Son of William Bring Acoustic Guitar Back to the Fore

The completely unrelated Williams, Hayley and Ben, have already made a name for themselves on the Manchester acoustic scene, with Haylet’s thrilling, gossamer vocals marrying perfectly with Ben’s cultured guitar playing and harmonies. Having forged individually hugely successful solo careers, they found themselves as tutors to each other – Hayley guiding Ben through singing lessons; Ben teaching Hayley guitar. The common ground they found is Son of William, the sum of its constituent parts and a whole lot more.

Ben Williams’ previous musical life saw him wielding his guitar, sharing stages with the likes of Simply Red and Chic, whilst also receiving plaudits from Grammy Award-winning producer (Coldplay) Ken Nelson and go-to drummer, Steve White (The Who; Paul Weller). Hayley has forged her own path to success, achieving platinum sales in both Sweden and Norway. Their chance meeting when exchanging their respective musical skills swiftly lead to writing together and the formation of Son of William, giving them the opportunity to develop their passion for folk music, using sparse instrumentation and the Simon and Garfunkel-esque symbiosis of their harmonies to bring an authentic but entirely modern approach to the genre.

Son of William will be launching their EP at Manchester’s Whiskey Jar on the 27th June, entirely appropriately given their reputation on the city’s acoustic scene. Like Civil Wars before them, Son of William have taken the age-old tenets of the art of song-writing and stripped it bare, leaving nothing but the beauty of the music to shine through and enchant audiences.

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-691338436/dear-old-acquaintance/s-5Ybu8

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzJkbWowXtI4ZCr6pqo7Mfw

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SonofWilliamMusic/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SonofWilliam_

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sonofwilliammusic/

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Look Back in Fondness – Donegan Release “Reminisce”

Newly released this week, the first single from Donegan, a two-piece family band featuring Thomas and Emmett, whose “Reminisce” reflects a project that extends back a full twenty years from its inception.

Pulled from their forthcoming debut album, described as a concept album about love (though that would cover quite a few albums we reckon!), it’s the kind of slightly dreamy, indie-pop which flourished in the 1990’s. There’s certainly something quite endearing about the Casio-esque synth sound, whilst the chorus has the nagging, earworm quality that all effective pop songs should have. Have a listen here:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-529297674/reminisce

Youtube: https://youtu.be/pMgO_Ku0TQI

Website: https://donegan-music.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/donegan_music

Singer-Songwriters Vidal & Curma on ‘Another Plane’ with Latest EP

Three track treat due for release on August 10th

Currently splitting time between their Northern Italian hometown of Padova and the UK’s capital, songwriters Vidal & Curma are a duo making a name for themselves on the London circuit. Playing in some of the most prestigious independent music venues in the city, their reputation has already won them a residency at the revered Proud Camden, where they were invited for repeat showings by popular demand thanks to the innate energy and sense of fun in their songs.

Their music boasts a loose, anarchic freshness without compromising on quality, giving an acoustic twist on the indie likes of The Libertines, The Strokes, Mac Demarco, and Velvet Underground to name a few. But perhaps their closest comparison is less well known – both Vidal and Curma are huge fans of Django Reinhardt, a gypsy guitarist  from Belgium who was active from the 30s to the 50s. Reinhardt single-handedly invented the gypsy-jazz genre, and both band members consider him the best guitarist of all time.

His brilliance has clearly rubbed off, and the new three track EP ‘Another Plane’ is a real, offbeat, acoustic treat.

See Vidal & Curma in action with this live Tradiio session:

Specialising in writing songs about everyday problems faced by many, song themes vary from the difficulty of maintaining relationships nowadays, where everyone travels and moves a lot (‘Another Plane’), to everyday situations that can lead to deep contemplation (‘Tonight’). The final track, ‘Never Say Again’, is about the unpredictability of meeting someone special in a massive city like London.

With each track boasting different elements which make them special individually, the combination of all three tracks makes for a very consistent release. And it’s all tied together with an acoustic irreverence that really sets them apart from other, more pretentious, peers. It’s an approach that clearly works, with the band already getting the attention of Universal Music Group A&R Manager Fausto Donato. A sign of things to come.

This is the first release on Tradiio Recordings, a new record label set up to release the best performing artists on Tradiio, a music discovery app for iOS, Android and Web.

