Sarah Doe “We Were Strangers” Album Review

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Sarah Doe’s third album We Were Strangers is described as “The folk-pop stomp of KT Tunstall seamlessly blended with the stripped-back intimacy of Damien Rice” and I couldn’t agree more as this beautiful album is filled with gorgeously poetic lyrics and Sarah’s angelic vocals.

After studying Commercial Music at Bath Spa University and being the world’s best housemate (we lived together), Sarah Doe went on to become a music teacher and was able to fund this album through playing a number of gigs after work. Sadly as we live a good few hours away from each other I was unfortunately unable to make it to any of these dates yet when the album launch was announced for January 28th I knew that there was nowhere in the world that I would rather be.

The album is a welcome mix of acoustic solo tracks along with a number of tracks accompanied by a band made up of fellow uni mates Mike Griffiths and Jim Heard whilst brother; Chris Doe, lends a hand in he song writing process.

The emotionally  charged We Were Strangers is crammed with poignant lyrics in ‘Clockwatching’ and ‘The Warning Signs’ as well as evocative imagery in ‘Carousel’ and ‘Sweet September Rain’

 

 

Joan “Take Me On” As A Fan With Debut Single

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Two-piece joan made a strong debut with their first single “take me on” yesterday. The title had me singing a-ha lyrics in my head, but believe me when I say that this single is far from the classic “Take On Me,” and in a good way.

This tune boasts heavy synth and catchy lyrics, a winning combo in today’s music scene. It’s nothing short of an earworm. Keep an eye out for these guys. I think they’ll be going far.

Listen to “take me on” below!

Song of the Week: Past Lives 

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A lot of times I find myself saying “Man, that song would be great if it had better vocals.” Vocals truly can make or break a song. At the same time, you can have a superb vocalist backed by a lackluster track. Both are equally bad. So when you find a song that has not only amazing vocals but an excellent track to boot, you just have to tell people about it. “Past Lives” by Børns is one of those songs.

The song opens with nothing but layers upon layers of Børns’ ethereal voice. It’s so stunningly beautiful that it’ll give you goosebumps. The song then takes a turn when a surprisingly upbeat pop track kicks in. The combination of Børns’ angelic voice and the catchy instrumentals make this song a must-listen.

Check out “Past Lives” below.

Delta & Dawn Give Us “Something New” To Love

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Delta & Dawn, a two-man rock outfit from Florida, released their debut self-titled EP today. I saw them play their first show ever in May 2016, before they had even released any music, so I’ve been anxiously awaiting this day for many months. Delta & Dawn was most definitely worth the wait.

interviewed the boys back in June, and Adam gave us this taste of what the EP would be like: “The five songs all fit together as far as style goes, but they all have different moods, so the EP shows a lot of different colors considering how short it is. It ranges from quiet to loud, joyful to sad, all within five songs.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. From the quirky opening notes of “Walk Away” to the beautifully melancholy “On My Way,” this EP takes you on an emotional journey. 

Delta & Dawn have certainly made a promising start to what I hope will be a long musical career. I can’t wait to see what’s next for these boys.

Give Delta & Dawn a listen below!

Song of the Week: Where The Hell Are My Friends

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It’s a great feeling to find a song you can relate to, even if the fact that you relate to it isn’t necessarily a good thing. “Where The Hell Are My Friends” by LANY is one of those songs.

“Friday, wine and the internet, the only love I seem to get.” This song is for the people who find themselves sitting at home alone on a weekend night when everyone else is out partying (me me me me me).  These lyrics are paired with a pop track reminiscent of the ’80s.

Check out the video for “Where The Hell Are My Friends” below!

Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect: Sundara Karma Album Review

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Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect; Sundara Karma’s debut album has been years in the making but was it worth the wait? In a word; yes.

From the highs of ‘Loveblood’ and ‘She Said’ to the moving and gripping “Happy Families’ the album is an exploration of what it means to be young but dig a little deeper and the four piece from Reading may surprise you with the eloquence of their lyrics, religious connotations and references to Plato in ‘Flame.’

Sundara Karma are bringing a renaissance to indie rock and are a ‘band in waiting’ no more as this explosive debut with hard-hitting hooks and intensely provocative lyrics is making a firm impression on the music scene.

Song of the Week: Shrapnel

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I rarely find myself listening to folk music, so when I say I folk song is good, you can believe it’s a pretty good song. “Shrapnel” by Jack Hopkinson has that special something that makes it a memorable tune. 

Jack’s smooth vocals are complimented perfectly by twangy guitar riffs and a catchy snare beat. The incredibly relatable lyrics are just the icing on the cake. 

Check out the video for “Shrapnel” below.