Seetali Gives Us A Cinematic Experience With ‘Walked Away’

“It’s crisp and beautiful, holding so much power and emotion. ‘Walked Away’ by Seetali is bound to get anyone tapping into their feelings.”

Seetali – producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist – has recently teamed up with singer Alana Shrives to give rise to a distinguished melody possessing a disarming quality, enabling an enchanting connection between the music and the listener.

A gorgeous piano introduction greets us, while the lyrics beg the question ‘Was I overthinking?’. The repetition of such lines makes it all the more relatable, where Shrives is speaking to herself ever so melodically, building up to a climax articulately orchestrated by Seetali.

And this climax presents as a wintery chorus with a grand atmosphere, all emotion on the line through a sweet-sounding mixture of heart wrenching lyricism and an entrancing instrumental. The melody holds this striking power that exposes us to our own feelings.

In her press release, Seetali described this project as a song that ‘paints a cinematic sound-scape’ and I could not agree more. There is this beautiful impact that ‘Walked Away’ unleashes, similar to feelings you get when watching a film on a big screen.

The piano is alone once again as we head towards the end, and we hear the chorus one last time, Seetali conjures all sorts of emotions, leaving us with the title lyric ‘I wish I walked away’.

You can listen to the song here:

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My Giddy Aunt Reassure Us That ‘All Things Come In Time’

“I love how the whole of ‘All Things Come In Time’ feels personal to members of My Giddy Aunt, whilst also channelling relatability and sending specific messages to the listeners through the music.”

Best known for their curly hair and indie rock sound, My Giddy Aunt has followed up their trio of singles this year with an EP: ‘All Things Come In Time’. Releasing another two new songs, this project showcases the best of the band, and is perfect for anyone who likes a fascinating instrumental and euphonic vocals.

On ‘Acceptance’, the band go straight in with the title of the song. It’s already perfectly and effortlessly indie, especially with such beautifully mellow vocals. And then we hear another voice, that fits right in with this atmosphere. ‘You Lost’ displays similar tones, but it’s here the band initiate how each song possesses something, an underlying quality, that makes it unique to every other song.

Lead single ‘Sunk’ is undeniably a fun melody, with a quicker tempo than its predecessors. Vocals are consistently on par with the emotion once again, singing lines I wish I came up with myself. My favourite would probably have to be ‘If I could send you this song in a bottle I would’.

And speaking of ‘Sunk’, band member Rory Vagg has described its meaning through analogies: “When someone you’re close to has to go it doesn’t seem real until this feeling attaches itself like an anchor to your neck and smacks you in the face with a wet rag. It’s definitely a wet rag kind of a song lyrically, but it’s offset by how fun and energetic the instrumental is.”

A melody that has an instant yet perpetual warmth to it is often hard to find in songs, but title track ‘All Things Come In Time’ has exactly that. The high notes towards the end are nothing short of idyllic, shining in front of a rich instrumental. And finally ‘Not Mine Anymore’ is short but sweet, generous in its raw lyricism that listeners will find easy to relate to. An exquisite train of piano notes brings not only the song but also the EP to an end gracefully.

You can listen to the EP here:

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Olivier Laurent Shares His Second Album ‘Lavi Bon’

“It’s observable even upon first listen of ‘Lavi Bon’ that Olivier Laurent has a great ability to create intrigue and fulfil this on each and every song of the album.”

New York based musician Laurent has reappeared with his second album ‘Lavi Bon’, releasing brilliant singles over the course of two years to create a great follow up to his debut album ‘Eagles Fly Alone’. And from beginning to end, we are fascinated.

‘For a Long Time’ welcomes us through cool sound effects, and it’s not long before we get a grasp of Laurent’s crisp rapping style, where he unloads his experiences. The song really does set the mood for the album. ‘Butter’ – our first collab here – tells a story with political, social and relationship elements. There’s this continuous comparison to butter, hence the title, showcasing Laurent’s literary talents. I like the unexpected yet notable shift in the song as we head towards the end, and as it evolves, we become exposed to more R&B elements.

‘Amaria’s Interlude’ and ‘Put the Bottle Down’ both feature Amaria Simone and her silk-like vocals. They don’t just match up to Laurent’s style of rap, but they also coincide with the atmosphere he designates to his work.