Links:

https://facebook.com/VidalCurma

https://twitter.com/vidalcurma

http://tradiio.com/vidal-curma-1

Berenice Scott bewitches with piano-pop single ‘Walls Cave in’ due in May

Born in Paris, France but now based in London, Berenice Scott is the talented product of a truly bohemian upbringing. After travelling the world with artistic parents – a French mother and British father – drinking in a host of musical influences to inform her own writing, her chamber-pop songs are a thoughtful mix of wistfulness and a quiet power.

A professional session musician specialising in the commercial pop world, her independent, improvisational spirit grew from early days as a pianist. Piano teachers would grow frustrated with her penchant for playing around with structures and learning by ear as opposed to reading music by sight, but in reality Berenice was finding her own way, by feel for the music as opposed to prescribed routes and notes.

With a songwriting style driven by a love of piano, Berenice Scott’s album ‘Polarity’ consistently provides excellent tracks from top to tail, including stunning singles such as ‘Walls Cave In’ – a beautifully building ballad which calls to mind the blended subtleties and pop sensibilities of Sarah McLachlan  and Vanessa Carlton:

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The album ‘Polarity’ is a gorgeous collection, created from a range of experiences, lyrically and musically matched to the emotions felt by Berenice Scott throughout her life. It’s a life which has evolved from growing up in a world of artistic genius, her parents counting Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood as their friends and contemporaries and sharing holidays with icons such as Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall.

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For fans who really want to get to know Berenice Scott, check out her YouTube channel for an informal video series called ‘The Breakfast Club Sessions’, in which acoustic sessions are captured raw and without the pomp and pressure of the spotlight.

‘Walls Cave In’ will be available on May 25th, followed by album ‘Polarity’ which will be available on June 8th.

Links:

http://www.berenicescott.com

www.soundcloud.com/berenicescott

www.facebook.com/berenicescott

www.twitter.com/berenicescott

www.youtube.com/bereniceofficial

‘It Only Matter’s When You Think’, Debut Release from ‘Yo’

Influential singer-songwriter releases intriguing 13 track album

Having lived in a variety of places over Europe and the United States, musical collective ‘Yo’ has had a vast array of influences to draw upon which contributed to his upcoming debut album.

Currently based in the birthplace of soul and jazz in New Orleans, the brains behind ‘Yo’ has clearly been inspired by his surrounding areas within his writing, as well as indie-bands such as Kasabian and the Arctic Monkeys, not to mention the incredibly influential Oasis who have provided a canvas for an entire generation of music, thus creating a fresh yet unique sound.

Despite being a newcomer on the music scene, ‘Yo’ has written and recorded an entire album as a creative outlet, cultivating and honing his sound and style to perfection.

Each song on the album is an artistic demonstration of creative talent, boasting an individual sound using a mixture of intricate guitar chords, the latest technology and studio effects. However the promised constant is the distinctive sound of Andre’s original vocals, making the innovative young artist impossible to pigeonhole and making him all the more memorable. Produced with listener’s at the forefront of his mind, ‘Yo’ wanted to make music that can be enjoyed at chilled out festivals, played in pubs and clubs or used as an escape from everyday trials and tribulations, and he’s certainly succeeded in catering for all.

A love of travel has directly influenced the writing, and the style in which he has written the songs featuring on the album allows the listener to travel with him, joining him on his musical journey. However he remains allusive and mysterious, his music being his preferred method of communication.

‘It Only Matter’s When You Think’ is the first single due for release from the album, with heavy drums, soaring guitar riffs and laid-back vocals that wouldn’t sound out of place on a ‘Kerrang!’ playlist, this track is bound to make a positive impact on any would-be fans. It’s due for release on February 23rd.

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/itmustbeyo/it-only-matters-when-you-think

With his main focus on the audience’s experience and how his songs will sound live as opposed to generating fans through the medium of mainstream pop, ‘Yo’ is an exciting new force to be reckoned with in the music industry.

The exciting 13 track album ‘Vagrancy’ is due for release April 27th, expect heavy drums with an electro-indie twist.

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Social Media Links:

https://soundcloud.com/itmustbeyo

https://twitter.com/itmustbeyo

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpUvg6zg5F6Qu4sXzH6R1qQ

http://instagram.com/itmustbeyo/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yo/643492249116552?ref=profile

Track of the week – Nina Jones – Never Let You Go

Nina Jones Will ‘Never Let You Go’ With New Single

At just 17 years old, Nina Jones is an extremely talented teenage vocalist with a big future ahead of her. Based in Newport, South Wales, her new single is the kind of accessible hit that can go a long way to establishing a new name in the music industry.

