On 7th March Marija Droze released ‘Broken Glass’.
This track comes from Marija’s new album, ‘Maria with a ‘J’’. We’ve previously heard ‘Cry Baby Cry’ (Week 52, June 2022) which is also on this album.
Marija Droze was born in the small Eastern European country of Lithuania. There was always a spiritual beckoning toward music from as early as she could remember. Some of her earliest musical influences were not typical of a small-town girl in that part of the world. She found solace in genres foreign to her surroundings; she identified with artists that were completely different and somewhat unknown in that day, time and place.
Marija spent the better half of her life studying music in some of Europe’s top music universities where she honed her skills as a vocalist, classic pianist and majoring in music theory. Fast forward to a festival, and she met the love of her life, who also was deeply involved in the music she admired. Her husband of 10 years, Billy Droze, a very accomplished artist in his own right, was on tour and Lithuania just happened to be one of the stops. The couple have gone on to record multiple albums together, with Marija lending her angelic harmony and lead vocals.
Speaking about ‘Broken Glass’ Billy says, “This song was supposed to happen, we were at a photo shoot with the famed photographer Anthony Scarlati when he captured the coolest picture of Marija behind a broken window pane and said “Y’all should write a song called Broken Glass” and I went home to my studio and began construction, it turned out cool! Just goes to show you songs can come from anywhere.”
Marija has a website, at marijadroze.com.
Eimear released ‘I Am Woman’ on 8th March.
Eimear Crehan is delighted to release the first new single since the release of her last album in 2022. This brand new track ‘I Am Woman’ is a powerful anthem. It features a 22 piece female choir and came out on International Women’s Day, March 8th 2023. This deeply moving, passionate and powerful song takes the listener on a fabulous journey through all the nuances that are involved in the human experience. The choir add so much to that listening experience.
Eimear is well known for her incredible lyrics and storytelling and this song is no different. She wrote this for a friend, Dearbhla Mescal, who is going through some treatment. It’s about how inspiring this friend was, standing in her power while being so vulnerable and encouraging others to stand with her and not look away. The song encapsulates so much about the strength of women, it’s such a strong poignant and beautiful message. With fantastic vocals, top notch instrumentation, fabulous production and finish, this song needs to be heard by the world!
Eimear is currently touring with Jack Lukeman with a fantastic line up of gigs ahead of her this year including a spring tour, festival bookings and a trip to New York later in the year. Sheis really enjoying being back on tour in 2023.
On 10th March Chico y Andres released Boem Chiki Boem Boem.
Chico y Andres are two musicians and long-time friends from Spain. Chico Cordoba is a member of the famous Reggaeton band Chico y Altamira. Andres Romero is a producer who was extremely successful in the late 80’s and through the 90’s with bands such as Nunca and 2 Fabiola
On 10th March, The Magic Es released ‘Give Me Something’.
We heard ‘Gone’ by The Magic Es a couple of months back (Week 81, January 2023), and they’ve now released ‘Give Me Something’.
Since 2015, The Magic Es have released 2 critically acclaimed albums, 2 EPs and 6 singles. They’ve received radio play across the globe on 100s of stations and they’ve done this without the backing of any label; pure, hard work and a love for making and playing music.
Lead singer, Pete Thompson, says, “’Give Me Something’ is about having someone that has your back despite the world not necessarily turning the way you want. Despite the chaos, knowing someone believes in you keeps you going! I wrote it quickly last summer and when we went into the studio to record it, I had a clear vision that it should sound like David Bowie’s Heroes crossed with Talking Heads and ELO…I think we got close.”
As well as releasing music at a remarkable rate they’re no slouches when it comes to performing. They’re now gigging up and down the country on a regular basis.
Talk in Tongues Tour 2023
April 14th – Northern Guitars, Leeds
April 15th – NE Volume Bar, Stockton-On-Tees
May 5th – The Brunswick, Brighton
May 6th – The Hobbit – Southampton
Jamie Orr released ‘Make Amends’ on 10th March.
We’ve previously heard ‘Good Enough’ (Week 72, November 2022) from Jamie.
21-year-old rock guitarist and songwriter, Jaime Orr, is an up and coming talent not to be missed. Jamie was exposed to bands like AC/DC and Audioslave from a very early age. Playing guitar helped him to overcome major speech difficulties, allowing him to express himself beyond the use of words. It was a huge turning point and is the reason he’s dedicated himself to a life in music. He says, “The instrument is why I am able to articulate words the way I do now.”
