Electronic, Singer-songwriter

Voldo Blanka- “Go Your Way” Review

Voldo Blanka is a musical puzzlebox. A musician with experience of over a dozen instruments, interestingly it was the mechanistic washes of sound of electronica that attracted him rather than the squalling muso noodlings of modern jazz or metal. His presentation is restricted to a handful of monochrome photo shoots of him archly peering into the middle distance, and he is absent from the “Go Your Way” video, delegating visual intrigue a troupe of plain-clothes dancers and the decaying underpasses of Los Angeles. Rather than avidly marketing himself, his work is a process of withdrawal and retraction from the public eye.

This is also reflected in his music, which strikes an uneasy balance of melancholic emotion and glacial detachment, exemplified literally in the robotic vocoder vocals that underlay his own.  “Go Your Way” is a surprisingly coherent hybrid of various styles: Philip Glass-esque piano arpeggios, glints of post-rock outfits like Hammock (particularly their song “Tonight We Burn Like Stars That Never Die”) and Explosions in the Sky, clicking percussion reminiscent of Björk’s “Vulnicura” and those synthesised vocals which evoke modern hip-hop and R&B. This impersonal and clinical genre cherry-picking dryly underlays the song’s wistful positivity—“today’s the day”, “you’re on your way up”—as does the grand, shoegaze-influenced production.

If the “Go Your Way” has flaws, they are primarily derived from its anonymity. Voldo Blanka is playing one-handed, afraid to fully commit, and thus the air of stately detachment which pervades “Go Your Way” punctures genuine emotional involvement. However, it is an intriguing introduction to a new artist with a distinctive sound and compelling aesthetic. CO

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Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16ddIO5u4BQ

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Pop, Rock, Singer-songwriter

‘Freedom – What does the word even mean?’ – Beldon Haigh’s protest song

How often do you hear a protest song? Not very, I would say is the case for most people, but in reaction to America’s new president, Mr. Donald Trump, Beldon Haigh has written an anti-trump protest song to empower all those voices who feel the same way.

Supposedly, the idea for the song came to Beldon in a dream, so he was quick to jot down his ideas when he woke up. Beldon used to play in bands back in the 80s such as Mikifin and Boxing Clever and has since honed his craft as a musician, culminating to this point where he has found that writing songs of protest is where his heart lies.

Combining simple, yet effective songwriting with pertinent lyrics that make their way straight to the point, Beldon’s style is no fuss music for the 21st century, formed using classic instrumentation and pop-influenced hooks.

However, Beldon is also influenced by the likes of The Waterboys, Tears For Fears, Bob Dylan and James Taylor, displaying a strong musical pedigree that is clear when you listen to the music.

 

Find out more on Beldon Haigh here:

Links:

https://twitter.com/beldonhaigh

https://www.facebook.com/Beldon-Haigh-Freedom-An-Anti-Trump-Protest-Song-1270990246327550/?fref=ts

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/freedom/id1195525999?i=1195526008

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Rock, Singer-songwriter

James Kennedy’s New Album ‘Home’

Experienced musician James Kennedy has gone solo with his latest record ‘Home’, after years of touring with bands. As front-man of Welsh hardcore-rock group, Kyshera, James has shared stages with big names such as The Stereophonics and has performed for many a sold-out crowd.

The rock and roll lifestyle might seem all glitz and glamour, but the incessant touring took its toll on James, leaving him feeling severely depressed. Consequently, he decided to take a break and it was during this time that Kennedy formed ‘Home’. James turned to what he was good at: songwriting, and this was what helped him through some difficult times.It wasn’t long before ‘Home’ was fully recorded and mastered, but James’ album won’t be out until March 31st.

Since diverging from Kyshera and their aggressive rock sound, James has adopted a more melodic and easy-listening rock style for his solo material. Despite this, there are still elements of classic rock in his music, including powerful solos and memorable chord structures.

