Posts Tagged ‘stripped down’

February 5, 2018

[PREMIERE] La Bouquet – Loveless (Sunshine Sessions)

Leonardo Da Vinci once famously said, “a life without love, is no life at all.”  Even if some of our hearts have tucked themselves away to avoid getting crushed for the umpteenth time, we can live vicariously through the stripped back beauty and intimate charm of this finely rendered new acoustic video from La Bouquet. We join Bryan Sammis (The Neighbourhood, Olivver the Kid) and Jake Lopez as they melt us to no end with their poignantly heartfelt rendition of Loveless. La Bouquet made a huge imprint on the new music scene over a year ago with the debut single, a sleek stirring, infectious driving torrent of earthy alt rock and rambunctious alt pop. You can watch La Bouquet’s music video for Loveless, here.

The band’s performance of Loveless in their new “Sunshine Sessions” video is immaculate. Every strum, each twang, and even the raspy drawl of La Bouquet’s vocals on this gentle lullaby are deeply affecting, as if rising and reverberating from secret chambers within our own hearts. “Maybe I’m just hopeless enough to feel alone, but selfish enough to write this song,” they coo. Ah, but that’s there they get it wrong. It’s selfless of them to gift us such an earnestly moving ballad. It’s a heart-on-the-sleeve confessional, a piercingly sad and strikingly sincere meditation that feels particularly vulnerable and exposed on their cozy and pastoral new arrangement. 

Loveless can be found on La Bouquet’s four track debut EP, Heavy Sunshine, which is available from iTunesAmazonGoogle Play, and Spotify. Keep up with La Bouquet via FacebookTwitterInstagram, or their website, here.

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.

January 11, 2018

Once again, a new stripped down acoustic video for an incredible song has keyed us into an amazing rising artist and her music. New York’s Aisha Badru is an urban folk singer songwriter who delivers soul stirring music with a supple & emotive voice. You can watch her perform her recent single Bridges in an intimate setting below, but make sure you watch the video for the original above. Bridges is lifted from Aisha Badru’s debut album, due out this year. It follows on the heels of her 2015 Vacancy EP, which garnered a lot of attention from the advertisement world when her hushed single Waiting Around was utilized for a viral Volkswagen add in South Africa. That buzz continues to grow with delicate and understated Bridges, a tenderly stirring gem that feels like early, dusky BROODS gone ambient, atmospheric Daughter. Bridges is available, here.

December 16, 2017

It’s been a fabulous year for North Carolina indie/dance pop duo Sylvan Esso. Not only did they release a phenomenal second album named What Now, which I’ve had on constant repeat, but Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn are now up for a Grammy for their acclaimed sophomore effort, too. Let’s just say it’s well deserved, and I’ll certainly be rooting for the duo, whom we’ve been touting on IHM since their debut singles way back in 2013. Though we’re used to their feisty, punchy energy on their genre bending tracks, today we get to listen to a very different sort of Sylvan Esso as they bless us with a cover of There Are Many Ways To Say I Love You, which you might recognize from PBS’ Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood if you watched it as a kid like I did. That’s right, we get to listen to Amelia coo softly and soothingly, accompanied by a lone guitar. In a way, this sweet lullaby reminds me of Karen O’s stripped down tracks from her sole solo album, Crush Songs.

November 29, 2017

Exquisite. That sums up this new acoustic video to the utmost, and it’s placed Welsh pop duo Dusky Grey smack in the center of our radar, too. Turns out, we’ve been missing out on some deeply affecting pop. Told Me is the duo’s debut single, and it’s already made quite a mark in the scene with millions and millions of streams over the past year. Gethin Williams and Catrin Hopkins offer up a stripped down rendition of the debut in their new video, and we watch, transfixed, as the pair belts out the acoustic piano ballad with much immaculate perfection and emotive force. Stream the original below and revel in its crunchy strolling cadence and laid back yet wistful charm. You can also stream/download the acoustic version of Told Me, here.

November 16, 2017
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Forgiving and forgetting are two totally different things. As we’re all aware, you can forgive without being able to forget, particularly when something has been particularly traumatic. If there’s anything I’ll never forget, it’s the beauty of this spacey autumnal hymnal from Dutch singer songwriting project Someone, whom we’re previously familiar with as folk pop artist Tessa Rose Jackson. As Someone, she explores the rockier depths of pop with her austere and introspective song Forget Forgive, which is kind of like stripped down Wolf Alice meets intimate and honest Soak. The song is delicate and sparse, yet so powerfully haunting.  Someone says: “Forget Forgive is the most personal track I’ve written so far. It’s a really intimate lyric about battling some pretty nasty demons and, in overcoming them, figuring out the kind of person you want to be.” Her debut live performance under her new pseudonym is promised to be an electrifying multimedia affair at Amsterdam’s Cinetol on November 27th. You can also stream Someone’s music via Spotify, 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.

September 29, 2017
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We’re all too familiar with how gorgeous Ofelia K’s music can be. But wait till you take in this new understated and stripped down beauty, ‘Killing Me (go sun come moon)’. It’s a new version of her single from a year ago, but rendered with an intimate and delicate approach. The Los Angeles based singer songwriter leaves us trembling and yearning for a bright blazing sun despite the soothing glow that the moon brings at night. You can re-visit the original and Ofelia K’s other breathtaking songs on Soundcloud, here.

August 3, 2017

Everyone’s in love with Maggie Rogers’ Alaska, even Amber Run, who’ve offered up this gorgeous acoustic cover of her breakout single. The British band has announced a new digital EP arriving in late September on Dine Alone Records. The EP will feature two versions of songs from their current album ‘For A Moment, I Was Lost’ plus two cover songs, including this cozy strumming, intimately stripped down rendition of Alaska. Its wistful and melancholic, and well worthy of some long drawn out sighs.  Amber Run heads out on their first ever European tour this fall. Amber Run’s current sophomore album is available, here.

August 1, 2017
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Mondays always wear me out, as I’m sure they do to many of you, too. Fortunately for us, we have a remix like this one to lift us up and breath new life into us as we round the corner on the toughest day of the week. British electronic trio Disciples has given Sigrid’s Plot Twist a crisp and buoyant makeover. Who says we can’t get a euphoric dance party started at the beginning of the week? The Swedish pop sensation also offered up a gorgeous and intimate acoustic rendition of Plot Twist, which you can stream via YouTube below. The original is out on iTunes, here.