His music focuses on tough themes interspersed with positive messages. Soft ballad type verses influenced by John Mayer combined with hard hitting guitar riff-based choruses inspired by grunge and hard rock bands such as Royal Blood and Nirvana.
Speaking about this track, Jamie says, “This song is an alternative rock song about turning the cold shoulder when you have no choice.”
Austerliz released ‘True Lies’ on 15th March.
True Lies, from Malmoe, Sweden, is a guitar rock ‘n’ roll band mostly in the American tradition of rock. Influences include artists like Neil Young, Iggy Pop and NY Dolls.
Their 6th album, ‘Hoarse’, came out on Vinyl & CD in March 2019 and they followed it up with a lot of live gigs. Some singles came from the album, including ‘Ronson’ and ‘Strain’. In June 2021, ‘Hush! Hush! Hush!’ came from their album ‘New World Blues’. With ‘The Grip’, the second single on that album, following in February 2022, and ‘Sleepwalk’ coming out in June 2022.
‘True Lies’ is the latest single from the ‘New World Blues’ album, and it came out on 15th March.
King Bee & the Stingers have released ‘Contrary to the Word’.
Blues band King Bee & the Stingers are from Indiana, USA. Mark Menefee founded them and was lead vocalist for 13 years before becoming their manager. He has handed over the vocals to his daughter, Sarah. King Bee & the Stingers have been creating quite a name for themselves on the blues music scene in the US.
Having performed at the nostalgic Browns County Playhouse in Nashville as well as the 2023 IBC’s Challenge King Bee & the Stingers now release their new single ‘Contrary to the Word’.
Mad Painter have recently released ‘Illusion’.
‘Illusion’s is on Mad Painter’s new album, ‘Splashed’, which came out on March 15th. We heard ‘Rock and Roll Samurai’ which is from the same album in February (Week 84).
Mad Painter is a new band in the Boston area, deeply rooted in the melodic rock tradition of the 1970s. They play mostly original music, ranging from Woodstock-era psychedelic rock to glam-tinged rock ‘n’ roll a-la Mott the Hoople and the Faces and to epic heavy anthems in the vein of Uriah Heep. It consists of four individuals with wildly ranging backgrounds.
At the centre of Mad Painter is Alex Gitlin, the songwriter and creator of the concept. He is backed capably by drummer Al Hendry, as well as bassist Kenne Highland, a true veteran of the Boston rock scene and the newest addition is guitarist Al Naha. They’ve played, in different line-ups and guises and in many venues around the Boston area. It’s always a good time when you come to their shows, and you know what to expect – nostalgic 70s rock vibes and stage gear to match, great musicianship and songs that will make you get up and bop around, singing and clapping along. A party.
Duncan Moss released ‘Goodbye Mum’ on 16th March.
This track is on Duncan’s new album, ‘Mnemonics – Part 2’ which will be out on 21st April. We’ve previously heard tracks from his first album, ‘Menomics Part 1’ (‘Carefree Days’, in Week 75, November 2022 and ‘Soul Notes’ in Week 83, January 2023)
‘Mnemonics Part Two’ is a fully orchestrated version of the original album. Grammy award winner, Steve Sidwell, conducted and arranged it, and it was recorded at London’s famous Air Studios with a 60-piece live orchestra. The album is a stunning musical soundscape and a labour of love, encapsulating Duncan’s memories and life experiences. The result is eleven, intensely moving tracks, each sincere, powerful, and breathtakingly beautiful.
Duncan Moss is a musician, a non-conformist, enjoying his journey as performance, not a dress rehearsal. With a compelling belief that the possibilities are endless Moss carves his art outside the confines of genre. Guided by passion and instinct and crafting every piece from the heart Moss finds inner peace from music.
Duncan Moss has a website, at duncanmossmusic.com.
Kosta D and the Fortune Tellers recently released ‘Setting Sun’.
Pop rock band Kosta D & The Fortune Tellers are based in Sussex, England. Having performed at a number of festivals as a solo artist in and around the Sussex region, Kosta D has since seen his popularity increasingly grow following the addition of The Fortune Tellers to his band. With local and national radio play already behind them, Kosta D & The Fortune Tellers have been described as having a coffee house relaxed style blend of pop, rock and sometimes gothic tones.
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