Sofia Evangelina Stands Up with New Single

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‘This Is Your Song’ is the new release from Canadian song writer Sofia Evangelina. A song which delivers a strong message that you have the power to stand up.

The track which features an unforgivable catchy chorus hook ‘You Have All The Power’ starts with a well constructed anthemic intro followed by Sofia’s Ariana Grande style vocals greeting you with astonishment.  That being said, it is not often you hear a song of such power being released from an artist as young as 16 years of age.

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Furthermore, Sofia is becoming a flawless role model for her millennial generation and her vocal flair and pop themed tracks make her inimitable yet relevant in today’s ever competitive global music market. On another note, Sofia’s lyrical tongue is not one to be sniffed at with  lyrics like ‘You got to stand up, you got to stay strong’ really motivating the listener to achieve great success.

Sofia who has been travelling around the world in recent years is becoming a very mature artist at a surprisingly fast rate. With releases like ‘This Is Your Song’ already blasting out on countless radio stations across the world, it cannot be doubted that Sofia could be on the way to world stardom status.

Listen to ‘This Is Your Song’ here.

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Joe Dolman Announces March UK Tour

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One of our favorite artists here at Adore, Joe Dolman, has just announced a March UK tour consisting of five dates. The first four dates will be full band shows.

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Joe is an extremely talented and charismatic performer. At just 22 years old, his ability to captivate a crowd is truly incredible. These shows are not to be missed! (I’m only missing them because I’m stuck across the pond.) Tickets go on sale at 9am GMT on January 13th, so make sure to snag yours before they sell out!

Check out one of Joe’s recent releases, “I Think It’s Strange” here. (It just hit a quarter of a million streams on Spotify!)

Space Babe Impress With New Single ‘Goodbye To Love’

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Manchester has provided us with some of the world’s greatest bands and now we have ‘Space Babe’ who have just released ‘Goodbye To Love’.

This song features a lyrically strong storyline that is affecting and meets you at heart level, navigating the entirety of the song. With a slow tempo driving the track forward, you cannot help but be swept off your feet by this release. Furthermore, Zac Lyons and Nicole Battick have created a truly unique, soulful pop sound with commercial production characteristics. 

Not one to shy away from creating a catchy track, Space Babe have created a song which is relatable to so many. The vocals demonstrate a vulnerability in places with heart break being the main topic of dialogue. This being said, deep emotion cuts through the entire song.

In contrary to its sorrow theme the band have created an optimistic outlook on a relationship ending. One which is described clearly by Nicole who explains the fact that even though a relationship may have deteriorated, that love is still there. 

There is no doubt that Manchester has one of the best music scenes in the U.K and SpaceBabe appear to have adopted a sound which will carry them onto a global platform while remaining humble to their Manchester routes. 

Listen to ‘Goodbye To Love’ here.

Lilac Melt Release Atmospheric New EP

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The month of December is all about giving and Scottish indie rock band, Lilac Melt have given plenty with this incredible self-titled release. I have been hooked on this release since my first listen and it is clear to see why this band are making giant steps since their formation in early 2018.

Lilac Melt’s signature sound truly thrives on this release with big atmospheric reverbs being heard throughout. Lead vocalist Katherine Aly takes you on an empowering trip and the striking guitars and beefy drums complement Katherine’s unique and strong vocals perfectly.

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A track which really stood out to me was ‘Oxidise’, a song with an attractive melody which tells the story about subjectivity in singular and collective contexts. It is clear to see why this was the debut single from the band because it really showcases what this band is all about.

Lilac Melt may have shaped what could be one of the most stand out dream pop releases of 2018 and they are a band who I am keeping a close eye on. I will be very keen to see how they progress into 2019.

Listen to ‘Oxidise’ from their self-titled EP here.

New Single from Sunflower Thieves

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Female pop-folk duo, Sunflower Thieves are back with their gorgeous new single Two Halves and we’re in love.

So here’s a story for you. Way back in 2016, Girls That Gig ,a community that celebrates women in music, hosted a Network and Chill event in Leeds and as a blogger and sometimes reviewer I thought that I might just tag along. 

Here I met Lily Sturt-Bolshaw and Amy Illingworth, a.k.a Sunflower Thieves, who were at the time looking for band members. Fast forward a year and I’m at a Joe Dolman gig and my fave duo are also there as one of the support acts. 

The multi-instrumental talent of Derbyshire/Nottingham/Leeds based duo is perfectly showcased in their layered acoustic style that is heart felt and oh so pure. 

Sunflower Thieves released their debut EP Hold the Storm  in 2017 to much acclaim and I’m so happy to hear new material in their latest single: Two Halves.

One of the things that I love about Sunflower Thieves is their mesmerising harmonies and Two Halves is no exception. If acoustic folk is your thing then I’d recommend that you check out Sunflower Thieves.

