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4Ever Songs: Rheingold ‘Dreiklangs-Dimensionen’

Named after the opera by Richard Wagner, Düsseldorf’s Rheingold were part of Die Neue Deutsche Welle movement which also included artists such as Nena, Peter Schilling and Alphaville. Between 1980 to 1984, Rheingold released three albums ‘Rheingold’‘R.’ and ‘Distanz’, all working with the legendary Conny Plank.

Led by Bodo Staiger, the band also featured his now-wife Brigitte Staiger on backing vocals and Lothar Manteuffel on keyboards. Singing primarily in Deutsch, they also differed from their electronically driven contemporaries by having a more melodic vocal style and a distinctive rhythm guitar template.

Rheingold never performed live so have almost become a forgotten band whenever the history of German pop is discussed.

The muses of La Musa: Adna

Adna Kadic’smusic feels as cold as the Baltic at night, painted against a sombre landscape with stirring, heartfelt lyrics.The young Swedish singer’s emotionally-tinged songs bring the softly-voiced star to larger-than-life proportions through hallowed and crushing soliloquies to the night.  

Performed on the piano and guitar, Adna’s songs lead with the heart and are poignant and intensely moving. Scandinavian candour and a subtle approach to song writing, Adna has understandably been compared to the likes of Bon Iver and Daughter. Her music portrays the openness that only a young, gifted songstress can, exposing an opaque world through her gentle, tender arrangements.

Adna has shared her single ‘Don’t Know’, and announced her fourth album, ‘Black Water’.

Introducing…Sacramento

Sacramento is Italian dreamboat Steve Fileti. Hailing from the shores of Sicily with a peculiar West Coast attitude.
Few times associated to indie artists such as Mac DeMarco, Ariel Pink, Yellow Days, Connan Mockasin and few others, Sacramento results in a blend of synth pop with an easygoing and sexy vibe. 

His latest song ‘Mama’ is a laid back, lightly psychedelic jam of a song, light on the lyrics but heavy on the ambience

Introducing…Virginia Wing

Virginia Wing is the musical collaboration of Alice Merida Richards and Sam Pillay, formed in 2012 and currently based in Manchester. Their music is a sprawling amalgamation of experimental pop songs with texture, depth and nuance; that’s daring, progressive and forever bold. Virginia Wing make music that triangulates leftfield jazz, ashram-dwelling new age, and warm synth-pop into something that feels calm and centred.

Cathartic, abstract and certainly treading off the beaten path, the tactile trio Virginia Wing present their latest, more unruly album ‘private LIFE’, tapping into a plethora of diverse weird and wonderful influences. Armed with the same definitive peculiar expressiveness as 2018’s ‘Ecstatic Arrow’, the Manchester-based band return with a Technicolor depiction of the meaning of life. Lead single ‘I’m Holding Out For Something’ preps the palette taking a smoother dive into the worlds of electro-synth pop and R&B than its counterparts.

4Ever Songs: Antony and The Johnsons ‘Hope There’s Someone’

Born in Sussex, England, Anohni also spent her childhood in Amsterdam and the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to NYC at the age of 19. Anohni emerged with her musical ensemble Antony and the Johnsons in 1998. In 2005 Antony and the Johnsons won the UK’s Mercury Prize for the album I am a Bird Now

4Ever Songs: Van Morrison “Brown Eyed Girl”

50 years ago, Van Morrison entered the studio to record a track which – even after more than 35 studio albums – remains one of the most popular songs in his catalog.

Produced by Bert Berns and written by Morrison himself, “Brown Eyed Girl” – which was recorded at A&R Studios in New York City – originally began life under the title “Brown-Skinned Girl,” a nod to the calypso sound which had inspired him whilst composing the track.

Whatever Morrison’s thoughts may be on “Brown Eyed Girl,” it proved to be his first top-10 in the States, helping to establish his identity to the public in the wake of leaving his band, Them. That’s nothing to sneeze at.