Posts Tagged ‘piano’

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.

January 11, 2018
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I’m in love with this instrumental track from AllttA, a production duo that involves some fine musicians, including producer 20syl from French turntablists C2C and MR. J. MEDEIROS from Los Angeles based band Knives. The pair are in the midst of a single series named Facing Giants, from which a new track is revealed every Wednesday. Disarm (fg. VI) is their latest release, and I’m sure you recognized its inspiration from its opening chords straightaway. They’ve given a piano version of Bonnie Raitt’s infinitely romantic classic I Can’t Make You Love Me a gorgeously textured, brassy flaring hip hop and electronica cover re-work. You can listen to AllttA’s Facing Giants single series on Soundcloud, here. Snag the instrumentals from major outlets, here.

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.

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.

November 8, 2017
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I’m still very much obsessed with LOVE SICK’s debut single Bullet, a song I consider one of the year’s best electronic pop debuts. You can re-visit the Scottish newcomers’ original, a twisted love song that’s also fiery resilient, here. LOVE SICK has revealed a stripped down piano version of the song, and it’s a raw emotive, vulnerable and exposed gem that really brings out the agony and poignancy of the song. The acoustic, minimalist rendition of Bullet is a heart pummeling experience. The original version of LOVE SICK’s Bullet can be purchased, here.

August 22, 2017
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Local Natives’ Kelcey Ayer continues his momentum as solo project Jaws Of Love. as he reveals a third track from his debut album Tasha Sits Close To The Piano, arriving September 22nd via House Arrest. We’ve already melted to that signature voice and his sensitive and contemplative music twice before by way of his prior two singles. Now, we sway to the tender keys and introspective beauty of new indietronica and dream pop piece, Hawaiian License Plates. The diaphanous billowing, weightless gusting piano ballad comes accompanied by the announcement of additional West Coast tour dates, starting with an album release show in Ayer’s hometown of Los Angeles with COMBAT! as support. Pre-order Tasha Sits Close To The Piano, here. Jaws Of Love.’s tour will take him to San Francisco at the Cafe du Nord on November 9th.

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 21, 2017
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I harbor an undying love for Local Natives, so it might make sense that I’m drawn to this new project, Jaws Of Love. There’s a floatiness to its gentle melancholia and tender keys that remind me of Local Natives, plus it comes from Kelcey Ayer, who’s been a vocalist and songwriter in the band for a very long time. As Jaws Of Love, he makes his moving debut with a self titled single that leaves us hovering high up in the night sky, mired in deep contemplation. Jaws Of Love is our first taste from Kelcey’s debut album Tasha Sits Close To The Piano. The album arrives on September 22nd via House Arrest, and you can already pre-order it, here.

July 15, 2017
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Don’t Tell Me isn’t the first time Ruel and M-Phazes have conjoined talent on a song. It was but a couple months ago that they gave us deep emotive, mellifluous hooking Golden Years. The pair prove to be a reliable union on new single Don’t Tell Me. Considering Ruel’s sonorous, soulful voice, it’s near unbelievable that he’s only 14. Melbourne’s M-Phazes, who also recently teamed up with Alison Wonderland on hit banger Messiah, turns in a brilliant performance on production duty, melding stark emotive keys with an understated yet powerful electronic soundscape. Don’t Tell Me’s soulful pop is refined and moving, and its a shining accomplishment for young Ruel. The single can be purchased or streamed via major outlets, here.

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.