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UK Artist of the Week: The Magic Lantern

PHOTO: KASIA WOZNIAK | Our Artist of the Week this week is the The Magic Lantern, aka Jamie Doe. Jamie has been making delicate alt-folk for quite a while now and his single, “Holding Hands” is his latest masterpiece.

“Holding Hands” builds slowly with Doe’s soft, warm vocals opening the track. As the saxophones come into play, they compliment Doe’s voice effortlessly, creating something truly mesmerizing and incredibly unique. Jamie’s ability to combine jazz and folk into something ethereal and is undeniably spellbinding. Fans of Grizzly Bear and Chet Baker will feel at home here.

Jamie is originally from Australia but moved to the UK when he was 12. He decamped to London in 2007 where he expanded The Magic Lantern into a collective, and together they’ve pushed their music to new boundaries inspired by Jamie’s keen ability to pen beautiful lyrics with lilting melodies. Since then, The Magic Lantern has gone from strength to strength and Jamie now excites fans with the anticipated release of his third album, To The Islands, from which “Holding Hands” is taken.

“Holding Hands” is in stores now via Hectic Eclectic Records.

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UK Artist of the Week: Lasse Matthiessen

No newcomer, Danish artist Lasse Matthiessen has been writing songs since he was a child, he’s supported the likes of Suzanne Vega and Anna Calvi, and now hopes to charm listeners with the cinematic grandeur of his upcoming new album.

Inspired by the nocturnal pulse of Paris in the summer, title track and lead single “When We Collided” is the perfect introduction to the heartfelt collection of songs. Filled with Matthiessen’s rich, deep vocals and smooth, twinkling melodies, it oozes a soaring, emotion-strewn splendour.

As the luscious vocal harmonies of Sara Hartman flow alongside Matthiessen’s sweeping majesty, the recording exudes a delicate, sophisticated musicality, making for a truly spellbinding slice of indie-folk. With each track on the upcoming album offering its own unique impassioned grace, reflective lyrical storytelling and subtle, haunting power, it’s bound to captivate on first listen.

With shades of the poignant emotive beauty of José González, When We Collided is in stores on 10th November via Zpektakel Records / The Orchard.

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UK Artist of the Week: Rivera

Chilean born singer-songwriter Inti Rowland, aka Rivera, migrated to the UK as a small child before developing his craft in London as an emotively stylish musician—and he’s this week’s UK Artist of The Week.

Inti’s new single “We’re Alive” was inspired by the dramatic events of a car crash that left the songwriter to reflect on how reckless events can come from a single moment of naivety. The songwriter explains, “When your confidence runs away from you and you think you’re invincible, the song is about surviving what you bring upon yourself.” Having already been compared to the likes of Grizzly Bear and Elbow, Inti’s vocals compliment his musical stylings in a visceral fashion, supplying the track with a legion of beauty and compassion.

After spending to end of 2016 in South America, Inti travelled across the Atacama Desert and the landscapes became the aesthetically pleasing visuals of Rivera. Having previously released material under Inti Rowland and receiving praise from Clash and Gold Flake Paint, his new moniker, Rivera, is now ready to capture listeners with “We’re Alive.”

“We’re Alive” by Rivera is in stores now and available to stream on Spotify.

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Needle Drop:
Best Girl Athlete,
Best Girl Athlete

Following 2015’s debut, Carve Every Word, Best Girl Athlete—aka Katie Buchan—has released her brand new album. A musically rich, eclectic collection of tracks, the eponymous new release perfectly showcases Buchan’s skill as an innovative writer of songs. With each standing alone as a single entity, every track tells its own relatable story with a stirring emotive depth.

Opening with the twinkling melodies and warm vocals of “Baby Come Home,” we’re introduced to the album’s wide range of influences early on as the fast-paced rap of Jack Hughes is suddenly juxtaposed with Buchan’s lilting charm.

