, Someone To You is still so warmly emotive in a manner that is 100% BANNERS. The single is out on iTunes, here. I’m excited. New EP in August can only mean lots more moving music from BANNERS over the course of an about to be very magical summer. 

January 30, 2017

MOOSIQ MOSAIC : 01.27.2017 – 01.29.2017

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January 27, 2017

From those very first days as RAINES, BANNERS’ Michael Joseph Nelson has been melting our hearts with his poignant and beautiful music. The Liverpool native will be embarking on a new 14 city headlining North American tour come February 8th, and I highly recommend you make it out to one of the shows. Michael’s voice is even more magnificent live, if you can believe that to be possible. In the meantime, BANNERS premiered a music video for recent single Holy Ground, a tender drifter with rich orchestral swells. The video even stars actress Ashley Greene (Twilight, Rogue). It’s a visually captivating treat for the eyes while BANNERS leads us on a path to emotional catharsis with his soaring ballad. You can purchase the single now from iTunes.

December 15, 2016

Is there anything as tenderly moving and beautifully stirring as BANNERS’ Start A Riot? It’s been over a year since the song surfaced, but I still melt into a puddle every time I hear it, particularly when he serenades the crowd with the song live. Blondee, a producer from Germany, gives Start A Riot a springy bounce with a gorgeous deep house remix. Blondee’s Start A Riot stays true to the original’s rhapsodic demeanor, but we’re presented with a dance ready friskiness that urges our feet to move. Grab the crisp dance jewel, here.

September 28, 2016

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September 27, 2016

It’s been a long while since we heard anything new from Liverpool’s BANNERS, and though I’ve been fortunate enough to have my heart melted by his exquisite voice a number of times in person this year, there’s nothing quite like the excitement of hearing a brand new tune. Though we’re used to the musician’s bittersweet stirring, tender atmospheric alt pop, BANNERS chooses to take a slightly different route on Into The Storm. He’s presented us with a vivacious chugging alt rock marcher, a lifting assurance of support regardless of what may come, rain or shine. This robust cut is a heart pumping delight, a fearless and hopeful anthem as touching as it is empowering. The single is out now on iTunes via Island Records.

January 19, 2016

The very first time I encountered BANNERS, the UK based singer songwriter was going by the name RAINES. He sent shivers through my soul and melted my heart with his voice and a stunning debut named Ghosts, then proceeded to do so over and over again with the handful of songs that he revealed as BANNERS in the next year or so. This week, BANNERS has unleashed his debut EP, a five track emotional tour de force made up of several songs we’ve been swooning to for some time now and a couple of new ones. Out of the new tracks comes Gold Dust, a perfect soundtrack for these cold January days. The grandly lush and stirringly heartfelt ballad leaves me in sublime shambles. The incredibly gorgeous song boasts a majestic expanse with its sweeping burst of surging spirit. I can’t wait to hear it live when BANNERS plays Popscene in San Francisco on January 26th. Head over to Soundcloud to listen to BANNERS’ sensational EP in full if you feel like having one of the most profound and moving experiences you’ve had all year so far.