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Singer-songwriter Lauren Rich set for EP and single release

‘The Same Sky’ EP and ‘The Drink Talking’ single both released 29th September

Born in London and living in Hertfordshire, Lauren Rich is a singer-songwriter who certainly knows how to weave her distinctive voice around an effective acoustic chord pattern. With a taste for harmony and autobiographical lyrics that mean her songs border on country, Lauren is an artist with a bright future.

The next step in her musical career will see Lauren run a simultaneous release, with single ‘The Drink Talking’ taken from EP ‘The Same Sky’. Recorded with engineer Alan Emptage (Skunk Anansie, Arcade Fire, London Grammar, Adam Ant, Boy George) at OneLouder Studios, the single was written with a hangover when Lauren realised she sent a drunken text to a guy the night before: https://soundcloud.com/laurenrichmusic/the-drink-talking

Impressively, the full EP was recorded around spells in hospital where Lauren was recently diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. However, she made it a point of pride to continue with her work, not wanting to let people down seeing as the EP was paid for by her fans, who supported her through a successful crowd funding campaign.

It’s little wonder that she is turning so many heads. Having performed at prestigious London venues such as Proud in Camden and The Water Rats in Kings Cross, not to mention playing live during radio interviews with BBC London and BBC Three Counties, her knack for catchy, acoustic melodies is clearly catching on.

In the meantime, ‘The Same Sky’ EP and ‘The Drink Talking’ single are both released 29th September.

Links

www.facebook.com/laurenrichmusic

www.twitter.com/laurenrichmusic

www.instagram.com/laurenrichmusic

www.youtube.com/laurenrichmusic

www.soundcloud.com/laurenrichmusic

‘Guitar Muse’ single from The Cheek of Her out May 12th

Second single from album ‘Adult Angst Anonymous’ out May 30th

Singer-songwriter Helen Dooley, aka The Cheek of Her, is set to release the second single from upcoming album ‘Adult Angst Anonymous’ (AAA) on May 12th. A track about taking on her own musical independence after relying on a string of guitar players to play her songs, it’s an empowering and unique pop track.

You can see an acoustic solo performance of ‘Guitar Muse’ here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lW05cCQSDIw

A passionate songwriter with a truly individual sound, vocal and sensibility, The Cheek of Her comes across like Lily Allen but with a darker cut to her lyrics.

It’s an approach that is starting to garner plenty of interest, with previous single ‘Write Me A Letter’ being featured on Radio 2, as well as positive reviews for previous work from the likes of Female First and music-news.com.

Due on May 30th, ‘Adult Angst Anonymous’ is set to be the culmination of her hard work and passion – her first full length album after a number of EPs, chock full of quirky songs written from the heart.

‘Guitar Muse’ will be available online from May 12th, followed by the ‘AAA’ LP May 30th.

 

Links:

www.facebook.com/thecheekofher

www.twitter.com/thecheekofher

https://www.youtube.com/user/thecheekofher

http://instagram.com/thecheekofher

https://soundcloud.com/thecheekofher

Herrington Codner wants ‘Justice For Freedom’ with new single

Herrington1Having impressed with urban reggae LP ‘Real’ earlier this year, Canada based singer-songwriter Herrington Codner returns this winter with single ‘Justice For Freedom’.

Aiming to bring a touch of sunshine as winter closes in, the track is something of a call to arms, with political overtones demanding ‘justice for freedom’ and asking the listener to ‘stand up for what you believe in’. These are familiar overtones in reggae music, and ones which Codner utilises very effectively with a catchy, pop-friendly chorus and a strong vocal.

The LP ‘Real’ is the third album release from Codner’s own imprint Center Lane Records. Written and developed on the Canadian roads and highways while working as a professional truck driver, the songs find inspiration from the sublime to the mundane. Based on everything from his personal beliefs to the everyday happenings of the world around him, they perfectly encapsulate a personal world view.

Match that with strong production and an obvious appreciation for a range of musical genres, and the new single is the latest in what promises to be a string of great releases. Codner has christened his blending of reggae and pop staples as ‘Ragwire’, a new genre which sets him apart from his contemporaries.

 

‘Justice For Freedom’ is released on Monday, November 25th

https://soundcloud.com/codner/justice-for-freedom

http://www.reverbnation.com/codner

http://www.codner.ca