Mason Via released ‘Big City’ on 25th August.
Mason Via is proud to present his new album, ‘New Horizons’, from which ‘Big City’ is taken.
You might know Mason as the newest member of Old Crow Medicine show. He recently made his Grand Ole Opry début with them. Mason also recently signed a record deal with Mountain Fever Records. On top of all of that, the legendary and highly acclaimed Del McCoury Band has recently recorded one of Mason’s original songs which will be released on their next album.
Mason said, “When I was in elementary school, I wanted to be an astronaut and hitch a ride on a rocket ship to pick some bluegrass in outer space. That might still happen one day, but until then, I’m gonna keep singing a travelling song and reaching new horizons physically and metaphorically as I tour across the countryside. In this transitional period of my life, an album with themes of perpetual motion, unforeseen changes, and unfamiliar scenery was born.”
Mason Via has a website, at masonvia.com.
Missy Balsam released ‘Burn’ on 25th August.
Starting her musical career blending elements of alternative Rock with Sanskrit mantras from the yogic tradition resulting in her début album in 2016, Missy Balsam has not looked back since. Having toured nationally, performing at various Yoga music festivals and mixing her solo career with a number of band projects, Missy Balsam’s latest endeavour finds her collaborating with singer-songwriter, Tim McGeary. with her new single ‘Burn’.
Described as being a spiritual rocker with her own eclectic and unique sound, you can find more information on Missy Balsam by visiting her web-site, at missybalsam.com or by following her on Facebook or Insta.
On 26th August, Pearl Lee released ‘Mirrors’.
Pearl Lee is a singer/songwriter from Melbourne, Australia. He writes narrative, story driven songs about relationships, social justice, mental health, and self-reflection. He wrote his first song at age 16, and since then has consistently written as a creative and emotional outlet.
Having released a début single and a self-produced EP in 2020, Pearl Lee threw himself into the studio, working remotely through lock-downs with producer Nick J. Mason, to put together a polished full length original album. After releasing singles ‘Her Eyes Have Seen The End’, ‘Speak Up’ and ‘In The Winter’, Pearl Lee has proudly released his album ‘Mirrors’, from which we’ve just heard the title track.
The album, ‘Mirrors’ encompasses years of experiences, and you’ll be drawn into Pearl Lee’s world through the narratives woven in each track.
Jack & Janis have released ‘The First Kiss’.
Jack & Janis are based in Leeuwarden, Friesland, in the Netherlands.
There is an official video on YouTube.
Sakyi have released a new single, ‘Your Way’.
North-West London’s R&B/Pop quartet, Sakyi brings on the blissful summery vibes with latest single ‘Your Way’. It is, lifted from their début EP ‘Four’, which is out now across various music platforms. The EP marks a new chapter for the group as they make their début as producers. Often fusing modern soulful R&B with a smooth exuberant bounce of Afro flavours. ‘Your Way’ sees the guys work their mesmerising harmonies into hypnotic soulful R&B arrangements with rhythmic bass, making it the ultimate escapism song.
Sakyi consists of brothers Reece, Aaron, Carl and Eden, who collectively have an undenied passion for soulful R&B.
Molly Payton has released ‘Do It All the Same’.
London-based, New Zealand-raised Molly Payton shares new single and video ‘Do It All The Same’. She also announces her forthcoming EP ‘Compromise’, which is set for release on October 26th.
The single marks Molly’s first new music of 2022. The year has been marked by Molly’s noted presence on the UK live scene, with support slots, festival appearances and more. Set to grace further festival stages this year, Molly will also join Beabadoobee as main support for the ‘Beatopia’ tour through Australia and New Zealand next month.
A love song at its core, ‘Do It All The Same’ is dedicated to the stability and safety of a grounding force amidst the mess of life elsewhere. Converging around the chorus’ lead mantra of “given the choice, I’d do it all the same,” the crashing indie-rock track was written at a time where Molly was questioning whether she could continue to pursue her dreams whilst juggling hospitality jobs with meagre music budgets.
She explains; “This song came about after I’d had a particularly bad run of things. I was out of money and about to start a tour I couldn’t afford and really doubting my future. When you’re living that way it makes you really appreciate any consistency you can get your hands on, and for me that was my partner. ‘Do It All The Same’ isn’t anything profound or ground-breaking; it’s just me thanking another person for being there for me.”
07 September: Auckland, NZ; Powerstation – supporting Beabadoobee
09 September: Sydney, AU; Enmore – supporting Beabadoobee
10 September: Melbourne, AU; Forum Theatre – supporting Beabadoobee
11 September: Brisbane, AU; The Tivoli – supporting Beabadoobee
15 October: Leeds; Live at Leeds
20 October: London; Roundhouse – supporting The Amazons
27 October; London; Folklore
28 October| Bristol; Louisiana
29 October| Manchester; YES – with DC Gore, Splint
03 November ; Brighton; Mutations Festival
12 November; Edinburgh; The Great Western festival
27 December; Taupo, NZ; Le Currents festival
31 December; Wanaka, NZ; Rhythm & Alps festival
07 January 2023; Whitianga, NZ; Coromandel Classic
John Doherty released his new single, ‘Feel Alive’ on 1st September.
