Emi Wes/Issues

In the press handout that came with this song and video, there is one fragment of a sentence that jumped at me as I reread it for the umpteenth time searching or a muse.

“Emi Wes has spent the last couple of years … experimenting with different genres to perfect her musical craft. She eventually found the core of her musical foundation; a sound that is completely hers. Entering a new collaboration with renowned producer Robin Hannibal, Emi is ready to kickstart her career with the release of her new single ‘Issues’.”

My ruminating was nothing more than highjacking the above quote, copying and pasting it into this review.

I do come away with my own opinion, of course, and I would be remiss not to inform you, the kindly reader of this review of what that assessment is.

It is haunting. It floats, it rises above the mundane. It moves me and makes me want to dance with it. This song leaves me yearning to hear more by Emi Wes.

She sings; ‘Sensitive as a flower, watch me bloom so eager to learn, I watch it grow.’ The song is a self-love affirmation, as she explains: “Over the years, these have been the lines of my life. It’s really about not being frightened of appearing vulnerable.”

Discussing the song, she tells us: “The instrumental, the strings and Robins chords just gave me the words to a feeling I had in me. I guess it was also important for me to address that I have issues too because we all do. Sometimes saying it loud makes it more okay. For me, it’s a sign of strength being able to say the less pretty out loud.”

The single of ‘Issues’ single is available to stream via No Rules No Limits. No word on an album yet.

You can listen to it here:

https://soundcloud.com/vufempire/issues-emi-wes-single/s-70mDr

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCev1Z57LdQ

https://open.spotify.com/track/6Wh89p24HDNBXD8hC2cpkR?si=cO2jzxgrSn6afN3bA-lW5g

https://vuf-empire.dk/emi-wes/

https://www.instagram.com/youngemiwes/?hl=da

https://www.facebook.com/emiwesofficial

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Still Corners @ The Last Exit

Still Corners are taking The Last Exit, but it will not be my last listen to their ethereal haunting music. The Last Exit has taken me on a musical journey with their often hypnotic music. Still Corners travels between bright, sparkling acoustic guitar, the crooning of Tessa, the lead vocalist for Still Corners, and a steady rhythm that keeps the song moving forward. There is a definite feeling of motion in the music that shows up visually in the accompanying video of The Last Exit.

Tessa describes the idea behind the video -“In a world where everyone thinks all the corners of the map are filled in we like to suggest there’s something beyond that, something eternal in the landscape and in our psyche. Maybe you don’t see it every day, but it’s there, and that’s what we are trying to connect to.”

The Last Exit, the fifth studio album for Still corners, will be released on 22nd January 2021 on Wrecking Light Records.

https://www.stillcorners.com

https://www.facebook.com/stillcorners/

https://twitter.com/stillcorners?lang=en

https://www.instagram.com/stillcorners/?hl=en

open.spotify.com/4zKYrXs8iN4AeHmO8ZxNqp

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Misty Coast/In A Million Years

Once In A Million Years, the new single from Norway’s Misty Coast is energetic, listenable music. It is…I don’t think I can put this in a box for a specific genre. It moves about shift shaping as it goes, and touches on many styles and sounds. The vocals are smooth as well as edgy. The guitars are distorted but not in the heavy metal style that Norway is so famous for having. There are shining acoustic guitar notes and a bass that keeps chugging along. The drums have bright cymbal shots juxtaposed against the beat that holds all the instruments in sync.

Do I like the song? Bottom line, what kind of a review do I give it. I give it five stars, this is a lovely little song, and I hope I get to hear it in a full-length album soon, I don’t want to wait a million years.

https://mistycoast.no/

https://www.instagram.com/mistycoastmusic

https://www.facebook.com/mistycoast/

https://twitter.com/mistycoastmusic

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Sonny Winnebago & Lemonade

Lemonade?

No thanks, I’ll have a coffee, please.

No, no, no. Lemonade is a song that you should give a listen.