From the folk-inspired melodies, emotion-strewn vocals, and luscious harmonies within tracks “Different Face” and album closer “Sometimes,” to the electronic hooks and glitchy beats of anti-establishment anthem “In The Morning,” Best Girl Athlete succeeds in amalgamating genres to create something for everyone.

As sweeping strings and soulful vocals create the captivating, cinematic soundscape of “Cigarette Dreams” and rich piano melodies ooze an alluring, majestic grandeur in “Silver City,” Buchan surprises us once again with the whirring hooks and uptempo horns of “In Your Head.” Swapping Mark Ronson-esque moments to those of Lana Del Rey at the drop of a hat, it’s a truly impressive collection, and it’s hard to deny that Best Girl Athlete has created something rather magnificent and entirely original with this self-titled sophomore offering.

Best Girl Athlete is in stores now via Fitlike Records—on vinyl.

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UK Artist of the Week: Megan Henwood

Having won the BBC Young Folk Award back in 2009, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Megan Henwood has received support from BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe and Janice Long—and has now returned with a twinkling new single.

Taken from her upcoming album River, “Seventh” flows with shimmering melodies alongside Henwood’s warm, smooth vocals. Filled with a heartfelt, swooping emotion, it oozes a sophisticated musicality and delicate beauty, making for a truly charming slice of alt-folk. With shades of This Is The Kit and Lucy Rose, “Seventh” will leave you longing for more of Henwood’s intimate and uplifting soundscapes.

Having already wowed crowds at numerous festivals, including Glastonbury and Cambridge Folk Festival, it looks like Megan Henwood will continue to draw in more fans with her consistently enchanting creations.

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UK Artist of the Week: SEYD

Having only been creating music as SEYD for a mere eighteen months, London-based artist Ellie Robinson has now collaborated with producer De Wilde (BMG) to create her twinkling new single.

A truly captivating offering, “Another World” flows with infectious glitchy beats that provide the backdrop for Robinson’s soaring honey-sweet vocals. A reflection on mortality and the loss of a loved one, the track oozes a sweeping, haunting splendour as chiming electronic hooks and shimmering melodies are interwoven to create a dreamy, whirring soundscape.

Simply spellbinding, “Another World” is a perfect introduction to the musically rich and eerily powerful creations that SEYD has to offer. And, having already received praise from the likes of Crack In The Road and BBC Introducing, we can’t wait to hear what she has for us next.

“Another World” is in stores now via Born Good.

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Needle Drop:
The Chairman,
The Strange Life

Following the success of his debut album 2064, Danish artist Lucas Berner—aka The Chairman—has teamed up with producers Mathias Bang Madsen and Jakob Løkkegaard to release his sophomore offering, The Strange Life.

An eclectic, sonically rich collection, The Strange Life is filled with one sweeping soundscape after another. Album opener “Masquerade In The Radio” oozes the subtle power of Berner’s soulful vocals against a backdrop of twinkling melodies, before “Lemon Yellow” scatters glitchy beats and electronic hooks alongside a soaring, dark melancholy.

From the catchy electro-pop sounds and whirring romanticism of “Dandelions” and “Now That You Love Me,” to the racing spoken word and definite nods towards old school hip-hop found in “She’s Not Fine,” The Strange Life fuses together a vast array of musical layers with experimental song structures and production.

Whether you’re being swept away by the rich lyrical storytelling and haunting power of “Animate,” or simply getting lost inside the complex electronic hooks and impassioned vocals of “Barcelona,” this album offers a captivating and unique take on contemporary pop.

The Strange Life is in stores on 29th September via Danish Music Entertainment.

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UK Artist of the Week: LIEZA

Having travelled alone to Nashville to follow her dream, artist Meghan Roner—aka LIEZA—began her musical journey as an intern for Grammy Award winning Femke Weidema, and has now collaborated with the producer to create her infectious new single.

