The Songeist Six (27th June 2014)
In a new, regular column, Community Manager Barney picks out six of his current favourite songs by emerging artists on Songeist.com and lets you know why, if you haven’t heard these songs yet, you need to click on the embedded players below right… about…. NOW!
Nathan Beesley - The Leaves on the Sleepers
Nathan is an emerging singer-songwriter whose The Leaves on the Sleepers is available as a free download on Songeist. He takes on the fragile transatlantic folk sounds of Elliot Smith and Bon Iver and adds a British twist, the vocals and lyricism juxtaposing the familiar pastoral whimsy of Nick Drake against contemporary references to ‘girls throwing up’ in Nathan’s native Bristol. The track’s production is perfectly judged; the minimalistic, close-mic’d acoustic guitar giving way to goosebump-raising cellos and violins at just the right moment in the chorus then building to a climax across the track’s stirring outro.
Paul Sharpe - When It Started
True to his biography that simply states ’22, nothing to do’, part of When It Started’s charm is the idea that Paul sat in his bedroom and put his personal experiences down into music, with nothing getting between us and his knack for penning tunes with the kind of lyrical flourishes that Alex Turner would be proud of. Couplets like ‘the battle of the sexes is won when she stops texting’ and ‘you went incommunicado but I’ve seen you in his car going to… get fast food’ ensure that the song rises above the homespun charm of its programmed drums and spiky guitars and stakes its claim as one of the most evocative, and honest, songs about the break-up of a relationship as you’re ever going to hear.
The Get Gone – Headache
Milton Keynes’s The Get Gone is a UK punk rock supergroup of sorts, with ex members of Capdown, 1000hz, Scared of the Ocean and Last of our Heroes getting together to give us some solid British melodic post-hardcore influenced by the likes of Quicksand and Hot Water Music. While standing up beside the British post-hardcore greats like Reuben and Hundred Reasons, Headache has enough hooks, dynamics and angst to recall the classics of Troublegum-era Therapy? winning them support from Radio1’s Punk Show with Mike Davies in the process. The whole EP comes highly recommended and is available on Songeist now.
Gypsyfingers - Eating Me Master
Describing themselves as ‘cinematic folk’ Gypsyfingers is the collaborative musical creation of songwriter Victoria Coghlan & producer Luke Oldfield, son of Tubular Bells’ Mike Oldfield. Luke shares his father’s penchant for clean, layered, multi-instrumental production; all rolling piano arpeggios, chugging acoustic guitar, looping lead licks and xylophone chimes executed with a huge sense of scale. Then there’s Victoria’s soft, languid vocal delivery and cryptic lyricism, part Lewis Carroll, part Regina Spektor, that galvanise the track’s eerie, photographic vision. Gypsyfingers have been making waves since the release of their debut album Circus Life last month and played a sold-out show at St Pancras Old Church, Kings Cross, London to celebrate the release.
Moe Makaya - Introduction
Although we happily, and willfully, aim to accommodate every genre under the sun, quality urban music is not something that we’ve been inundated with here on Songeist. Personally, I love the simple pleasures of music made unashamedly for the radio and the dancefloor, so I was stoked when I came across Introduction, the début single of Moe Makaya, who promises to mix rap with a dancehall flair. Moe tempers her sassy bravado with n infectious sense of humour, describing herself as ‘Instafamous’ in the first verse before blasting into ragga stylings for the next, a British combination of Nicky Minaj and Lady Saw that never takes itself too seriously. And check out the video where Moe reverses hip-hop video convention and gets to hug up on a hunk of her own, scoring points for fun and feminism in one catchy swoop of her hair.
Affairs - Contact
Opening with a prickly synth bass hook that means business, Contact by Affairs was the last single from these sharp-dress Yorkshire men. Legend has it that these guys met on a coach journey to Whipsnade Zoo and found themselves together creating their own brand of elegant indie electro-pop. As well as a whole host of contemporary clout, there’s something of 80′s stalwarts ABC in the combination of crooned vocals and synth pop and one can see and hear British influences from Brian Ferry to Bowie in the act’s stylish aura. With rumours abounding about the will-they-won’t-they release of their forthcoming Muscle EP and past support slots with Alt J and Dog is Dead now is a great time to check out Affairs before everyone else does and Contact is the perfect starting point.