Debris Discs – Save My Life
With lockdown proving to be a time where James got creative, ‘Save My Life‘ is the latest single from Debris Discs, the solo project from former Coves & Caves and My Side of the Mountain frontman and songwriter James Eary. Marking James’ fifth release of the year, ‘Save My Life’ is soothing, and a serenade that the world especially needed right about now. On the release, James stated, “‘Save My Life’ asks a big question with a myriad of answers. All that’s really required to dig a tunnel through the despair is the knowledge that somebody actually cares about you. Someone that sees through those painted smiles and nonchalant shrugs and knows when you’re not ok. It’s not about heroics and grand gestures. This life is saved by love.“
Armed with a chilled vibe to it’s core, ‘Save My Life’ is coated in desirable melodies that will float you to paradise. Featuring a drum machine, and elevating synthesisers, the versatility within ‘Save My Life’ is strong, and showcases an artist not wanting to stick to a specific side of music. A song that has the power to play over in your head even when not listening to it, ‘Save My Life’ is one of those tracks that you’ll be happy entered your life. Pleading reassurance and certainty, Debris Discs’ new track is a strong contender in the dream-pop world.
Madeline Finn – Whippoorwill
What would you say to your future self if you had the chance? Madeline Finn’s new single ‘Whippoorwill‘ is about a conversation with your future self about all the things you’d give up to where you’d hope to be. Produced alongside Ben Cramer (Old Sea Brigade) and Owen Lewis (Phillip Phillips, Lady Gage), Madeline Finn sure has fine company on the latest single. No stranger to the industry, Madeline has a comfortable discography sat behind her and released her debut album back in August. Having also fronted Envoi and Whiskey Hollow, the songwriter takes centre stage in the latest single, and completely owns her spotlight. A dynamic track that combines heart-on-sleeve lyrics, and an indie rock atmosphere, ‘Whippoorwill’ explores indie folk with an elegant twist of alternative.
Talking about the release, Madeline mentions, “Writing ‘Whippoorwill’ was a challenging exploration into the world of personal sacrifice and the meaning of success, [and] a passion piece from start to finish.” One of the most refreshing tracks I’ve personally heard this month, Madeline Finn’s songwriting is absolutely breathtaking and showcases an artist destined for stardom. A complete natural, the Nashville based singer-songwriter is a necessity to your playlist. An artist that grows with each release, ‘Whippoorwill’ is best described as a delicate number that will take control of your heart.
Panem – Something I Don’t Know
French quartet Panem release the fourth single from their debut album. Titled ‘Something I Don’t Know‘, the alternative rock wonder is armed with a soulful production and even pop elements. Recorded at Theirry Chassang’s Master Studio near Le Mans, Frances, ‘Something I Don’t Know’ is bathed in sensational vocals, a jazz inspired guitar solo and character. Building in momentum from start to finish, Panem talk about Something I Don’t Know, “The lyrics are about hesitation, missed opportunities and feeling overwhelmed by the pressure of making the right choices. Musically speaking, on the 1st verse the guitar highlights the voice with a simple kick drum pattern and long bass notes.“
With their tracks telling stories and exploring themes straight from the heart, Panem create a warm backdrop suited to make listeners feel. Something definitely for everyone within their music, the cross-genre outfit swim through many different influences from the likes of Sting, Porcupine Tree to even Tori Amos and NOA. It would be absolutely barmy to hear all these artists on one stage collaborating but Panem create a sound that weaves through decades of inspiration, and that’s what makes them entirely original. Panem are certainly a band that will be staying on my playlist for a very long time, and I suggest the same will be for you.
Springbar – If I’m in Trouble
Springbar are an indie rock band from Skelmersdale, a little town just outside of Liverpool. Back with their second single of the year, ‘If I’m in Trouble‘ is the defintion of an indie anthem that will give you motivation to get through the rest of lockdown. A quote from the band and their team states, ‘If I’m in Trouble’ continues to push the boat out to further unexplored territory“, and that’s completely hit the nail right on the head. Released Friday the 13th, this is one of the best releases to have dropped, not only on the Friday, but of the year. An elevating performance streaming with energy, the bouncy number is a much more pop driven approach to previous releases.
‘If I’m in Trouble’ is coated with diverse textures, infectious melodies and a rich amount of influences. Sounding like the love child of Cage The Elephant and Catfish and the Bottlemen, ‘If I’m in Trouble’ builds dynamically even more with it’s vibrant chorus. Diving into lyrical themes of promiscuity and hopeless romanticism, the relatable single is polished and something to be proud of. A track that will cause big smiles during a live-show in the, hopefully, not too distant future, Springbar are youthful, energetic and everything an indie rock outfit should be.
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