Tropical Boyfriend Catalogue – I Celebrate Christmas (Better Than You)
With Christmas just round the corner, this year is going to feel different that’s for sure. Tropical Boyfriend Catalogue are here to uplift your spirits slightly earlier. The London based quartet are two singles into their new era named ‘Something I Can Feel Alive In’, and it surely will lift any mood. Titled ‘I Celebrate Christmas (Better Than You)’, the new single is an electro-pop number with the power to steal your hearts over Christmas. A track that would work perfectly on a Christmas advert, the experimental pop number will get you swaying to it’s infectious beat instantly.
Zak Lyons of the band mentioned, “The song is about being present in the moment away from the rest of the world. The lyric I don’t want to be in the third space is about avoiding communal and online areas and being in the first place which is home. The second place is work. The song for me is speaking to the media… they are the you in the title.” Written as what feels like a middle fingers up to toxicity in a time where the world doesn’t need it, ‘I Celebrate Christmas (Better Than You) is about celebrating and living for today, not for tomorrow. A sensational release that deserves to be in everyone’s stocking this year, this is quickly becoming an essential Christmas song.
Claire Donzelli – I’m Not Sorry
Singer-songwriter Claire Donzelli doesn’t apologise in latest single ‘I’m Not Sorry‘. Showing a different side to her music that usual, the new release is filled with attitude and acts as an anthem that exclaims standing your ground. Based in California, the dream-pop songwriter and multi instrumentalist showcases an uplifting electro-pop side to her persona. Claire’s third single to date is a statement that tells listeners to stand up for themselves and believe in yourself. A track that comes in a time of need, ‘I’m Not Sorry’ feels like a friendly companion that’s rooting you on as you conquer your dreams. A pop anthem that stands on it’s own two feet fiercely, ‘I’m Not Sorry’ is an empowering release that draws influence from artists such as Joan, Tame Impala and even Dido.
On the release, Claire mentioned, “‘I’m Not Sorry’ was inspired by an experience I had with someone who constantly mistreated me and disrespected my boundaries, and lashed out at me even more when I tried to defend myself. I put my foot down, got myself out of a bad situation, and never looked back. It’s an empowering, feel-good song that reflects how standing up for yourself is something that should be celebrated – not sorry for.” A modern twist on an 80s style production, ‘I’m Not Sorry’ features a danceable beat, memorable hooks and is armed with bold statement.
Hugh Kelly – Sleeping On Your Own
Producer and composer Hugh Kelly is an artist you should be keeping on your playlist from here on out. Back with the second single of the year ‘Sleeping On Your Own’, Hugh Kelly is an effortless songwriter drowning in talent. With the latest single produced entirely from his bedroom during lockdown, the story behind the single describes a short-lived but intense relationship. Mainly in an indie-pop limelight, ‘Sleeping On Your Own’ is replicated through a cinematic production that showcases how multi-talent Hugh Kelly truly is.
On the single, Hugh mentioned, “It deals with the degradation of a relationship at the hands of struggles with mental health. It is easy to look back in hindsight at a relationship and wonder how you ever got yourself into the situation in the first place, and this song deals with all those feelings.” A song that could easily be a hit in the mainstream charts as well as the underground indie scene, this track feels like it caters for millions across the globe. Influenced by the likes of James Blake, LCD Soundsystem, and Miike Snow to name a few, Hugh Kelly is a name you’ll be remembering . ‘Sleeping On Your Own’ journeys through realms of mental health struggles and uncertainties, yet using it’s uplifting instrumentation and orchestration, is portrayed vibrantly. A sensational release that deserves huge success.
SHYAWAY – Smile For the Camera
Adam Macaulay aka SHYAWAY resides in Brighton, UK. A multi-instrumentalist and producer creating music without boundaries, the latest release from SHYAWAY is alt-rock meets pop wonder ‘Smile For the Camera‘. A track that takes centre stage and owns every moment, this seems ironic as SHYAWAY aims to ‘shy away’ from the spotlight, rather than be in it. Bringing a strong musicianship to the table, this alternative rock meets pop track highlights a musician ready for world domination. Only starting to release music this year, Adam Macaulay is no stranger to the industry and has spent the last decade working in various projects.
On the release and concept of ‘Smile For the Camera’, SHYAWAY states, “Modern culture pressures us to be rich, successful, beautiful, healthy, extroverted, and popular. We continually compare ourselves to friends, frenemies, and celebrities; which ultimately makes us feel inferior. We should eschew social media and this self-worshipping lifestyle; focus on the life we’re actually living right now as opposed to the carefully curated online one. Either that or we just do what Kim Kardashian does; shake our ass for the masses and smile for the camera.” “Smile For The Camera” talks about owning your craft and just simply being yourself. Live every moment for the now, and stay in the present as much as you can. At just under 2 minutes 10 seconds long, SHYAWAY’s latest track deserves to be stuck on repeat.
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