Kennedy had serious hearing problems as a child, resulting in 3 major surgeries and the fear of permanent hearing loss always present. This led to his school life being interrupted, developing his ability for self learning, which he applied to learning guitar, vocals, piano, bass and music production. The entirely self taught musician was soon accepted to Welsh College of Music & Drama where he developed his skills further, before working in a recording studio, which he used to form his own label Konic Records.

Titled the 32nd sexiest man in Wales, James Kennedy doesn’t just have soulful raspy vocals and a dynamic performance style. Drawing similarities with Prince, The Script and Paolo Nutini, ‘Home’ reflects Kennedy’s journey of depression from dark to light.

Links:

www.jameskennedystuff.com

www.instagram.com/JamesKennedyUK

www.youtube.com/user/jameskennedystuff

www.twitter.com/JamesKennedyUK

https://soundcloud.com/jameskennedyuk

www.facebook.com/JamesKennedyUK

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Folk, Singer-songwriter

‘Call Me The Moon’ by Mark L. Oakes

Belgian singer-songwriter, engineer and producer, Mark L. Oakes, releases the ideal soundtrack for a karmic road trip with his debut album ‘Call Me The Moon’, which is full of folk-infused ballads and relaxing, easy listening vibes.

Primarily tracked at Mark’s home studio in the heart of the Ardennes, the record has been finalised with the help of cellist, Ben Trigg, and mastered by Grammy award winner Gavin Lurssen in Los Angeles.

With a charming folk-rock sound that will appeal to all listeners, it is easy to compare Oakes to the likes of Neil Young, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Tucker Zimmerman and Ryan Adams.

While singles ‘Shredded Jeans’ and ‘Friend From Above (Sleepless Spouse)’ are tinged with soft melancholy, tunes like ‘Aloof Again’ and ‘None Of These Roads’ will lead you straight to a risky, bitter ground.

Travelling between Europe and the United States with a bag full of projects, Mark sees ‘Call Me The Moon’ as the silver thread out of the vague existential maze.

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/mark-l-oakes

https://www.facebook.com/oakesmusic

https://twitter.com/markloakesmusic

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8pq-OE8Cknqw4FwMdfhMLA

http://www.oakesmusic.com

 

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Pop, Singer-songwriter

Jodie H. Dunn: ‘I Belong In Hell’

After years of songwriting in the comfort of her home, Jodie H. Dunn is breaking out onto the popular music scene with her storming track, ‘I Belong In Hell’. Jodie has a wealth of quality songs at her disposal but it wasn’t until she teamed up with Andy Whitmore at Greystoke studios that she was able to professionally record some of her material.

Unfortunately, Jodie suffered from a lot of bullying during her school years which forced her to move schools eventually, but it was her passion of singing and songwriting that got her through it. She used her talents as a much needed escape from her troubles and these experiences have helped her form some truly moving and emotional songs, including ‘I Belong In Hell’.

Having been signed to an unknown label who gave her major issues, Jodie found herself disheartened from songwriting, but luckily for us, she didn’t let this get her down and now her musicianship has been allowed to shine through.

Find out more on Jodie, here.

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/jodiehelendunn

https://www.facebook.com/jodiehelendunn/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2-EwF7vdFUEFRwGgzk1b5g

https://www.instagram.com/jodiehdunn/?hl=en

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Singer-songwriter

Singer-songwriter Jon McDevitt releases seasonal single ‘Father Christmas’

Jon McDevitt is no stranger to the music industry, from creating the theme tune to the Channel 5 series ‘A Different Life’ to selling 2000 unsigned albums with Giest. The seasonal single ‘Father Christmas’ doesn’t follow the Christmas cliché as the lyrics are carefully considered with the help of co-writer Dominic Hudson. Hudson wrote the lyrics based on elements of his own life as a parent who isn’t always able to be with his children. However the theme of ‘Father Christmas missing from Christmas’ can be interpreted by anyone as they wish, making it accessible for all.

The band consists of multiple talented musicians such as violinist Anna Jenkins who has worked with the likes of Emily Barker, The Unthanks and Frank Turner when he opened the 2012 Olympics.

Stream a teaser of ‘Father Christmas’ here:

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/jonmcdevittsongs/

http://www.jonmcdevitt.com

 

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