A shimmering slice of electro-pop, “Eyeliner” is a truly heartfelt creation. Of the track, LIEZA explains: “…’Eyeliner’ is that anthem that you sing to yourself in the mirror when you’ve had a bad day and you’ve forgotten what makes you unique, what makes you strong…Put on your ‘eyeliner,’ whatever armour that may be for you, and then go out and take on the world…”

Flowing with the soaring power of Roner’s twinkling vocals, “Eyeliner” juxtaposes a delicate melodic beauty with sweeping electronic hooks and the subtle empowering sentiment of its rich, lyrical honesty. With shades of the likes of Banks, or even the emotion-strewn power of Lana Del Rey, this elegant new offering from LIEZA marks the young artist as a definite one to watch for the rest of 2017 and beyond.

“Eyeliner” is in stores now via LV Music.

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UK Artist of the Week: Moviestar

This week might be a first for us as our latest Artist Of The Week comes from a trio of intergalactic archeologists who call themselves Moviestar. This band is like no other we’ve come across. Sent to earth to save us all from “Stupid People,” Moviestar combine punk, pop, and sci-fi to create something truly unique.

The first single to be taken from their debut album is the infectiously catchy “Stupid People.” As the title may imply, the single is about people on Earth and the terrible ways we can treat each other and ourselves. Although this band’s narrative is pretty out there, you have to give them kudos for calling out what’s become of the world in its current climate. “Stupid People” is a reverb heavy piece of punk-rock goodness, full of attitude but also a lot of fun.

Their press release tells us they were formed in the future on planet Fenris, but they now reside in Norway as of 2016. Infinity Vik, The Octopus Goddess, and The Anaconda (yes, really) play a variety of obscure instruments including a disfigured guitar with only 4 strings, a 32 stringed instrument, a synth bass, and a child’s drums kit amongst various others we’re sure.

They are also said to put on one hell of a live show with Infinity Vik being compared to David Bowie or Freddie Mercury when it comes to stage presence. If that doesn’t intrigue you, we don’t know what will. We hope we can catch a glimpse of this mystery band in the flesh in the very near future—or maybe the past for them.

Moviestar’s debut album Stupid People / Happy Days arrives in stores on 9th February 2018 via Oh Yeah!

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UK Artist of the Week: Steal The City

Since forming back in 2014, Sheffield punk-rockers Steal The City have fast been building a reputation for their raucous live sets, and are now ready to release their seething new single “Beating Heart.”

Racing with thrashing riffs and immense, pummelling beats, it’s a track that any punk-rock fan should welcome with open ears. Inspired by the idea that we should make the most out of life, “Beating Heart” comes complete with a catchy chorus blasted out by the rasping growl of the vocals. Though tinged with shades of nostalgia harking back to the angst-driven power of the likes of Rise Against, it manages to maintain its own fresh, fist-clenching intensity.

A riotous wall of sound, this debut offering from Steal The City cements them as an enraged force to be reckoned with in the UK and beyond. An instant earworm, you’ll be hooked on first listen.

“Beating Heart” is in stores now via Redemption / Dharma Records.

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UK Artist of the Week: The Bara Bara Band

South London folk collective The Bara Bara Band have not only received acclaim for their debut album and previous two EPs from the likes of Folk Radio UK and FATEA magazine, but also keep themselves busy running their own folk club in Tooting.

Having garnered a loyal fan-base over the last few years, the band are now set to release their new album next month. Taken from the album, latest single “Plimsoll” is inspired by a true story of the politician of the same name who, in the 1800s, canvassed for better safety on cargo ships where owners were sending sailors off to their deaths to cash in on insurance.

A rich musical arrangement filled with layers of sweeping strings and delicate vocal harmonies, it’s a truly uplifting folk ditty that perfectly fuses together traditional lyrical storytelling with the band’s fresh take on instrumentation.

With the distinctive vocals of Ruth Jacob and Rupert Browne flowing together perfectly in sync, alongside lilting, uptempo melodies, it’s impossible not to fall in love at first listen with The Bara Bara Band’s whimsical charm and innovative sound.

The Seeds Inside (The Grapes Upon The Vine), the new album from The Bara Bara Band, is in stores 15th September via Singaround Records.

