Posts Tagged ‘hymnal’

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.

November 1, 2017

JYWRRN proceeds to take my breath away with his silky soaring, tender melting voice as he makes his debut on stunning single Closer, out now via BonFire Records. It’s an incredibly heartfelt and moving soulful pop meets alt R&B entrance. Closer is a gospel tinged, airy luscious hymnal from the striking Salt Lake City by way of San Diego talent, who’s written for the likes of T Pain, 2 Chainz, and Sage the Gemini in the past. Closer comes accompanied by a beautifully shot, intimately entrancing music video. You can find the single on iTunes, here, while you eagerly await JYWRRN’s next release alongside us. 

September 28, 2017
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Icy tingles stretch across my skin as choppy glitching, dark haunting synths invite us into No Mono’s debut single, Butterflies. No Mono is a new Australian indie electronic project created by artists Tom Snowdon and Tom Iansek (of Big Scary). They’ve come together to give us a spectral haunting soundscape riddled with ghostly vocals and cold pulsing synths whose suspenseful atmosphere truly leaves me with butterflies fluttering in the pit of my stomach. Butterflies is a gripping spectacular, a mournful yet beautiful hymnal that leaves a deep imprint with its taut tone. You can purchase the single, here.

August 15, 2017
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It’s been eight long months since Matt Woods gave us his Ain’t No Use EP, and almost one and a half years since he blew me away with his incredible vocals and stage presence at SXSW in Austin. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’ve been wondering for quite some time now when we’d hear from the singer songwriter and producer next. The British phenom breaks his silence with a heart stopping new single named Nervous, on which he gives us a stunning falsetto performance that evokes James Vincent McMorrow. It’s a welcome and comforting, familiar and soothing return, since we’ve spent many an hour obsessed with Matt’s prior music. That exquisite voice comes on a downy bed of rich luxuriant electronic production. The combo is deeply stirring, to say the least. No one does “future soul” quite like Matt Woods, who very well may have been one of the first artist’s to coin the term, or at least one of the first to pinpoint its early sound. “Future soul” has taken off on a bit of a trajectory since, with the advent of certain dance culture trends. This could explain why Nervous is tagged as “post-future-soul”, which makes a lot of sense, since Matt Wood’s sound also conjures gospel inspired maestro James Blake and what we used to call “post-dubstep” back in the day. Whatever you want to call it, Nervous is a spectacularly moving hymnal, and a ravishing taste from a new EP named Re:Connection arriving later this year. 

August 2, 2017
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Flourishing UK artist James Cherry blew us away with his phenomenal voice last year when we stumbled upon his third single Break Somebody, which reminded us of Alex Clare and John Newman in the process. He’d already grown quite a support base back at home with his soulful smoldering tunes at the time. The singer songwriter returns to the pages of IHM with a moving new single named On My Mind, which he’s tagged as “aggressive soul”. It’s certainly a powerful hymnal, and a heartfelt sonnet. James Cherry will be releasing an acoustic EP later this year, which I expect to be quite a tour de force and exquisite experience.

July 24, 2017

The other day when I was trawling my Facebook feed for tasty music tidbits, I happened to notice an announcement for an event at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Monday, December 11th. It immediately caught my attention, because it said: “Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton”. I’m sure many of you are familiar with Emily Haines, for her role in esteemed Canadian collective Broken Social Scene, but even more likely, for her leading role in Metric. What some of you may not know is that Emily Haines once released solo music, many eons ago, as Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton. I immediately grabbed a ticket and started rummaging through the internet, because I knew… a tour, means new music. Sure enough, this gorgeous piece popped up. Behold, beautifully haunting Planets and its striking video. Turns out, Emily will be releasing her new album, Choir of the Mind, on September 15th. She gives us her very own harmonious choir on Planets, a dreamy drifting, ethereal wandering hymnal. Listening to Planets, I feel like I want to don the same orange hoodie that Emily Haines is wearing in its video, and walk around an empty room, lost in deep contemplation to her song. Choir of the Mind will arrive on Last Gang Records. Pre-order, here.

May 5, 2017
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We are more than grateful that Bruno Major chose to embark on his song a month series despite all the other projects he seems to be busy with, because each and every ‘moon’ has brought us such sublime bliss in the form of this gifted singer songwriter’s jazzy soulful hymnals. The divine rhapsody that comes our way for May from the North Londoner is a saccharine ballad named Fair-Weather Friend. We’ve all met our fair share of fair-weather friends in life, and we all know how hurtful and heartbreaking it can be when our expectations are not met. At least Bruno Major commiserates with us with his lullaby, a warm tender, quaint cozy ditty and a bosom buddy who knows the sorrows of the heart and who will stand by you through the pain. Bruno Major can be my fair-weather friend any day, as long as he serenades me with his ‘sad songs’ every so often. Perhaps I’ll need some tissue on hand for those tear jerking moments, but I’ll be on cloud nine. You can re-visit Bruno Major’s prior songs on Soundcloud, here.

February 25, 2017
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We’ve been avid fans of Bruno Major ever since his first single half a year ago, so we should be no strangers to his talent, but he’s absolutely floored us with his latest single anyway. Just The Same truly “cuts me to the bone”, as the singer songwriter and producer from North London croons ever soulfully on the tender emotive hymnal. Minimalist bass rumbles gently, creating a haunting sense of spaciousness as the singer songwriter, the brother of London Grammar’s Dot Major, serenades us with his raw impassioned vocals, which seem ready to break under the weight of heartfelt emotion. Just The Same is as much somber as it is cathartic, a proclamation of eternal love. It doesn’t matter how shattering it is, it’s freeing to be able to say no matter what happens, I’ll stay loyal to you, and that’s all on me, it’s my choice. Just The Same’s gospel meets blues is reminiscent of Hozier, Jack Garratt, Cobi, and even James Blake’s stripped down, piano driven ballads. The song is the latest in Bruno Major’s song a month series. Bruno Major wrote Just The Same at midnight on February 2nd. He recorded it the very next day, and it’s that very demo that we’re listening to now, in all its warm crinkly authenticity. 

September 28, 2016
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Aside from appearing as a guest vocalist on electronic duo Love Thy Brother’s stellar new deep house track Holy Days, Brighton singer songwriter Jonny Stemp has also unveiled his latest atmospheric heart render, Purge. From its tender opening chords and Jonny Stemp’s sedate yet emotively beautiful voice, Purge feels cathartic. It’s a deliverance of a song, a slow building display of meticulous grace and grave grandeur. Jonny Stemp single handedly delivers us into the arms of redemption with this stunning hymn, a somberly lifting, spiritually reviving experience.

January 18, 2016

Though they remind me of certain English bands I love, like Two Door Cinema Club and Foals, Hymnal is a new indie rock outfit from New York City. Debut song Cool, released via the band’s first music video, is a full bodied, jaunting introduction to the band to watch. The three piece crush it with their fusion of dance rock vitality and alt rock grandeur on Cool. Don’t miss the dreamy guitar closer, which will take you on a far out trip of head swaying bliss.