Olivier Laurent shared the interpretation listeners can get from the album: “Lavi Bon is all about understanding who you are and where you are in life. Knowing that everything is going to be ok, and that who you are is enough.”

‘Lavi Bon’ – a trance like opening, initiating the ever-growing momentum of the rap. Some of the best lyrics of the album like ‘It’s unusual, I’m living something beautiful’ are among the quick tempo. The song has a quirk that separates it from the rest of the album, but equally represents it.

You can listen to the album here:

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An Interview With Oktaf Kanis

I love the new album! Do you have a favourite or a soft spot for a particular song on ‘Another Vision’?

Oktaf: Sure! My favourite songs have many elements of guitar riffs, and melody sounds in a chorus, these are like “Another Vision”, “Come On”, “Starlight”, “Wheel”, “Coming From The Darkside” and “Angela”. Maybe there’s no soft spot for me.

What aspect of making music do you enjoy most?

Oktaf: I enjoy creating a tone in all of my songs, when during the recording session I really enjoy it because everything I create by myself, from the arrangement to the lyrics, except for the take drum, that’s my friend who takes it.

If you could collaborate with any artist – from any decade – who would you be singing with?

Oktaf: Of course David Bowie, Phil Collins, Mick Jagger, Liam Gallagher and Miles Kane, they are my role models in music.

What do you do when you’re not playing music?

Oktaf: Maybe I can focus more on my business, this year I have a lot of business.

So you started releasing your music on Spotify in 2021, and have released two albums since. What advice would you give to artists who are just beginning a career in music?

Oktaf: My advice is “keep movin’ forward and don’t follow other people’s creation to create a masterpiece, create your own character.”

Do you have any music recommendations right now? Anything you are listening to on repeat?

Oktaf: Sure! Right now I’m listening to “Strangers When We Meet” and “Changes” by David Bowie.

What can we expect from you next? DO you have any plans for the next year?

Oktaf: Of course! I do have a plan for my 3rd project, maybe I’ll release it in 2024, hopefully it will be achieved.

You can listen to Oktaf kanis’ latest album here:

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Let’s Dive Into Antonio Delvanni’s EP ‘Soul Tide’

“With ‘Soul Tide’, each song holds something different, and they all still come together to follow like a story.”

Multi-genre multi-instrumentalist Antonio Delvanni has recently delivered his EP ‘Soul Tide’ to the world, first releasing his August single ‘Choosing’ and setting the tone from there. Now we have the whole five song storyline, and there’s lots of lyricism, production and vocal techniques to take in.

We are taken back to the 90s and 00s with ‘Tell Me If You Bout It’ (Gotta Know). There’s this cool compounded impact from the instrumental, yet a nice casual flow from the melody. ‘Choosing’ has a similar type of instrumental and melody balance, but with a quicker tempo.

For ‘Test the Waters (Rum punch freestyle)’, drums open up the song, and there’s this ocean feel – each note feeling like a wave of the sea – reflective of the EP title. Throughout the whole of ‘Soul Tide’, Delvanni has shown versatility in his voice, but here the musician prominently allows it to flourish in a mix of long notes, fast verses and the more mellow sequences. And then the vocals slow with the tempo of ‘Fire and Air’, a song featuring the unforgettable hook of ‘baby let me take you there’. And I can’t move on without mentioning the momentum to this chorus, refining the charisma of the lyrics sung.

“Soul Tide is an experiment, love story, and EP all wrapped up in one. This project not only shows my versatility but also is a dive into the music that heals my inner child. I always knew I would make rock music because it was one of the first genres I fell in love with as a child. With amazing instrumentals from prod. grayskies, crisp mixing and mastering by Phaydo, and stellar visuals by Tonespeaks, this once-ambitious project not only makes me proud but hopefully will make you smile,” says Antonio of ‘Soul Tide’.

‘A real love song’ no doubt proves Delvanni’s versatility he is talking about, boasting catchy rock guitar, flaunting higher notes and airing a range of tempos. It’s easy to get lost in the lyrics and the character he has given to the tune.

You can listen to the EP here:

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An Interview With Falllift

I love the whole atmosphere you have created with ‘Scale of Life’ and I’ve heard that your debut EP is being released in December. How is the process of recording it going?

