If you’re a fan of the kind of songwriting and tone once mastered by the likes of Tracy Chapman, UB40, Jack Johnson – George Hierro is a superb indie artist, with a fine ear for effective melodies, beautiful guitar work, and a lyrical backbone that opts to roam where much of mainstream music wouldn’t dare.
Immediately setting the right kind of mood for this artwork and this title concept, Lost Platypus’ single Stranded trickles into the room with an acoustic guitar strum and some jazz-kissed flickers of solo, creating a perfectly beach-side vibe from the offset.
“Comparing short term to long term can help to put things into perspective. For example, we could be in quarantine for a total of a year depending on the circumstances – But we could all be somewhere completely different in 5 years, so why not use this time to think, plan, and prepare for that where possible?”
Blending the vocal depth and relatable purity of Elbow, with the subtle progression and swagger of a driving ballad, Little House offers soulful melodies and powerful, emotive instrumentation – increasingly so as it makes it way through this post-four-minute journey.
Inspired by current events, prompted by isolation and motivated by a clear need for change and progression, Normal tackles the very systems we have in place, and questions when regular life will rightly become about love above all else.
Leading with precisely the crisp and clean finished implied by the title, Terry Blade’s EP Misery (Mastered For Headphones) offers a beautifully intimate, soulful performance that connects on a deeply human level.
Bold and expressive vocals ride alongside equally eloquent and emotive piano-work, to lead listeners through a deeply personal yet minimalist piece of music and writing that is Time Is What I Need.
Fresh from the upcoming mixtape inkytunes III, back then is a chaotic yet emotive soundscape and song, featuring soulful vocals and an overall rising sense of anticipation and energy that increasingly envelops you.
Softly combining the gorgeous organic tones of strings, guitar and banjo in a traditional folk manner, Wayne Sharkey’s poetic songwriting and depth of tone shine beautifully on his new single We’re Not Free.
Reflecting on regret, having let someone go who you perhaps shouldn’t have, Maini Sorri’s new single Through Teary Eyes could be the perfect accompaniment to much of the longing & melancholy that is swamping many an isolated individual’s heart at present.
The new single introduces Matt’s style in a quickly likable, respectable manner. These intricate vocal qualities, the artistic nature of the whole and indeed the production style, all emerge with equal parts intrigue and satisfying familiarity.
Tackling capitalism in a genuine, heartfelt and emotive manner, Funny takes seemingly simple concepts and references, and prompts you to take a moment to really look inwards and figure out what truly matters in life.