Tim McGreary released ‘Around and Around’ back in the Autumn.
‘The Tug of the Moon’ is from Sarah McQuaid’s album ‘The St Buryan Sessions’.
We’ve listed to two tracks from this album already – ‘Rabbit Hill’ back in Week 15 (6th October) and ‘Last Song’ in Week 11 (8th September). ‘The Tug of the Moon’ has a New Year theme, and the video to go with the track is being released on 4th January.
About ‘The Tug of the Moon’ Sarah says, “I was inspired to write it by the “leap second” that we had to add to the New Year’s Eve countdown back in 2016, in order to compensate for the slowing of the earth’s rotation caused by the moon’s gravitational pull. As with the rest of the album, the track was filmed by Cornish film-maker Mawgan Lewis and second cameraman John Crooks as it was being recorded live in St Buryan Church.”
‘The Tug Of The Moon’ is track 13 of ‘The St Buryan Sessions’, which was released on 15 October 2021 on CD and limited-edition double LP.
Skating Polly released ‘Hollywood Factory’ back in November.
There’s a difficult to describe, yet timeless quality to certain songs that transcends genre or era. It’s something that you can’t fake or contrive and it’s what lies at the core of Skating Polly’s music. The multi-instrumentalist duo of Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse started their band in Oklahoma in 2009.
Skating Polly have confirmed they will be touring in Europe during February and March. Speaking of live shows, “It can get pretty chaotic when we’re playing. People have said it feels like it could fall apart at any moment but in a good way,” Bighorse says with a laugh. “We try to make our music honest and engaging and I think that’s what drew us to people like Nina and Louise or Exene; you can probably guess a lot of the acts that we love, but we’re able to keep making music that always sounds like us,” Mayo explains. “We really try to make the songs the focus instead of trying to flaunt technical musical abilities,” adds Bighorse. The ‘Make It All Show’ is the most fully realized work by Skating Polly yet and hints at an even brighter future for one of rock’s most promising acts.
Gmack released ‘No Going Back’. It features Heres Gerry.
The Leylines released ‘Breakout’ on 23rd November.
The Leylines are a west-country based group. They have a genre-defying, violin & guitar driven sound which mixes Folk & Indie. They come up with what can only be described as huge festival anthems! Founded in 2013, by a group of musicians combining their individual musical style into something that isn’t quite Folk, sort of Punk but 100% heart pounding revelry. This unique sound (combined with lyrics ranging from social issues, life on the road and partying with friends) launched the band into the heart of the UK music community.
The band released their second studio album ‘Recover Reveal’, in March 2019. Starting work on it almost immediately after the release of ‘Along The Old Straight Track’, their début record. Their second record was nearly three years of honing and crafting, with a number of tracks crowd tested at numerous venues and festivals across the UK. The result is a collection of sincere, straight form the heart performances, constructed with care and played with passion.
An anthem in the making, the superb new single ‘Breakout’ is taken from ‘Recover Reveal’. It’s also the name of their upcoming 2022 tour.
On 25th November The Hynx (pronounced The Hinks) released their mini-LP, ‘Your Tomorrow’ from which this is the title track.
Stark dichotomy is not often a musical aspiration. The Hynx, a four-piece band from the US Midwest, strive to write music with such a balance. The band melds a swirling sound-scape of lush guitars with a pulsating rhythm section and powerful, soulful vocals to create atmospheric music rich with drama, hooks and explorations into the human experience.
Terry Bickers produced their 6-song, début mini-LP, ‘Your Tomorrow’. Bickers was the perfect producer for the band as his own material strikes a compelling balance between experimental tones and accessible rock ‘n’ roll songs like The Hynx.
“When I first heard the rough mixes, I sensed that this was going to be something very special,” recalls Bickers. “Musically and lyrically The Hynx paint vivid pictures, which are on a par with the best. It has been a great experience working with the band!”
‘Your Tomorrow’ is available on vinyl, short run of CDs and digitally.
Also back in November, Rich Chambers released ‘I Wonder’.
From humble beginnings to redefining classic rock, Vancouver’s, Rich Chambers has a story not unlike that of countless other musicians. Discovering a passion for the guitar at age 10, and an even greater passion for song writing at 14, he embarked on a life-long commitment to music and song writing. Like any successful individual, he is all about commitment, dedication, hard work, maintaining perspective, and believing in himself.
Throughout 2021, Chambers has been consistently and methodically releasing new original music. His socially conscious rocker, ‘I’m So Tired’, came out in January, accompanied by a hard-hitting video brimming with thought provoking social commentary. This was followed in the spring with his mid-tempo, love gone wrong, ‘Sorry Isn’t Good Enough’. His summertime release was ‘Summer Looks So Good On You’, (which we heard in back in week 5, 28th July) a Beach Boys meets Katrina and the Waves fun and sing-along-able offering. That was followed by his fall release, ‘High School Can’t Last Forever’, a rocker that merges the sounds of Buddy Holly and Green Day to explore the notion of what really constitutes youth and innocence. For winter, Chambers has released ‘I Wonder’, an infectious, almost bubble gum pop/rock song that Chambers likes to simply call a “musical guilty pleasure.”
DJ Dobrel released ‘I Want to Know Your Name’ on 10th December.
Dublin based DJ & Producer DJ Dobrel has released ‘I Want To Know Your Name’, on all streaming platforms. The track was developed in FL Studio in collaboration with No face records. It celebrates a return to freedom and spontaneity after what has been a gruelling 18 months for most people. The song combines melodic piano with fresh synth vibes to create a modern dance/club anthem with a 2000s-inspired nostalgic twist. DJ Dobra says, “I wanted to inspire people to be spontaneous again, it’s something we couldn’t be for so long yet it’s what makes life so interesting, meeting new people and going to new places.”
Movment released their album, ‘Transformation’, on 2nd December. ‘Leave Me Alone’ is the second track from that album.
Movment are a Post-Punk alternative Indie Rock band. They are more dark than light, more strong than weak, more direct., and make observations on life and living. They mean what they say. There is a divergence in society. The new album ‘Transformation’, which came out on 2nd December 2021, explores this situation.
The 10 tracks were recorded in End of Light Studios, Mullingar, Ireland, mixed at Milocco, London and mastered by Jerome Schmitt at The Airlab.
Tone Ranger released ‘Wavelength’ on 17th December.
Influenced by his lone journeys through vast Southwestern lands, Tone Ranger’s music travels through realms of analogue technology, vast deserts, empty highways and Red Rock canyons. Starting out in his ‘Rolling Studio’, a van decked out for recording, most of his work was composed living out in National Parks responding to the sounds of the land and collecting field recordings. Since releasing his début EP in 2018 he’s fast becoming one of the most in-demand live electronic acts emerging from the Southwest. Now playing at drive-ins throughout the US; Tone Ranger’s show is expanding into an immersive audio-visual experience.
‘Wavelength’ is taken from Tone Ranger’s current EP ‘Follow The Sun’.
The show is available on MixCloud.
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