Thank you! Yes, we are releasing the entire ‘Sunday Sessions’ EP on December 18th. We are finished with the recordings and couldn’t be happier with how everything sounds. Doug Williams took care of all the recordings in Winston-Salem, NC at EMR Recorders. He’s worked with some notable names such as The Avett Brothers, All Them Witches, and The Wood Brothers, just to name a few. Not only was Doug amazing, but we were lucky enough to have Emanuel Wynter and Jason Atkins play on the record as well. You hear Emanuel on violin and Jason on piano. All in all, the EP only took a few days of recording so it was a breeze.

So you are both artists yourselves outside of falllift and you know what it is like working in the industry, but how has it been working together so far? 

Micah: For me, coming from a solo project, it’s been relieving to have someone else to distribute some of the work to on the business side of things. Creatively, I find it to be interesting to create songs and records with someone else. Of course, I’ve co-written before, but not with this level of consistency with the same partner and that’s inspired new concepts and ideas that I may not have come to on my own. 

Steven: It’s honestly been a breath of fresh air. I’m the lead songwriter for my other group, which has several weight-carrying opinions, so it’s nice to simplify the decision-making process while still having someone to bounce off. I really enjoy what Micah brings to the table from her Nashville background and her ability to bring full intention into the songwriting space. Our extensive backgrounds are both valuable, but different enough for our experiences to be complimentary. This has led to some excellent opportunities like major festival placements, and a cross-country tour before publicly releasing our music.

What do you believe are your greatest strengths as artists?

Micah: My greatest strengths certainly come in the form of lyricism, singing, and authenticity. Although I enjoy playing a variety of instruments, I believe it’s my willingness to write about topics people don’t typically feel comfortable with and that truly mean something to me, making them approachable, and conveying that emotion as raw as I can while singing. 

Steven: Technically speaking, guitar, drums, singing, and songwriting have been my strengths. However, the core of my gift is my hearing. I’ve learned every instrument and vocalization based on sound and feeling. I have gained so much awareness on what songs can be made of, what type and where harmonies can be used, instrumentation, etc to convey the right feelings expressed in the lyrics or mood. Part of this awareness is understanding the freedom of writing whatever you want. It doesn’t have to fall under any rules whatsoever.

How did you come up with the name ‘falllift”?

We came up with at least 100 names before landing on falllift. One night, we were on the phone about 1:30 AM, and randomly talking about physics – Steven studied some physics while in college and I have a small obsession with the subject as well – and we were discussing equal and opposite reactions. Somewhere in that conversation, Steven said “what about falllift for a band name?”. We made sure it wasn’t already taken and boom, we stuck with that. 

Is there an artist you are both inspired/influenced by?

We are both around the same age and grew up with similar music tastes so our overlapping inspirations run pretty deep. From having our ’emo’ phase in our teens and listening to quite a bit of heavy rock, metal, emo, punk, and then growing into young adulthood and finding more folk, funk,  and experimental music. We both find inspiration in The Mars Volta, The Avett Brothers, and several others. It should be noted that Steven is a sucker for songs with great instrumentation and I tend to gravitate to tracks with impactful lyrical content. 

And aside from other musicians, is there something else that inspires your music?

Micah: My dad was a musician so I have always had a root of inspiration in that way. Mostly I’m inspired by moments and connections. Love, death, growth. Even places. Being in an interesting place or setting seems to trigger something in me. My writing always seems to circle back to the human condition, and what connects us, in some way though. 

Steven: I think my writing has had many inspirations over the years. Many times, I have stumbled upon a new sounding chord on the guitar that evolves into a story based on the chord or a life situation. I love being submerged into nature away from any traces of society. This natural harmony I tend to blend with inspires harmony through my writing. Then there are songs inspired by relationships (good & bad), family members, or a valuable concept a friend inspired.

Do you have a favourite lyric from ‘Scale of Life’? 

Micah: “We can be more than better, together” We chose to repeat this line at the end and it seems so simple but the more you think on it, it speaks to community, relationships, support, breaking down barriers and defenses, and realizing that allowing connection and building bridges can get you farther than anywhere you would get on your own. 

Steven: “We can be more than better, together” has hit me the hardest because its energy in the song fell right into place. It felt too easy at first, like maybe it was too cheesy. But honestly, it’s just not as easy as it seems which makes me love it so much more. 

You can listen to falllift’s latest single ‘Scale of Life’ here:

Falllift Find An Equilibrium On ‘Scale of life’

“falllift foreshadow the tones and qualities of their up and coming EP with the charming ‘Scale of Life’.”

