Earl Gray Collective – Landslide
With the band’s name coming from lead singer Will Gray and drummer Katie Earl’s last names, this band have nothing to do with the tea. Only thing in common with tea is they’re addictive and something you need in your life everyday. Based in South London, this band cross through realms of genres you think wouldn’t work, but they do. Inspired by Blues, Indie Rock, Funk and even Disco, Earl Gray Collective return with their second single of 2020, ‘Landslide’. Destined to get listeners moving and swaying to the track’s arrangement, the infectious arrangement of ‘Landslide’ is the perfect first track to dive into Earl Gray Collective’s warming discography. Discussing their new single, the band mentioned, “We’ve had a lot of fun creating this latest single Landslide, we feel like it gives a fresh twist on disco that gets your feet moving and your heart pumping.”
Bathed in charisma and true enthusiasm, this is the track to put on when you’re feeling blue. Bound to give you that get up and go you need on a Monday afternoon, ‘Landslide’ soars in with confidence and a big cheesy grin on it’s face. Fuelled with colourful instrumentation, near the end, the track dives into a half-tempo rhythm, giving it an extra level of expression. Fist pumping music, the vibrant number showcases a band sticking to their influences and creating innovative music. With influences ranging from Jamie Cullum, to Matt Corby and even Paramore, this is a band that refuses to be left in the background, as centre stage is their true home.
Antonia Vai – Kali’s Song
Swedish singer-songwriter Antonia Vai unleashes bold single ‘Kali’s Song’ into the atmosphere. An artist known for her distinctive soundscapes, the empowering new number details an artist stepping her musical presence game to the next level. Self-produced and armed with exotic flavours, ‘Kali’s Song’ is an electronic-pop number with a subtle stroke of experimental music in the mix too. With themes of feminism declaration and an emotive story all wrapped into one, the track is told through the eyes of Hindu goddess Kali. Antonia tells, “Kali embodies the limitless right to be, to feel as a woman — without seeking permission. Her dance is filled with unapologetic, transformative rage. She is seen as terrifying but we need to remember; she appears as a reaction, to things that have long been terrifying before her arrival.”
‘Kali’s Song’ is a track that will connect to you on many levels… musically, physically and spiritually. Antonia Vai is a poetic soul that illuminates many genres into her passionate vocals. Electro-pop, dark folk and alternative in the mix, ‘Kali’s Song’ hears this artist use music as an art form before anything else. Experimental with it’s powerful story, the number fuses spoken word into the arrangement to give it a theatrical feel, ready for a silver screen. Get hooked into this mythological story, it will leave you speechless, in a good way. Released alongside ethereal single ‘Exile’ (produced by Somensumo), Antonia Vai is stating she’s an artist that needs to be heard.
The Violet Stones – Shark
Clearly stating that the grunge scene is far from over, The Violet Stones are illustrating it’s rebirth. Taken off their long-awaited sophomore album, ‘Shark’ is bathed in garage-punk sensibilities with grunge elements. Bringing a fierce attitude to Sydney’s ever-growing underground scene, the outfit have been playing shows and establishing themselves as a band. On the new single ‘Shark’, The Violet Stones stated, “The iconic DIY nature of the recording of this song is accentuated by chaotic production and assertive drum grooves, with Sarah’s voice well accustomed to soaring over the ‘90s influenced guitar riffs”.
Sounding like something straight out of the 90’s, the nostalgic sound of this single will have you reminiscing of the good times, and even hoping for a brighter future. ‘Shark’ is an unpredictable, hard-hitting single that refuses to be put on the back burner. Refusing to be left in the shadows, it creeps through with a crown already firmly on it’s head. Needing your full attention, and bringing out your youthful teenage angst, the refreshing sound of The Violet Stones feels the same as young Nirvana. Illuminating themselves as a power-trio within the industry, it just goes to show that you can have tons of members in your band, but all you really need is 3 for a simplistic, rock n roll energy. With the world firmly in their palm, ‘Shark’ embodies the world of Seattle’s iconic sound is one single release. The Violet Stones are a force to be reckoned with, and could well be the new fresh face of Grunge.
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