Posts Tagged ‘blues pop’

September 20, 2017

Riley Pearce is having quite a year. He played his first international shows in London, picked up a WAM ‘Song of the Year’ Award in his native Australia, had one of his songs featured on US hit show Shadowhunters, and racked up over 35k views in 24 hours for his latest music video, backed by Triple J ‘Unearthed’. The disarming clip is accompanied by the rising artist’s latest single, Misplaced, a beautifully morose ballad on which his stunning vocals are on full display. Soulful pop meets rootsy rock on this moving aria, redolent of Bon Iver, Aquilo, and Hayden Calnin but with a hearty twang. Speaking on the track Riley states “I wrote Misplaced early on in a new relationship. I was really anxious and unsure of what I wanted and whether it was all going to work out. It’s pretty hard when two people like each other but are so different. It’s a brutally honest song… probably the most from I’ve written.” Misplaced is available from iTunes, here.

June 4, 2017

Though I’m sure she had fine reason in doing so, I’m still feeling crestfallen after Meg Mac cancelled her summer tour, which would have brought her to the Independent in San Francisco later this month. Though the ticket I purchased eons ago has already been refunded, I’m hoping the rumors that she’ll be rescheduling the tour are true. After all, the Australian sensation blew me away at SXSW a few years ago, and I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing her again since. For now, she amplifies my incessant need to re-experience her smoky soulful voice and her vintage styled alt R&B & bluesy pop live with a new single named Maybe It’s My First Time. Meg Mac explains that the song is about trying to get through a bad time. “When you’re hurt, you can keep going over and over the pain in your head and drive yourself crazy. I wanted to stop all that and only look back once and be done with it. To cruise past my pain instead of living in it”. Maybe It’s My First Time was recorded in Fort Worth, Texas, with Niles City sound, the producers and players behind Leon Bridges. 

December 30, 2016
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Considering everything that’s happened this year and in particular for me, this past month, I could really use a jaunty pick me up, one still rife with emotion and bursting with sentimentality. Rich Jones, a Chicago artist new on my radar, delivers exactly that on alt pop ballad Everything. This piano driving, soulful clapping song is a whole lot of uptempo infectiousness. Everything is the first single from Rich Jones’ upcoming project VEGAS. You can watch the music video for Everything below. Rich Jones also followed up Everything with another excellent tune named Deja Vu. Stream below the video and marvel at the electro richness of this throbbing sonic adventure, one so very different from Everything. 

September 11, 2016

Here’s some fantastic news for long time Leon Else fans like me: the British singer songwriter, musician, and dancer has signed to Interscope Records, and he’s debuted his first new music with the label in the form of Black Car. This new single come with a gripping music video, too. Black Car is a finger snapping soulful alt affair, a bold simmering, bluesy snarling display of edgy artistry delivered with much smoldering magnetism. Leon Else’s inspirations, including David Bowie, Prince, and Queen, are on resolute display. The artist stars in Black Car’s eerie surreal film noir alongside actress/model Suki Waterhouse (The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Pride and Prejudice, Zombies). Black Car can be purchased now from iTunes.

March 2, 2016

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A victory dance I’m literally inclined to do after encountering Manhattan five piece Victory Dance and their infectious brand of alt pop and indie rock. The first single from their The Spectrum EP is a raucous scorcher, a bluesy pop anthem named Memphis. Jack White swagger and Imagine Dragons melodic punch come together in an unstoppable sonic implosion of gritty grandeur. The five members from the newly formed band come from a bevy of other projects. Victory Dance’s pulse quickening passion shines through on the rest of their The Spectrum EP, too, which you can stream in full and purchase on Bandcamp. I’ll likely be sharing more tracks off the EP in coming days, so stay tuned for more of my favorite tracks off the release. The Spectrum is already available on iTunes.

December 5, 2015
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Norma Jean Martine is a singer songwriter who’s written for many other talented artists. Though based out of London now, she’s originally from New York. Lucky for us, she seems to be launching a sensational solo career and just released her debut EP, Animals, last month. The second track off that EP is a gracefully haunting pop gem named Butterfly’s Dream whose bluesy keys and blissful vocals are the perfect heart warming combination on this frigid winter morning. Head over to Soundcloud to stream Norma Jean Martine’s Animals EP in full.

Hozier – From Eden

February 6, 2014

Irish soul singer songwriter Hozier still has me floored with his mind blowing and dramatic single Take Me To Church, which I featured last year. Today, he’s back with a more romantic, heartache encapsulating, and laid back track titled From Eden, which premiered last night on BBC Radio. The beautiful song will be on his new EP out on March 31. Revisit Take Me To Church below From Eden, because the bluesy, grandiose song is too good to be missed.

Hozier – From Eden

February 6, 2014

Irish soul singer songwriter Hozier still has me floored with his mind blowing and dramatic single Take Me To Church, which I featured last year. Today, he’s back with a more romantic, heartache encapsulating, and laid back track titled From Eden, which premiered last night on BBC Radio. The beautiful song will be on his new EP out on March 31. Revisit Take Me To Church below From Eden, because the bluesy, grandiose song is too good to be missed.