So musician Steven Hall, from Adventure rock group Swim in the Wild, and independent artist MICVH have come together as the duo ‘falllift’. On the 23rd of October they proved their complimentary artistic qualities with a beautiful debut titled ‘Scale of Life’.

We hear Micah’s silken tones first, starring alongside an exquisite instrumental. She expressively sings the line ‘I wanna lay down and let it all spin’ before Steven then follows with ‘You wanna sit back and let it flow’, reflecting the mood.

In their press release for ‘Scale of Life’, it is said that Micah and Steven wrote the song “as an ode to finding balance – through experiences and those around you.”

In the perfectly acoustic chorus, certain lines or words are emphasised vocally to add that touch of feeling. This idea of balance previously mentioned then makes sense, lyrically and instrumentally. There’s this drive within the melody that puts forward the emotion, but also an appeasing attribute, all whilst the pair sing in unison ‘maybe the truth is in the middle’.

More and more harmonies lead the eloquent way falllift bring this melody to life, and then to a close.

You can listen to the song here:

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12 New Music Discoveries – October 2022

Cruising – Black Lips

This Atlanta-based garage rock band have been making music together for over twenty years, and this year we have seen the release of two singles as well as an album this month. The group also had in store for their fans another two songs titled ‘Make It’ and ‘Cruising’. It was hard to pick a favourite to feature but ‘Cruising’ just has that classic old and new blend that makes a song so special.

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Pace Yourself – Joyce Wrice

I had been waiting to feature Joyce Wrice for the longest time, always finding her singles in the wrong month. This October she released an EP however, including her single and duet with KAYTRANADA ‘Iced Tea’, but also a track called ‘Pace Yourself’. There’s a slight 90s feel to the song, where Wrice lets the vocals flow so eloquently.

You can listen to the song here:

Scene 1 – Sebastian Mikael

R&B soul artist Sebastian Mikael has accumulated his collabs and singles on his latest EP ‘PHILEO’, but there’s one song with the name ‘Scene 1’ that fits into neither of these categories. In ‘Scene 1’ the singer channels some funk, demonstrated by a smooth melody and lush vocals which tunefully get lost in each other.

You can listen to the song here:

Dead Hotel – King No-one

‘Dead Hotel’ by Northern alternative rock group King No-one has an amazing hook that dominates the song ever so melodically. I love that it doesn’t feel overproduced, but there is a new detail you notice on each listen.

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It’s Only Love – Be Charlotte

When I started looking for music for this month’s discoveries, I knew I wanted to find a song like this. A refreshing pop single that deserved the energy it gave itself. There’s also that relatability there, matched to a tune that just gets better and better.

You can listen to the song here:

Quiet Waves – Marika Takeuchi

Since reviewing many instrumental artists, I’ve now been on the look out for music belonging to such genres. When I first heard ‘Quiet Waves’, I was taken by how Japanese composer Marika Takeuchi makes something so beautiful with one sole instrument of the piano. And now every time I go back to listen, I can notice another intricacy of one of the perpetually gorgeous piano sequences.

You can listen to the song here:

Something Special – Thouartchi

London musician Thouartchi is not afraid to go straight into the core melody on ‘Something Special’ during the intro, producing a melody and providing vocals that follow whatever emotion she is going for in that moment.

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Bullet – Elizabeth M.Drummond

This month indie songstress Elizabeth M. Drummond has produced a stripped back track entitled ‘Bullet’. Here we get to listen to her elegant vocals close up, accompanied by serenading guitar in the instrumental.

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Waiting For You – Ewan Mainwood

British pop singer Ewan Mainwood repeats the emotion filled line ‘feels like I’ve been waiting for you all my life’ behind a fun instrumental. It’s Mainwood’s first song after his debut EP ‘Broken’, and it seems as if the musician has more in store for his listeners.

You can listen to the song here:

Players Part – Nia Chennai

Nia Chennai is foreshadowing what she is ready to bring to the UK music industry with her debut single ‘Players Part’. So far she has already showcased the alleviating quality of her vocals, the smooth flow of her instrumentals and how she mixes and matches her influences to add her own print on her music.

You can listen to the song here:

The Royal Blackbird – The Unthanks

This sister band have not long released their 2022 album ‘Sorrows Away’, featuring a fascinating track called ‘The Royal Blackbird’. Just by listening to this song I can tell that The Unthanks are making the music they want to make, as it feels freely sang and authentically produced.

