South London producer Fred Gibson, aka Fred again.. became the sound of the past, present and future during lockdown. Tracks burst through the fog, drenched in nostalgia and brimming with hope for the future. His sound struck a chord with a generation who felt they had had precious years of their youth stolen from them.
Music, at its core, is a reflection of the artist. And nowhere does that sentiment ring more true than in the works of British auteur Fred Again. Taking a unique dairyesque approach to electronic music, the British artist and producer crafts sonic collages that double as snapshots into his life and distinctively human club music. It’s this intoxicating cocktail of far-ranging emotions and euphoric dance music that comes to life in his sophomore album, Actual Life 2
On the surface, David Balfe’s ‘For Those I Love‘ project has a simple, harrowing story: an album made to process the grief Balfe experienced when his best friend (and his bandmate in punk band Burnt Out) Paul Curran committed suicide, mere days before they were due to finish the album they’d been working on. Yet listen closer and that story disintegrates, tessellating into dozens of smaller stories: fragments of anecdotes, snapshots of memories, snatches of shared experience… The moments from which the silent bonds of the closest male friendships are forged. Balfe’s soft, stream-of-consciousness delivery might bring to mind Mike Skinner’s The Streets – or more pointedly, Arab Strap’s Aidan Moffat – but his romanticism is of a darker note, which is matched by the production. Glossy, airy, and shimmering, it’s a potent cocktail of nostalgia and melancholy distilled into electronic form.
British three-piece band Drug Store Romeos have the dream pop genre downpat. The latest young band to tackle the softly psychedelic sound, they bring a refreshing peppiness to the genre’s traditionally hazy and dense song structure, offering songs that arrive like warm, comforting hugs from an old friend – think Galaxie 500 and Cocteau Twins with a splash of Tom Tom Club.
They have released their debut album that’s been years in the making, utilising the full breadth of their back catalogue for the track list, and the escapist themes of the album’s title The World Within Our Bedrooms.
Country singer, Alex Key is a Nashville recording artist based out of Wilkesboro, NC. Acclaimed by many including legendary Grammy award winning songwriter, Jim Lauderdale, Alex’s vocals are mesmerizing and soulful. Key released a new album this year that blends modern and classic country sounds.
Flatsound is the lo-fi project/stage presence of Mitch Welling. Mitch is a songwriter and sound artist based in Southern California. In 2007, he began recording and releasing music under the project name Flatsound. After releasing some albums now he’s released his last Ep ‘Last Minute Cycle.’
His His is the project of Toronto-based artist Aidan Belo. Combining delicate guitar lines with simple yet thoughtful vocals, Belo created this project as an outlet after relocating to his family’s hobby farm outside of the city, in an attempt to evoke something rural and honest.
He often uses just a guitar, a voice and the occasional piano or shaker. It leaves you, as a singer-songwriter, exposed. That is exactly what draws a listener in though. That vulnerability can translate into heart slaying melodies and sad songs to curl up to. ‘Garden Songs’, his debut record, brings plenty of that mood to your speakers. His His is the definition of a hidden gem.
Jack in Water is the artist name of the idiosyncratic singer-songwriter talent William Clapson. Currently splitting his time between London and Palma de Mallorca, Clapson was brought up in a little village in Essex, listening to the diverse musical influences of his parents, ranging from the melancholy and drama created by bands such as Radiohead and The Blue Nile, to the powerful R&B and soul voices like Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross.
Following a string of emotionally charged singles, rising star Jack In Water released his debut album, You Don’tFeel Like Home,which is not a record to rush.
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