Back in week 2 of the New Music Emporium, I played J67’s single, ‘Heaven’. They have now released their third single – ‘Strangers’.
Both originating from the UK, Julie Infanti and Pete Denton are a female/male vocal/guitar duo, based in Cyprus. Towards the end of 2020 and into 2021 Jules & Pete began writing their own original material and decided on the name J67 to promote this new project. Their debut double A side single ‘Heaven’ and ‘Good Times’ was released on June 25th and they’re third single, ‘Strangers’ was released on 20th August.
Stefan Freedman has recently recorded ‘Braindance’.
Steefan says, “Not long ago I wrote a song with wacky lyrics called ‘Braindance’ and recorded it in Dove Studio, Ipswich.”
Stefan is on Facebook
Kiara Jordan released ‘Young Man’ on 21st August
South Africa-born / London-based singer, songwriter and producer Kiara Jordan shares her enlightening new track ‘Young Man’, which came out on August 21st on all streaming platforms.
Growing up in South Africa and then moving to London gave Kiara an insight into two worlds, where the differences and similarities were striking in that the suffering of one becomes the suffering of all. Her experiences moved her to create a song that doesn’t victimise anyone, but rather shines a light on a life that deserves to be seen. Her song writing skills are touching, powerful and truthful where she can take the pain of another as well as herself and create lyrics that make you think about more than just your own world but humanity as a whole.
On 25th August, Lucy Frantic released ‘Endless Greed’.
Lucy Frantic are a hard hitting melodic Rock trio from Espoo, Finland. The band fuse 90’s energy with 70s progressive Rock and a strong visual aesthetic to take you on their musical journey. From quiet melodic atmospheres to heavy bursts of energy, from light to dark, from Earth to Mars. At the beginning of 2021 the band started preparing for their upcoming debut release, as well as planning a music video. The main idea was, strong colours, psychedelia, Monty Python, with a mixture of 60s and 70s influences. After the idea became clear, Tuomas Kortelainen was found to take the vision to a next level The first single and video have received amazing feedback in Finland and the video won the ‘International Music Video Award – Best Animation Music Video’ at the IMV Awards but now it’s time to unleash the debut single on the rest of the world.
Wide Room released ‘Hadron’ on August 25th.
From passionate eruptions to calm moments of reflection, the music of Wide Room takes the listener on an introspective journey to experience an understanding of our existence as a creation of God. With distinctive and poignant vocals ranging from ethereal to abrasive, progressive drum grooves, driving bass lines and intricate layers of electric guitar, there is not a shadow of doubt that alternative rock is alive and well. While the energetic passages never lose control and the quiet sections in between feel like a warm embrace, there is a palpable electricity unifying every minute to a transcending whole.
Lyrically, the album explores the forces of God the creator that holds people and spirits together within, analogous to the strong nuclear forces that act between the Hadron particles. The music reflects the spiritual warfare that wages inside us all between the strive for goodness, wisdom and righteousness against selfishness, greed and resentment. Coinciding with the launch of the Hadron album is a unique concept of releasing videos of alternative live version of the album’s songs on the band’s website and YouTube. Furthermore, each of the album’s songs is accompanied by a perfectly fitting individual artwork and video by the bands long-time friend Elia Marinucci thereby augmenting and complementing Hadron to a multisensory experience.
On August 26th, Ivy Mor released her new EP, ‘Milestones’ from which ‘Lost My Way’ is the first track.
Following the release of her last single ‘In Other Words’, Ivy Mor released her debut EP ‘Milestones’.Ivy describes the EP as an autobiographical soundtrack which captures the narrative of her lifelong journey. She’s been working on the EP for the past three years with Tel-Aviv based producer Yehonatan Sasson. With topics such as women empowerment, Veganism (which she has been an activist for in the past 7 years), self-acceptance, identity formation and a longing to belong, the singer-songwriter hopes to send out important messages with this EP and says: “Milestones embodies all the important things I have dealt with which have shaped the woman I am today. I hope people can find their own story within and the messages will strengthen their own identity.”
Dean Friedman released a brand new single and album, ‘American Lullaby’, on 27th August.
Dean Friedman, one of the pre-eminent songwriters of his generation, released his ninth studio album, ‘American Lullaby’ on August 27th. The crowdfunded album touches on a broad range of topics including: the calamitous pandemic, looming environmental disaster, racism, sexism, our fractured politics, and an intractable culture war. The title track ‘American Lullaby’, is a moving account of America’s original sins and 400 year love affair with guns
Friedman explains, “The new album reflects my personal take on all the crazy stuff that’s been happening in America – and around the world – for the last six years. Like all lullabies, it’s filled with tales of dark deeds and disaster, but couched in soft, gentle tones, meant to soothe and comfort the listener, while gently bracing them for the potential terrors that await.”
He has a website at www.deanfriedman.com
Anne Bennett released ‘Heavy Hand’ on 27th August.
Salem, Massachusetts, best known for its witchy past, has an eerie energy that might ward some away. Salem native Anne Bennett absorbed this dark mystery and found comfort in the daunting emotions, which she has channelled into the melancholic music she makes today. In the midst of the pandemic, Anne made the courageous decision to join The Songwriting Academy, a one-year, virtual, UK-based commitment that connected her with her mentor, and now friend, Paul Statham. Bennett’s time with notable mentors at The Songwriting Academy inspired her to create music that embodied her authentic, beguiling self. Her sound is raw and honest, a welcome change from current trends. She’s nostalgic, with western goth undertones that fill her art with character. She credits PJ Harvey as her ultimate influence but also finds inspiration in Mariah Carey’s fierce independence: these influences challenge Bennett to push her own limits, and encourage her to make music that personifies her true aesthetic and attitude.
Bennett now resides north of Salem in a historic New England home, where she has recorded her upcoming singles in her own home studio, reminiscent of the place she began her musical journey as a child. “I wrote these 3 songs on my road trip down south,” Anne shares. “I wanted a gritty, dirty feel to the tracks.” Working alongside UK-based producer Rory Carlile, Anne worked diligently to transform her work into exactly what she had envisioned. “I’m defiant,” says Anne. “I want to be remembered as someone who refused to take no for an answer.”
‘The River’ was released by Son Savage on 27th August
Son Savage brings a much needed global perspective to his anthemic, high-energy pop music. Born in Lebanon and based in Dubai, he has collaborated with artists from Europe to the USA, creating an infectious, one-of-a-kind style in the process. His music sets itself apart with a sense of adventure, exploring the dualities of modern life through memorable melodies and hypnotic rhythms.
Although music has always been his true passion, Son Savage spent much of his adult life working in the corporate world. That would all change after the August 4th Beirut Blast, when his hometown in Lebanon was devastated by one of the largest explosions in history. Confronted with the fragility of his own life, he decided not to waste another day, and began pursuing music with his whole heart. With several singles, including ‘The River’, and a full length debut on the way in 2021, Son Savage is well on his way to establishing an international audience. Each of his tracks reveals a different side of his artistry, as he sings about love, loss, and madness with incomparable conviction. Speaking of The River, Son Savage explains, “The track explores toxic patterns in the context of love. Doing things that you know won’t lead anywhere but drifting along regardless.”
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