Posts Tagged ‘piano pop’

May 9, 2018
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Nine days, that’s how much longer we have to wait before morgxn’s debut album Vital arrives. It’s never been a more exciting time to be a faithful morgxn fan. Not only did he blow us away at SXSW when he gave us an incredibly impassioned performance at We Found New Music/Peppermint Club’s official showcase, but he gave us one of our favorite tracks of the year in “translucent”, too. morgxn recently wrapped up his European tour supporting X Ambassadors, and he’s set to perform at Lollapalooza, Firefly, Cayuga, and Laurellive this summer. And now, he turns our hearts into mush with his immaculate falsettos and a dulcet melting new tune named “me without you”.  He says of the single: “it’s a song about loving someone so much and not knowing what to do when they’re gone. it a song about searching for home when that person is ‘home’ and without them you don’t know home anymore. and ultimately it is a song about recognizing and saying “i love you” before it is too late to say it anymore. i wrote it for my father.” The anguish is nothing short of palpable on the heartrending ballad. Pre-save morgxn’s debut album Vital on Spotify, here.

May 1, 2018
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New Swedish singer songwriter Elina makes a dazzling entrance with her first single, a piano pop ballad named Wild Enough, on which the songbird stuns with her acrobatic voice and dulcet delivery. Resolute statements and raising morale seem to be the welcome fad these days when it comes to female pop music. Elina joins the fray with her heartfelt debut about facing your fears and overcoming self-doubt. Though Wild Enough is Elina’s first official release, she’s already co-written hit songs with other artists, including Sexual by NEIKED. We can’t wait to hear more from Elina. For now, you can also stream Wild Enough on Spotify, here.

April 19, 2018
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We called Jackson Penn a fascinating mystery when the project made its debut late last year with Streelights On Mars, a saccharine melting pop ballad brimming with heartfelt emotion. It’s taken almost half a year for Jackson Penn to bless us with a second song, but here he is, melting our hearts anew with his second song Babylon. And we now know that he’s an LA-based, Manhattan-born singer songwriter and storyteller whose real name is Freddy Wexler, an expert songcrafter who’s co-written songs for Selena Gomez, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Wyclef Jean, Demi Lovato, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, and more. New single Babylon is a soulful, atmospheric piano ballad whose tender moments remind me of Bruno Major, but its sentimentally stirring, rich swelling choruses also evoke BANNERS and SYML. Of the song, Jackson Penn states:

“Bob Marley said that Babylon is everywhere. To me, Babylon is anywhere she is and I can’t be."  Re-visit debut single Streetlights On Mars via our feature, here.

April 18, 2018

We were invited out to an event last week hosted by Jack Daniels named Rise From The Fire, and I’m very much crestfallen that we couldn’t make it, largely due to the fact that it conflicted with day job responsibilities that cropped up that very same evening. Not only was the event part of a 12-city benefit concert series supporting and celebrating brave firefighters and their communities, but the artist performing that night was none other than Irish singer songwriter Gavin James. It would’ve been amazing to take in the artist’s melting voice and affecting music, but at least our misfortune seems to end there. The award winning musician will be releasing a new album this summer, and he’s shared a beautiful new lovestruck ballad named Always. The song arrives just in time for Gavin James’ Coachella performances these two weekends, too. Word is, he’s the only Irish performer at the festival. The gently melodious new single is available, 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 1, 2018
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If you’ve yet to wade into Tyne’s stunning hymnal I’d Like That, consider yourself fortunate for encountering it here. The singer songwriter from Cambridge, England is preparing to play her first headline show on April 10th, and she’s picking up a whole lot of extra buzz now that she’s thawed hearts with her piano pop ballad, a tender and fragile, wistful and delicate indie pop gem on which Tyne’s voice takes our breaths away. I’d Like That is taken from Tyne’s forthcoming debut EP, 111, slated for release April 6th. Watch an engrossing music video for I’d Like That below. You can find her music on iTunes, here.

February 20, 2018

We’re rather appalled that we missed out on this amazing voice from the UK prior to our encounter with her latest single, Silhouette. Grace Carter has already supported both Dermot Kennedy and Dua Lipa live, too. Her powerhouse vocals are soulful and deep, yet sweet and tender. Silhouette is the sort of song that really lets them shine, a sparse piano driven hymnal that feels incredibly honest and raw. A bit of Adele and some Seinabo Sey trickle through the classy and sophisticated ballad, whose video is also austerely captivating with its soft colors and a literal play on the song’s title. Grace Carter plans on releasing her first EP this spring, and she’s surely in for a fast ascent if she continues to serve up immensely moving songs like this one. If you missed her last single Ashes like we did, you can take in more of her extraordinary voice and affecting music through its video below. Stream/purchase Silhouette, here.

January 31, 2018
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D.C. power pop and jangle rock trio Jukebox the Ghost have sprung forth with a vivacious new tune, accompanied by news of a fresh album, too. Off To The Races arrives March 30th, and new single Everybody’s Lonely is a whimsically lilting alt anthem hyper charged with big piano chords and ebullient vocals. It’s a larger than life dazzler with hints of Jack Antonoff (fun., Bleachers), Queen, and even some early cabaret-inspired Panic! At The Disco jubilantly flowing through its emphatic notes and robust keys. The single is available from iTunes, here. We’ll be looking forward to Jukebox the Ghost’s fifth studio album with much fervor. 

December 5, 2017
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Canadian singer songwriter Forest Blakk stole our hearts recently when he made a sensational debut on Love Me. His soulful alt rock, paired with a heartrending form of soulful pop, was instantaneously hooking and heartfelt affecting in a James Bay meets Jaymes Young way, and it catapulted Forest Blakk to the top tier of our favorite new artists list. Forest Blakk now follows up that song with a beautifully moving piano and strings ballad named Where I First Found You. It’s a more intimate and stripped down outing, on which Forest Blakk’s effortless serenading takes much of the limelight. Purchase the gorgeous ballad from iTunes, here

November 13, 2017

I don’t know about you, but I had a very nice Sunday morning. I woke up and turned the television on to find LÉON cooing away with that beautifully soulful, husky captivating voice on MTV Live. They were re-showing the performance she recorded for them in 2016, and it was a spectacular reminder of how amazing LÉON has been every time I’ve seen her live in San Francisco. The Swedish chanteuse recently released a piano driven pop ballad named I Believe In Us, said to be inspired by Fleetwood Mac and Annie Hall. By the way, LÉON‘s Fleetwood Mac covers are exceptional. But let’s get back to this heartfelt and lovelorn ballad. It’s a deeply sentimental, melancholic pining, yet tenderly hopeful aria that leaves us falling head over heels for LÉON all over again. I Believe In Us is available, here.