Former Little Hours main man John Doherty continues to make strides with his solo career. Having just returned from a successful tour of Germany, the Killybegs, Donegal native has been back in the studio in Dublin with producer Cormac Butler and together they have come up with the feel-good anthem ‘Feel Alive’.
John says: “‘Feel Alive’ is a song about finding and appreciating my home-town again. I’ve lived away from Donegal since I left school but moved back during the pandemic. It sounds rural, but the idea came to me when I was collecting hay with my father during one of the lock-downs. It was an unbelievable summer’s day and we were in a field along the coast, overlooking the Atlantic.
A local farmer, who must have been about ninety, came over for a chat and to see what was happening. Even at his age he wanted to get involved. He was talking about the strange times we were in and that there was a storm coming next week. He said the words “they’re talking about all the rain and the big winds coming” and those lines just stuck with me and were the spark for the song. The rest of the song fell into place for me through memories of growing up here and experiences I was going through at the time.”
On 1st September, Blossom Caldarone released ‘The Princess Song’.
London based songwriter Blossom Caldarone has shared her new single ‘The Princess Song’. Feted for her candid lyrical flourishes as much as her virtuoso multi-instrumentalism, Blossom Caldarone has racked up millions of streams and a loyal fan base, while yet to release her début album.
‘The Princess Song’ explores the fantasy embedded in the turbulent early stages of love. It follows the incessant chaos of the beginnings of a crush, the infantilisation and idealising that comes with trying to figure out, “am I in love?” Sweeping you off your feet, the track platforms enchanting strings, romantic flutes, and chaotic glockenspiels, all coming together to embody the whirlwind of young love.
On the single, Caldarone says, “’The Princess Song’ is about the fantasy you conjure when liking someone; the all-encompassing frenzy of obsession before the crash as you realise your ‘love’ is merely a projected idea.”
Gilad released ‘In My Hometown’ on 2nd September.
We’ve previously heard ‘Avigail’s Song’ by Gilad (Week47, May 2022).
Starting out as a cover band in the 90’s Gilad has since created his own musical genre combining his two loves; 70’s Rock and a passion for classical poetry. Gilad has since gone on to perform on prime-time TV, received national radio exposure, written three musicals and to top it off received a personal thank you letter for his work from US President at the time, Barack Obama. He is now returning with his second single ‘In My Hometown’. It is taken from his forthcoming album, ‘As Time Goes By’.
Dolores Forever have recently released ‘Funeral’.
Following sublime performances at Reading & Leeds Festivals recently, fast rising duo Dolores Forever return with their new single ‘Funeral’. The track is the second from the band’s forthcoming EP, which is due later this year.
Produced by King Ed and recorded in London, ‘Funeral’ is a euphoric, synth-driven pop banger, soaked in hooks and the band’s soaring harmonies. “‘Funeral’ is about toxic friendships and self-obsession,” the duo said of the track. “Wondering whether your friends care about you and whether you should care that they care.”
Dolores Forever consists of close friends and songwriters Hannah Wilson (from Yorkshire) and Julia Fabrin (from Copenhagen). They met at a house party in London, connecting over their love of Mitski, Stevie Nicks and the Spice Girls. Having already wowed at Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds Festivals this summer and with acclaim across the board for their breakthrough début EP ‘Baby Teeth’ and infectious single ‘Rothko’, the duo look set for a huge career. Already looking to the future with a string of magical singles in the works and an EP due later this year, Dolores Forever are building unstoppable momentum. Watch this space.
The Foo Birds released ‘Good to Me’ on 2nd September.
The Foo Birds are Kate Lister (vocals), Joe Shaw (drums, percussion), Charlie Nash (bass), Alex Hill (keys) as well as Dan Abrahams (guitar). They have been writing, touring and eating together for over a decade. Originally brought together in Edinburgh circa 2011 via a student-run Michael Jackson tribute gig, their common appreciation for everything from Miles Davis and D’Angelo to The Red Hot Chili Peppers sparked an unmatchable union and a weekly ritual of cramming into tiny (but cheap) university practice rooms. They soon made a home at the city’s infamous Jazz Bar, where they regularly pulled in loyal followers from all corners of the UK. Since then, the now London-based 5-piece have taken their signature in-the-pocket, move-your-body, soulful sound on tours across the UK and Europe.
Their new single ‘Good to Me’ is a vulnerable and refreshingly direct inquisition into hopeless infatuation and heartbreak. It features original sampled audio from Duddingston Loch in Edinburgh alongside yearning, Max Richter-inspired strings and raw, stirringly soulful vocals. It was released alongside a music video by Alex Armstrong from Word of Mouth Productions, featuring experimental visuals and shots of their local community in Hackney.
A recording of the show is available on MixCloud.
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