Alice Pisano – Tears Will Set You Free
Italian born, London based singer-songwriter Alice Pisano returns with electro-pop anthem ‘Tears Will Set You Free’. Co-written by acclaimed folk-pop artist Benjamin Francis Letfwich, and produced by Troy Miller (Emeli Sandé, Jamie Cullum), the latest number follows in the successful footsteps that her debut EP ‘Celebrate Life’ went through. Alice stated that, “Tears Will Set You Free is a song about accepting and embracing the dark times. I feel that crying is often seen as a sign of weakness, but for me letting go to my emotions is very cathartic and the fastest way to move on”.
Taking Alice’s sound is a slightly more pop-based route, this refreshing new sound signifies a subtle revelation in Alice’s music. Still holding onto her warm songwriting, the vibrant instrumentation features powerful moments that uplift the single’s core. Featuring heartfelt lyricism, which is a prominent part of Alice’s songwriting, her vocal performance continues to shine and shows that this young songwriter oozes with talent out of every pore. There’s gentle nudges towards pop artists such as Gabriella Aplin and Hannah Grace in the track’s arrangement, proving that Alice’s songwriting is up there with the greats. Gentle but including fierce vocals, remember the name Alice Pisano, I’m sure you’ll be hearing a lot more of her in the months to come.
Safari Room – Young Water
Safari Room are an indie-rock trio based in Nashville, TN. With a comfortable discography sat behind them beginning in 2015, it wasn’t until 2018 that lead vocalist Alec Koukol decided to put the band on stage. With comparisons drawn to The National, Grizzly Bear and Elbow, the colourful outfit returned May 1st with their latest single ‘Young Water’, taken off their upcoming album release in July. On the release, Safari Room had this to say, “it details the tension and release of monotony and the hope to break out of stagnant, cyclical behaviors. Releasing this music in light of the current crisis feels like a way to come together and push through this in unified positivity.
Securing why people are finding them an intriguing band, ‘Young Water’ is bathed in an indie-rock soundscape, intricate grooves, and retro guitar tones. With elements of experimental in their craft too, the new single connects influences from all over the globe. The thoughtful and optimistic lyrics feel comforting during the difficult climate the world is going through, and the overall instrumentation is exceptional. A look into a exhilarating future for the trio, Safari Room are destined to be the next big thing out of Nashville. Gearing up for the release of their first full-length album, if this release is anything like the album ahead, we’re in for a treat.
Chameleonize – Spoiler
Illustrating their take on a break-up number, Chameleonize’s newest single ‘Spoiler’ deserves to put the band firmly on the map. Can you imagine soul mixed with prog? No need to imagine anymore, let me introduce you to Chameleonize. Based in New York, the quintet’s new anthem solemnly tells a story of heartbreak, and seeking revenge. Chameleonize mentioned, ‘The song is about moving on from a toxic relationship and realizing that person couldn’t accept the passion you were willing to give’. Experimental with it’s head firmly in the clouds, the soul-prog number fuses elements of different genres into one, making it a single for anyone. The main idea for the release was written spontaneously on a laptop in a college apartment in Oneonta NY, and with that in place, the exotic anthem was born.
Highlighting movement in the track’s groove, the angelic harmonies outline a wide space for the neo-soul meets jazz fusion hit. Usually when a band try to fit different genres into one single, it can get messy, but Chameleonize specialise in being true to their art as much as possible. Nudges towards Snarky Puppy, Hiatus Kayiote and Stevie Wonder, the quintet could easily get to stardom with their infectious music. Combining complex rhythms, contagious pop melodies and a unique twist on contemporary music? What’s not to like! Their eyes are set on their upcoming debut EP, and I can tell you now, fasten your seatbelts Chameleonize, you’re destined for the big time.
Mari Dangerfield – Arrow
Anglo-Portugese alt-pop artist Mari Dangerfield resides in London. Bringing a whole new meaning to alternative pop, the quirky songwriter uses a vintage yet modernised arrangement’s in her music. Innovative and showcasing the alternative world has layers of individuality, Mari draws inspirations from artists such as David Bowie, Metronomy, and even musicials. Returning with her first single or 2020, ‘Arrow’ is inspired by the flair of the musical theatre industry as well as strong vocal hooks. On the release, Mari said, ‘Arrow is about having a crush on someone whilst also struggling with rejection and finding a way to take control of desire that will also guarantee meeting no harm.’
Covering personal struggles, Mari’s strong messages always involves layers of the human emotions. Personal and intimate, ‘Arrow’ was co-produced with Luar (Alberto Hernandez) and Ninski’s own Grgur Rain of Tileyard Studios. Heroic and even featuring samples of an arrow being fired, it’s Mari’s excellent vocal motif’s that pull at the heart-strings. Featuring one of the best vocal tones of the month, the vulnerability that lies within the track’s core is brushes off with the fierce arrangement. Independent and comforting with the world’s darkness right now, ‘Arrow’ will shoot straight for your heart with all it’s emotions in one. A beautiful adaptation on rejection that needs to be heard.
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