Posts Tagged ‘piano ballad’

December 5, 2017
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Earlier today, I commented about the sheer amount of R&B/pop and electronic/dance tracks that sound utterly similar to one other these days, each one blending into the next, and rarely a one that stands out memorably. But I also noted that there’s always diamonds in the rough, even though there’s a whole lot of rough to sift through to find them. Fast forward to this afternoon, and one such shining diamond miraculously appeared on my plate. Though I can’t find much information regarding newcomer Hemi Moore, he left me with my jaw on the floor with what looks to be his first single, All My Sins. Its R&B soul is intimate and sincere, forlorn and raw. Hemi Moore’s voice tugs at our hearts with its soulful power and vulnerable fragility. It’s as if it’s about to splinter under the weight of his emotions. He bares his heart, confesses his sins, on the phenomenal track. All My Sins is sure to pick up a whole lot of buzz in the scene, and we can’t wait to learn more about Hemi Moore.

August 23, 2017

Though Nashville group Elliot Root has a debut full length scheduled for release this fall, new song Stay is our first encounter with the band. What struck me immediately when I waded into this soulful piano ballad was its vocals, which are sooty and sultry, plush and pilose. Stay is a gorgeously affecting, sophisticated and charismatic taste from Conjure, which Elliot Root will be releasing on August 25th via E.R. Recordings / Thirty Tigers. I’m more than happy to ‘stay’ with Elliot Root as we look forward to hearing more from that debut LP. You can pre-order Conjure, here.

July 24, 2017

Lykke Li covering the Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody is as close to music heaven as it gets. Though the beloved Swedish singer songwriter’s cover isn’t new and has been thriving on the internet for quite a few years, it’s just been released as a proper single (on iTunes, here). And it’s so beautiful that we need to take a moment and listen to her breathtaking rendition of the timeless classic, now. Unchained Melody is easily one of the most romantic songs of all time. Lykke Li brings out its inherent sadness even more with her tenderly sorrowful cover. As usual, there’s no resisting falling anew for that remarkably expressive voice. 

July 15, 2017
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If Billy Lockett had a heart shaped locket, the jewel he’s captured inside of it could very well be my own heart. The UK singer songwriter renders me a molten mess with his piano pop and folk pop ballad, Hands Tied. It’s a tender stirring second offering from his forthcoming debut album. Billy Lockett counts Bon Iver, Oh Wonder, London Grammar, Cinematic Orchestra, and acclaimed Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi as influences. No wonder I’m drawn to his music, considering my love of every one of those named. Hands Tied’s close intimacy and bittersweet cooing certainly draw comparison to early Bon Iver, as well as BANNERS and Aquilo. Hands Tied is out today on all digital platforms. 

June 4, 2017
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With every new month comes a brand new gem from Bruno Major. Places We Won’t Walk is the latest song in his ongoing series of monthly releases, which will culminate in the release of a full album later this summer. The tender piano ballad is as stripped down as we’ve heard the UK singer songwriter. Despite its simplicity, Places We Won’t Walk is as stirring as ever. It’s a delicately enchanting lullaby and absorbing serenade on which Bruno Major’s comforting voice soothes the heart while evoking dusty memories of our faded youth. Places We Won’t Walk would be perfect for a quiet afternoon at the park, or a lengthy visit to an open air cafe. I could people watch forever in bliss to the sound of this gorgeous tune. Re-visit Bruno Majors’ prior offerings on his A Song For Every Moon series on Soundcloud, here.

May 5, 2017
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Sigrid is without a doubt one of my favorite new artists this year, and she just released her debut EP, named after that infectiously punchy debut Don’t Kill My Vibe. Fake Friends is one of the four tracks off the Swedish pop sensation’s EP, and it’s nothing short of pop perfection, just like everything else we’ve heard from Sigrid. Its soaring magnificence and Sigrid’s crisp immaculate voice command our full attention. Also on the record is a beautiful acoustic track entitled Dynamite, which you can hear via a stunning video below. I’ve already watched it at least a dozen times. Sigrid’s vocals are sensational on the stripped down piano ballad. They remind me of a cross between Christine and the Queen and Adele. Debut EP Don’t Kill My Vibe can be streamed in full on Soundcloud, here. You can also stream the EP or purchase via alternate sources, here. Sigrid’s a star in the making, and we’re lucky to have her around. 

January 12, 2017

Earlier today, the great Sampha surprised us with a brand new treat, and it certainly had the music heads on my social feeds abuzz with praise. The British electronic and soul artist stops time with stark ballad (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano. This is an undressed ballad on which everything is exposed, be it its mournful tinkling piano or Sampha’s impeccable satin voice. (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano is the definition of perfection, a profound channeling of the heart. The song is out as a single on all major services, here. It will also be found on Sampha’s highly anticipated debut album Process, due out February 3rd and available for pre-ordering, here.

January 12, 2017
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My encounter with this exquisite song comes rather late, but it would be a great disservice not to share such a beautiful aria just the same. Joy Oladokun is a soul musician from Los Angeles, and her voice is immaculate, a pure and divine beacon of light on Poison. Grace abounds on this haunting heartrender. Poison cuts to the bone with its emotionally charged, honest and candid approach. The heartbroken song comes from Joy Oladokun’s debut album Carry, which I’m more than convinced I need to spend a cozy night at home listening to, perhaps with a solitary candle lit and some tissues ready at hand. Carry can be found on iTunes.

December 22, 2016
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It’s the 21st of the month, and not any month at that. It’s December 21st, which means Christmas is just around the bend. One of our favorite San Francisco talents, singer songwriter Devon Baldwin, has one more treat to gift us on her song a month series before we welcome a brand new year. This 21st of the month brings us a snow covered wintry delight. Even from its icy tinkling start, This Christmas is wistful moving. It soon thaws the blustering blizzards of our hearts with soothing beauty and warm crystalline vocals. This Christmas was written from the perspective of Wendy from Peter Pan. Devon explains that Wendy “wants to runaway to Neverland but can’t remember the way on her own.” Deep down, we’re all pining for our own Peter Pans to come rescue us, teach us “how to fly again”, fill us with hope, and take us away to wonderland. This Christmas is a song you’ll want to listen to, late at night on Christmas day, when you’re bursting at the seams with those holiday feels. You can re-visit Devon Baldwin’s prior songs on Soundcloud, since This Christmas will probably leave you with an aching for more of her beautifully stirring music. 

December 22, 2016
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Oh, how I wish I could’ve been present when San Francisco’s own rising indie stars Cathedrals performed their new Christmas song to an intimate congregation of music loving people last week. You can watch the footage of that performance below. Cathedrals’ Johnny Hwin dons a dapper suit, lays down his usual guitar/keys, and bewitches us with dexterous piano skills while Brody, with her sister on harmonies, serenades us with that husky magnificent voice of hers. California Christmas brims with exquisite yearning, and it affects the heart powerfully despite its acoustic sparseness. The more I listen to the song, the stronger the spell it casts on me grows. Cathedrals is giving away the song as a free download as part of their holiday giveaway campaign in which fans can enter for a chance to win goodies like the last of their debut EP vinyls, the fortune of hearing their next single early, other treats, and so forth. The giveaway ends on December 22nd, so hurry up and click, here. In other news, Cathedrals announced the completion of their debut full length the other day, and I, as well as many other people I know, can’t be more excited. We’re looking forward to 2017 with bright and eager eyes.