Sandra Iris – Dark Blue
Based in Madrid, Sandra Iris is one of those artists you find that instantly makes you fall in love. Armed with influences from across the board, her sound is influenced by lo-fi beats as well as the romanticised vibe of the 50s. Recorded in Sandra’s room, the production was done by Daniel Garcia González. Completely made by ear, as Sandra doesn’t know music theory, with this in mind it makes ‘Dark Blue’ that even more enchanting. Arranged by Daniel, the overall concept of the song is mesmerising.
On the track, Sandra had this to say, “This is a very special song with influences from Radiohead. The tune is about a magical night you don’t want to forget but eventually becomes a memory.” On her songwriting, Sandra added, ‘I write songs to freeze different moments of my life. A beautiful storm, when you got your heart broken for the third time or a lovely night walking through an empty city. Vulnerable yet holding a strong head on it’s shoulders, ‘Dark Blue’ is intimate and up, close and personal. Memorable and securing the feeling of never wanting a moment to end, the single will captivate your memories and hold them tight forever. A soundscape ready for the silver screen, ‘Dark Blue’ is Sandra’s debut and it’ll go down in history.
VALA – Only One
Vibrant Manchester based indie-pop outfit VALA return with ‘Only One’, the follow up single to ‘Say You Want It (That Way). Already gaining coverage from BBC Introducing in Manchester as well as The Unsigned Guide’s Amazing Radio show, the band have only been releasing music the past year and have already proven their ones to watch. With a short promotional tour set to coincide with the single release, all dates have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On the process, Vala mentioned, “We recorded the track entirely ourselves in our living room and kitchen and it was mixed in that very same kitchen by indie-pop artist Sfven (Jamie Clarke). The track was then mastered by Alex Wharton at Abbey Road Studios.” Given on a silver platter, the exotic ‘Only One’ is filled with infectious indie twists that are impossible to ignore. Feeling somewhat traditional and nudging towards old school 60s pop, the number is stuffed with all the ingredients to make it a feel-good tune. Destined for a place on your summer playlist, ‘Only One’ is the light in the current darkness that we all needed right about now. Stay strong and play VALA, they’ll leave you with a big grin on your face for sure.
Benjamino – Clutching at Shadows
Australian based Benjamino unveils latest single ‘Clutching at Shadows’. The new single is also the first offering of his debut EP ‘Open Up The Vault’. Known for his distinctive sound of electronic textures mixed with a prominent funk rhythm section, ‘Clutching at Shadows’ is the ultimate playful number. Armed with influences from across the pond, Benjamino draws inspiration from the likes of Rex Orange County, Father John Misty and Vulfpeck to name a few. Before lockdown, the artist was seen playing his first love shows with a 7-piece band, opening for artists such as Fletcher Gull and Petiguana.
On ‘Clutching at Shadows, Benjamino stated, “The lyrics focus on the imbalance within friendships, and the need for one to realise when thoughtfulness and attention to someone isn’t being reciprocated. For anyone who feels more like they’re an acquaintance to their close friend, this song is for you!”A track that has the power to make your head bop while making you contemplate life will always sit highly in my eyes. Uplifting itself in two different lights, what makes Clutching at Shadows extra special is how it’s identity can be portrayed in your own, relatable way. In conclusion, the lively number needs to be put on repeat while dancing around your house, busting some tropical moves.
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