Oops!

Sonny Winnebago.

It’s a bit cloudy actually, and I prefer staying in hotels.

No, no, no. Sonny Winnebago is the stage name of Welsh-Australian pop troubadour Harvey Jones.

Harvey who?

Harvey Jones, remember that name because I think you will hear more from him.

I wish it were summer so we could drink Lemonade.

It is summer in Australia, and good music sounds good anywhere, anytime.

Where can I listen to this bloke’s tunes then?

You can listen to it on SoundCloud, here:

https://soundcloud.com/sonnywinnebago/lemonade

On Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/album/0uEmdkMwhbmqSsUFoulGIT

And you can discover more about Sonny Winnebago here:

https://www.facebook.com/sonnywinnebago

and here: https://twitter.com/sonnywinnebago

and here: https://www.instagram.com/sonnywinnebago/

Harvey tells us: “Everyone’s got good memories of picking up a recorder or triangle in school, so we used lots of instruments. Davey brought along some shakers; there’s also a ukulele, woodblock, kazoos & a kalimba. My school instrument was the flute, so we put that in too.”

 “I was walking to my job as a barista one sunny day in North London and saw some little go-getters selling Lemonade outside their house. I thought that was really cool and reminded me of when I used to make Lemonade from a lemon tree we had in the back garden. Anyway, I had a charity shop acoustic that I kept upstairs at work & I wrote the song on my break that day. Some songs take weeks, months and even years to write, but Lemonade only took a few hours. I think that’s how you know it’s a good tune – just totally uninhibited, like the song was already in me somewhere, or in the air that day! In terms of its lyrics and meaning, there’s not really much to analyze, haha. There’s a nice Gremlins reference in the first verse which makes me happy. In terms of production, with the help of wonderful producer Charlie Francis, and awesome session musicians Davey Newington (Boy Azooga) and Matt Evans (KEYS), we achieved this cool ‘classroom’ sound. Everyone’s got good memories of picking up a recorder or triangle in school, so we put in loads of fun instruments. Davey brought along some shakers, so we used all of them. There’s also a ukulele, woodblock, kazoos & a kalimba that Charlie keeps on his desk for good measure! My school instrument was the flute, so we put that in too! If you listen closely, you can even hear a kitchen sink. Enjoy!

Lemonade is available to stream now, with Phwoar & Peace. 

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Crawford Mack / Firing Squad

This is a great sone with a great video to round it out. I present for your viewing pleasure: Crawford Mack and his new single/video, Firing Squad.

Following on from the release of his gracious love ballad ‘Depends on Where You Stand’, we see a change in the singer, as he swaps orchestral melodies for downtempo acoustic stings in his second offering ‘Firing Squad’. Building a sharp momentum using melodious gentle guitar riffs and a rhythmic drumbeat, ‘Firing Squad’ explores the power of a guilt-ridden conscience that one might feel due to their own behaviour; specifically targeting the action of mistreating others. 

Accompanied by a short film conceptualised by the songwriter, the new music video directed by Liam Hendrix Heath, borrows heavily from space oddity era Bowie and Stanley Kubrick; following an astronaut’s journey through suburbia and his past in a jarring, mirroring the claustrophobia and hidden menace of the track. 

The lyrics draw on the use of power to oppress the powerless and were inspired by a reference in a William Mcllvanney book to the blindfold used in firing squads being to spare the shooters seeing the condemned eyes. The teacher in the film embodying a particular personal memory for Crawford.