Two Halves is out now!

 

You can catch Sunflower Thieves live at the Derby Folk festival on the 6th October.

 

 

Album Review: Bloom by Troye Sivan

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Last week, Troye Sivan released his sophomore album, Bloom. Coming almost three years after the release of Blue Neighbourhood, Bloom showcases Troye’s… well… blooming. Troye’s personal and musical maturity since Blue Neighbourhood is evident, not only from the songs but also the cover art.

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The very first track, “Seventeen,” touches on a young man’s sexual awakening. “The Good Side” is a heartbreaking ballad full of remorse and regret from a failed relationship. “Plum” tells the story of outgrowing a relationship and needing to move on from it. Troye delivers flawless vocals in “Postcard,” a stripped back track full of longing and desire.

While Troye does touch on more sensitive topics, Bloom also features some of the pure pop goodness that he’s known for. “My My My!” and “Bloom” are nothing short of bangers. “Dance To This” and “Lucky Strike” have more of a lowkey vibe to them, but are still bops nonetheless.

When it comes down to it, I can honestly say without hesitation that Bloom is the best album released this year. It has a certain cohesiveness that holds it together as a whole, yet the tracks all maintain their own unique feel. It is quite literally Troye blooming into a more mature musician and giving us a breathtaking sophomore album.

Listen to Bloom below!

Saying Goodbye To Coasts: “The Love You Can’t Replace”

I never thought I would be writing these words so soon. I didn’t think this would be happening yet. Ever since I first saw the news the words that I keep muttering are “I thought I had more time.”

Anyone who knows me at all knows that there is one thing that I cherish more than anything in the world, one band that has my whole entire heart. That band is Coasts. This morning I woke up to messages containing broken heart emojis and exclamations of disbelief. Full of dread I opened my social media to see the news that my favorite band was breaking up. I couldn’t believe what I was reading.

I’m not quite sure how to put into words how this feels. Saying it’s comparable to the loss of a loved one feels dramatic, but it honestly feels like I am losing a part of my life. Every single day I wear a Coasts guitar pick around my neck. My handles on my socials are mandycoasts. I have two Coasts tattoos. They are such a huge part of my life. Even if they don’t know it, they have given me the happiest moments of my life and their music has been there for me during the worst times. The thought that I’ll never see them again is so painful. Their shows were my happy place.

Behind the band were five amazing men. Chris, Liam, James, David and Ben. Each mean more to me than I can express. I lived for what I called Chris’ “diva entrances” during “Wallow” at the beginning of shows. While I may call it a diva entrance, Chris is far from a diva. He is one of the most humble and caring men I have ever met, not to mention an incredible showman with some wicked dance moves. Liam was always working hard to make sure that everything went smoothly, which made the moments when he let loose and had fun on stage that much better. There was a great sense of humor beneath that serious facade. James (or Jim, as I usually call him) is so amazingly sweet. He’s always there with a smile and a hug and he’s always able to make me laugh. I always loved watching David during their shows. He always got so into the music, whether it was a banger or a ballad, and it was absolutely captivating to watch. My second Coasts tattoo is in his handwriting. Finally, Ben is the free spirit of the band. He’s a very passionate man with a zest for life. While he does have a wild streak, he is always very caring. He was the first member I ever really spoke to. My first tattoo is in his handwriting. I love all five of them equally and they all hold special places in my heart. I also have a lot of love for Matt. While he was never an official member of Coasts, he did play with them for all of the tours I saw them on except the last, on which he did sound. He was always stuck in the back corner of the stage, but he always put so much energy into the sets. I loved to watch him play. He was always an official member to me.

Through them I have also met some amazing friends. Friends from different states and different countries who I would not have met otherwise. When I say Coasts fans are the best fans in the world, I truly mean it. Who else would open their home to a stranger from another country and take them to Coasts shows? Who else would fly to meet up with me to go on a last minute adventure to see them? I’ve never met any fans as kind as Coasts fans.

So, the question remains: where do I go from here? While it pains me that I won’t be able to make it to their farewell tour, at least I have the memories. I have the memories of all 25 shows I have been blessed enough to go to. I have the memories of doing merch for them at some of those shows. I have the memories of all the hugs and laughs. I have the memories of all the times I’ve broken down crying on some of them (not my proudest moments). And most of all, I have the memories of how they made me feel. The line “you make me feel like I’m holding onto something real” always meant a lot to me because they were what kept me holding on. And believe me when I say that Coasts are “the love you can’t replace.” Nothing will ever be able to replace my love for them. At least I still have the music and the memories.

Thank you for everything.

2015, Columbia, SC (my first Coasts show)

2016, Columbus, OH

2017, Manchester, UK

2018, Boston, MA