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UK Artist of the Week: HVMM

Worcester’s raucous rockers HVMM will be letting their debut EP “Talk To Me Like I’m Dead” loose on the world on 1st September 2017 via US label ILA. They have been making some strong waves across the UK for the past few months now, which is why we’ve pegged them as our Artist of The Week.

Their latest single, AA-side “Going Postal / Beggars & Thieves,” are two incredibly ferocious tracks from start to finish, filled with blues rock grit and unapologetic power. “Going Postal” builds slowly with a distinctive swagger and lead singer Andy Teece’s signature vocal taking centre stage, sounding akin to Jack White or Brandon Flowers’ colloquial singing styles. “Beggars and Thieves” is equally as hardcore, oozing with thrashing riffs, relentless energy, and pure, unforgiving angst.

These guys mean business, that’s for sure. Having met in a country pub after causing somewhat of a local riot, Andy and Sam Jenkins (drums) formed the band back in 2015. Ebony Clay (lead guitar) and Jack Timmis (bass) followed shortly thereafter and the quartet have been asking for trouble wherever they’ve gone since. We’ve also heard they’re pretty mesmerizing live as well, and they’ll be playing their first headline show in London’s Sebright Arms on 22nd November 2017.

“Talk To Me Like I’m Dead” is out on 1st September 2017 via ILA.

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UK Artist of the Week: Tom Hale

Barnsley-based Tom Hale may be young, but he is no newcomer to the music scene. Having previously fronted indie-rockers ROOD, he has now made the move to go solo and has just released his cinematic debut EP.

The collection of tracks each contribute to the story of a man who falls in love with a woman in his dreams with each song building to the EP’s climax—title track and lead single “In The Night.” Oozing an elegant grandeur, the track flows with soaring strings and an endearing romanticism as Hale’s deep, rich vocals seduce with their smooth, subtle power.

An indie-rock ballad of epic proportions, “In The Night” may bring to mind the cinematic croonings of fellow Yorkshireman Richard Hawley. And, as with the Sheffield legend, it’s near impossible not to be swept off one’s feet by the swooning emotion and catchy, heartfelt melodies that Hale has to offer.

“In The Night,” the debut EP from Tom Hale, is in stores now.

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UK Artist of the Week: Greta Isaac

Now based in London, Welsh artist Greta Isaac has always had an affinity for her folk roots. However, innovative new single “Comfortable” signals a slight change in direction and a fresh new sound for her listeners.

Exploring the destructive human tendencies of apathy and selfishness, “Comfortable” whirrs with a glitchy pulse alongside twinkling melodies and Isaac’s seductive, honey-sweet vocals. With shades of Grimes, the track races with sweeping loops of unsettling beats and soaring electronic experimentation.

Crafting together complex layers of sound, Isaac has created an utterly infectious slice of rich electro pop, marking herself as a hugely promising young artist and a definite one to watch this year. With intrigue growing over her new musical project, Greta Isaac is set to debut “Comfortable” live at a secret show in London on 5th September, followed by an appearance at Festival No. 6.

“Comfortable” is in stores now.

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UK Artist of the Week: All Flags Are Grey

With their previous musical projects receiving acclaim from the likes of MTV and NME, Andrea Chamberlain and Leon Brown—aka All Flags Are Grey—are now set to impress with their new, debut single.

Addressing poignant issues such as addictive behaviour, vulnerability, and self-inflicted loss, “Bare Bones” flows with glitchy beats and a stirring sense of unease. As the passion of Chamberlain’s unique, beguiling vocals glides atop whirring electronic melodies, the track oozes a sweeping emotive power. Exuding a rich musicality and enchanting grandeur, it’s sure to captivate upon first listen.

With this latest offering, All Flags Are Grey have shown themselves capable of creating something truly majestic; a track that’s simply epic in its intensity.

“Bare Bones,” the upcoming single from All Flags Are Grey, arrives in stores 7th July via Seven Wishbones.

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