Lena Rich – Constellations
Indie folk songstress Lena Rich unleashes her second single of this chaotic year. Titled ‘Constellations’, the track features Lena’s versatile musicianship with influences being heard from across the grid. Sounding somewhere between Maggie Rogers and Fleetwood Mac, Lena’s quirky folk songwriting nudges alternative pop too, but without a robotic production. Shining through with a near-perfect arrangement and showcasing true reality, the breathtaking arrangement flows like water through a stream. Lena quotes, “The song draws the listener in from the start with its upbeat, catchy sound and piercing lyrics. Constellations tells the story of the anger of feeling unheard, be it in a relationship or otherwise.”
Slowly building throughout the release, the pulsating percussion gives the genre-fluid single an extra string to it’s bow. Bathed in a joyful nature, ‘Constellations’ magnifies always staying true to yourself, even when it feels like you have to put on a front. Leaving a mark on your soul, this captivating release is straight from a place of growth. Mature and fearless, the folk-pop number follows in the footsteps of it’s sibling ‘Something in Between’. Lena Rich is someone I’ll definitely be keeping on my playlist from here on out.
Iraina Mancini – Shotgun
Iraina Mancini returns with exotic new release ‘Shotgun’. Giving a subtle nudge to European film soundtracks from yesteryears, this cross-genre number is hard to pin down. Influenced by the likes of indie-pop, jazz, soul and blues, it’s cinematic production is ready for a silver-screen. Like something you’d hear straight off the Killing Eve soundtrack, someone pitch this track already to the producers! Iraina stated that ‘Shotgun’ is, “a sexy, seductive song about being wildly in love, shot with obsession like a bullet through the heart ‘shoot shoot, bang bang’! You know it’s unhealthy and probably a dangerous relationship, but it’s too late, you’re under their spell and you’re taking the risk. It’s about being young, crazy and in love.”
‘Shotgun’ is a hazy track that fully illustrates what it’s like to young and crazily in love. Showcasing what it must have been like in Bonnie & Clyde’s shoes, the playful release is wild. Instrumentally, the track feels contemporary while looking back at the 60s and 70s era. Iraina’s refreshing originality brings sass to the table and moments of European style pop. Inspired by the music she listens to and DJ’s, ‘Shotgun’ is a collaboration track with legendary producer Jazz Kooner (Primal Scream, Oasis).
deafpony – Break Me
South London based trio deafpony release unforgettable new single ‘Break Me’. Inspired by the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club and Foals, deafpony would easily fit on a line-up with their inspirations. Drenched in reverb and upbeat sensibilities, this indie-rock track is one of the positive outcomes from the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK. Marking their third release of the year, ‘Break Me’ takes the outfit in a slight different direction. With previous releases being slightly melancholic and looking into the past, ‘Break Me’ features a side to deafpony that’s optimistic and hopeful. On the track, deafpony mentioned, “Break Me is about falling in love when you didn’t think you could, with the person that has been right in front of you the whole time; it’s about sleeping with your best friend just to feel something.”
‘Break Me’ illuminates a band sticking to their signature sound. Alternative rock with indie-pop elements, the track features memorable vocal tones, infectious guitar melodies and personality. Lively and ready for listeners to endeavour into it’s tasty arrangement, deafpony turn a negative time into something special. Brightening up your day with it’s mesmerising soundscape, ‘Break Me’ doesn’t follow the typical indie rulebook, and that’s what makes it stand out even more.
Théa Maria ft The Dunwells – Settle Down, Love
A collaboration that the world didn’t know it needed until now, soulful singer-songwriter Théa Marie, and her captivating outfit team, up with indie pop-rock outfit The Dunwells in spine-tingling new release ‘Settle Down, Love’. A story about finding self-love and courage in the darkest of times, ‘Settle Down, Love’ is relatable and feels human. The team stated that, “Settle Down, Love’ is an internal conversation between Théa and her mind that tells her she’s not advancing, that she’ll never accomplish her dreams. By telling that nagging voice to ‘Settle Down’, Théa is reassuring herself that self-doubt and anxiety in fact are necessary and can only make her stronger.“
Coming at a time where it feels hard to make the next move in whatever adventure you’re apart of, the indie-pop anthem states to hush that annoying voice of doubt, and to keep doing whatever’s true to you. About determination and a highly motivational piece of music, the spacious soundscape is still intimate but heroic. Truly inspirational and something to stick on whether you’re experiencing a hard time, the winter blues or just having a ‘meh’ day, ‘Settle Down, Love’ is an escape to a world of hope via a contemporary pop arrangement.
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