Discussing the new music video, Crawford tells us: “I didn’t want to go for something obvious with a literal ‘Firing Squad’ and soldiers because I think I’ve seen plenty of that in music videos before. Liam and I spent a long time over lockdown talking through what the song was about for me, until one day out of the blue, he came up with the idea of the astronaut walking past tableaus that are flashbacks of his life. The idea grew from there until we started to create our antagonist teacher character for the final face-off.”

https://www.facebook.com/crawfordmackmusic/

https://open.spotify.com/artist/6CKMgHCNRQ5bQTV0Nx4LuM?si=6wobUzdNQBKqK6LcJhYqnQ

https://www.instagram.com/crawfordmack_/?hl=en

https://twitter.com/crawfordmack_?lang=en

https://soundcloud.com/user-671874636-571628367

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Raven/Whatever

“Whatever was written in a stream of consciousness, the words just poured out of me. When finished, the brutal honesty struck me. I created a mirror, forcing myself to look into my own eyes.” 

Quoth a Raven, Raven Artson. This Raven can quote more than ‘Nevermore’; in fact, this Raven is very quotable. Raven Artson is a Los Angeles based multidisciplined artist who actively directs his music videos and produces for artists including Sevdaliza, Pip Blom and Ray Fuego. More recently he started curating his interdisciplinary shows, which has led fashion designers like Hardeman and Hanger Inc. to collaborate with artist like himself, True Blue, Beskhen and Cosima.

With a new EP in the pipeline, Raven is ready to take the next step in his career: “As a person, I try to be as honest as possible in my relationships. It’s exciting to share music that’s just as genuine.” 

‘Whatever’ is available to stream via Rosed Out Records.

https://www.facebook.com/RavenArtson/

https://www.instagram.com/ravenartson/?hl=en

https://soundcloud.com/ravenartson

https://twitter.com/ravenartson

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Spunsugar/Belladonna

One song at a time I am building towards the release of Spunsugars album release highly-anticipated debut album ‘Drive-Through Chapel’, out on the October 2nd via Adrian Recordings.

Today I am enjoying their newest single release Belladonna. I won’t add much to this post, but I look forward to the album which I will give a few more words to than this single.

Listen and enjoy their singles thus far: Run, Happier Happyness and Belladonna.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Musician-Band/Spunsugar-11954664354594177/

https://www.instagram.com/spunsugarmusic/

https://soundcloud.com/spunsugarmusic

https://spunsugar.bandcamp.com

https://open.spotify.com/artist/2NDWJvRwXGTFBngWiSNLu9?1si=J8i_Vw-HSUuXxE6m9_sP3w

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Owen Meany’s Batting Stance

Some sounds get so stuck in our heads that we never forget them. The first time our baby said a word, it happened to be Dada in my case. It is stuck in there like superglue.

The sound of a flock of geese flying over our heads at midnight with no moonlight it was pitch black. It is locked in my neurones forever.

The song “Breakfast Again” by Owen Meany’s Batting Stance, stuck in my brain tighter than a high e string getting bent for a solo.

The first time my ears heard Breakfast Again, I was hooked, and I still am. Owen Meany’s Batting Stance is the pseudonym of singer-songwriter Daniel Walker, a fellow Canadian and a veteran of the folk music circuits pre-pandemic.

Daniel Walker projects hints of The Mountain Goats, Jenny Lewis, and Conor Oberst to inspire his sound. Daniel tells us that “Their deliberate approach to lyricism coupled with the fact that they emoted a similar high-pitched, nasal vocal delivery proved to me I didn’t need to have a raspy baritone or angelic falsetto to be a singer, let alone songwriter.” His voice immediately brought to my mind the vocalization and delivery of Roy Forbes, especially during his Bim years, and another Canuck.

Daniel tells us that “Breakfast Again” lyrically explores the implications of lost love. Discussing the inspiration behind the track, he says: ‘Breakfast Again is about the emotions: the worries and resolution that come with no longer sharing a life with someone important to you’.

Owen Meany’s Batting Stance released the ‘Breakfast Again’ single on September 4th via LHM Records along with a video release of the song. ‘Feather Weights’, Owen Meany’s Batting Stance’s album will be released October 2nd 2020 via LHM Records.

LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/user-77387696/breakfast-again-3

 Accompanying the track is a hazy visual, featuring the frontman himself. The new minimalistic music video blends cloudy and clear shots of the lonesome artis laying in a river; a metaphorical representation of drowning in his emotions.

 WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ntly4MHloHY

Vera Hotsauce

I listen to a lot of music. I think it safe to say that I listen to more albums than the average person. I don’t listen to much radio, so I don’t factor that in, I am focusing on intentional listening. Pulling out a record or CD or even streaming albums with the full intention of listening to the whole album in one go. For full albums, I average about 450 to 500 albums a year. On top of that, I can add the countless singles, iTunes compilations and other bits of music here and there. I genuinely enjoy listening to music, and I do miss the live concerts.

Having said all that, I am quite pleased when I hear an artist, whose music I had never listened to before, brighten my day. I have an album like that on repeat on Apple Music as I write this. Hot n Saucy is the album, and Vera Hotsauce is the artist. She is in there with The Verve and Urban Hymns, Veil of Ashes with their album ‘Pain’, Velvet Underground & Nico, The Violet Burning, and of course, there are dozens by everyone’s favourite ‘V’ artist, Various. Vera is joining a small demographic with some good company in the “V” column.

I might have completely missed Vera Hotsauce if it hadn’t been for one song, ‘Ricochet’. Vera paints a target on the back of 6ix9ine, a wannabe musician, with a history of sexual crimes against children. I will stand shoulder to shoulder with Vera and any other artist who will call out twats like 6ix9ine. Vera aims a diss squarely at not just 6ix9ine, but also the labels, online streamers and white shirts that enable this guy to make records and videos.

Other than the standout track, Ricochet, I also got my groove going with ‘Hey Boy’, and it’s hypnotic backbeat and bass lines. Lovely, just lovely. The rest of the album gets in line behind these two standout tracks for my listening tastes anyhow. Not a bad listen at all and a socially relevant album. Vera Hotsauce shows that she isn’t just another pretty face; she is a strong woman who knows who she is, what she isn’t and how to express that through the medium of music.

This record documents Vera’s misadventures on the journey to self-actualisation. She tells us “This album tells a story about an era. I’ve made so many stupid decisions that got me so many crazy memories and took me on so many f-d up adventures.”

I have made my fair share of stupid decisions but listening to Vera Hotsauce is not one of those decisions. I rather enjoyed this album and I am totally onboard with the message. Thank you Vera.

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5KucN3rNvkbmfNWqknOvth?2si=KSn_hnYIT8-lM7fYyw_fRQ 

https://www.ten.se/artists/vera-hotsauce/ 

https://www.facebook.com/VeraHotsauce/    

https://www.instagram.com/verahotsauce/ 

https://twitter.com/VeraHotsauce

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Summer Heat – Good Together

Lost loves. Lost feelings. Lost time. Lost emotions. Lost friends. Lost lovers.

Summer Heat have hit a chord that indeed resonates within all of us on his new single ‘Good Together”.

What if we could go back in time?

I know it’s been a while.

What if we gave it one more shot?

We have so many, many questions and not enough answers. There are, however, some answers. We can not go back in time, and when we try to, we can never capture the magic of that time. I went to a school reunion, and while I enjoyed seeing the people that I shared bus rides and classrooms with, I very quickly learned that we don’t want one more shot. All of those people got so old, why didn’t they stay young like me? And what about all the loves I have lost? It turns out that they have done very well without me.

Summer Heat, aka David Alexander, has released a new single, ‘Good Together’, ahead of the release of his EP ‘Ambitions’, which arrives on November 6th, 2020. ‘Good Together’ gives us smooth as silk synthesizers that hide the pain that lingers in the lyrics of this song. This song is an excellent teaser for Summer Heats EP arriving this fall on Icons Creating Evil Art.

Summer Heat – Good Together

https://soundcloud.com/summer-heart/good-together

https://open.spotify.com/track/70sCvX6dRTpcwGSvio0k6o

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