You can listen to the song here:

Robert Wyatt – Neil Dexter

Being one of my dad’s favourite singers, the title of this song by Irish soloist Neil Dexter took me by surprise. And so did the music actually, in a good way. I wasn’t expecting the extraordinarily 80s electronic chorus, but I throughly enjoyed it.

You can listen to the song here:

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Amaury Laurent Bernier Melodises Many Moods On His Soundtrack For ‘TOTEM’

“Amaury Laurent Bernier is great at including details to enhance and emphasise the importance of the story he is telling through his music.”

Self-taught artist Amaury Laurent Bernier has been combining his prime passions of music and cinema for many years now, and this year he is providing music for upcoming Afro Dutch film ‘Totem’, a soundtrack including twenty four songs all possessing a different quality to them.

The soundtrack makes a grand entrance with ‘Mane May Ama’, abundant in elaborate instrumentals. It begins a little quieter before blossoming into a stately melody. Soon after we have ‘Overture (the pool)’, initially a mysterious sounding track that then rises with a sense of optimism. With a fast tempo, the song progressively gets more complex in its instruments.

On ‘The encounter’, at first each sound feels like a footstep, and then the tone shifts so that the instrumental gets increasingly powerful, followed by an impermanent silence that guides the rest of the song. ‘Release The Dogs’ is a heart pounding melody, that lowers its volume to make way for a delicate interlude. Such sounds gradually reintroduce the intensity the melody once held, before we hear violins galore.

Bernier described the ‘freedom to move between different genres’ in his career as ‘very liberating’, and that he’s passionate by ‘how a powerful manipulation the music can have on, and affect a film’.

The ultimate piano piece ‘Everything is gonna be okay’ is a mellifluous exhibition of raindrop-like notes, pulling us listeners at the heartstrings. While we don’t know at this moment of time what will be going on in this scene of ‘TOTEM’, we can definitely get a grasp of what emotions might be portrayed.

To bring the film to a close we have ‘I am AMA’, where Bernier reverts back to the sounds we heard in ‘Mane May Ama’, showcasing some strategic repetition. Here I get the feeling there is foreshadowing or even confirmation of a new found hope or identity.

You can listen to the soundtrack here:

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Stone Senate Rise With EP Release ‘Dawn’

“You can tell that Stone Senate work hard touring to showcase their music to new listeners, but there is also a natural quality within their music that keeps you engaged.”

Southern rock band Stone Senate have returned this year with more music after widening their audience with incessant touring and consistent singles. Today they released their EP ‘Dawn’, a follow up to their 2021 EP ‘Dusk’.

‘Dawn’ begins with ‘Dead and the Dying’ a song possessing an opening instrumental that reflects the imagery of the EP’s cover. And then the rock sets in, accompanying the vocals and lyricism perfectly. ‘And from where I stand I can see the end, like a hurricane going through my mind’, sings lead vocalist/guitarist Clint Woolsey, repeating at the chorus for metaphorical effect.

‘Fall Back Into You’ may have more mellow verses to begin with, but the chorus reaches the rock heights that ‘Dead and the Dying’ did. The songs may be in the same realm, but they both bring something different to the EP. On the next track ‘Good to Go’ I can feel both the breeze and warmth of the southern scene, and it feels like they are embracing their genre as well as their roots. Vocals are remarkably strong here, too.

And on ‘Days’ I feel imagery once again, involving nature and in particular the weather. With many mentions of the ‘rainy season’ and the line ‘I had the most beautiful view from here’, the song sets the scene but calls attention to the emotional side of the song as well. ‘Shine’ is the head-bopping single of ‘Dawn’, and right from the intro we know this is going to have an incredible upbeat melody. The vocals are clear, but have an edge to them, and come alongside many lyrics to analyse.

‘Dawn’ ends on a more acoustic note, with some shades of rock, with ‘Almost Never Fades’. The song consist of an amazing instrumental, conducting a great melody that hits you right in the heart. This conjures nostalgia, also helped by the emotional emphasis put on lyrics vocally. Woolsey says of the process of making the tune: “The song began with a really pretty riff, which became the verse, and then piece by piece, “Always Never Fades” was composed.”

You can listen to the EP here:

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