Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Introducing: Elan Tamara

Today’s introducing artist is a singer-songwriter from Walthamstow who has been circulating in music circles for some time now, but with her latest release seems ready to gain some traction on her own. 

Her name is Elan Tamara and the track in question is My Eyes; a jazzy piano based tune that fans of Laura Mvula in particular might like. Having studied ethnomusicology at SOAS, University of London, played with the likes of Tirzah and Toro Y Moi and featuring Georgia on percussion and Kwes on bass and production duties, Elan’s music comes ready-stamped with pedigree – and it shows. My Eyes, a song about a long-distance relationship is far from an obvious pop banger but listening to it is an absorbing experience, nonetheless. “You knew just what to do,” sings Elan. You do, don’t you? Take a listen and keep an eye and ear out for this clearly talented individual in the future.

Elan Tamara - My Eyes

Monday, 1 June 2020

Monthly Playlist - May 2020

Today is that time of month when I do a short post to let readers know that the Breaking More Waves new music monthly Spotify playlist has been updated. I'd like to say it's been carefully considered and curated, but really it's just a bunch of tracks I like thrown into an order that makes sense in my head. 

You can find and follow the whole thing by clicking this link.

This month there’s everything from a surprisingly great track from The 1975, a band that until now have never really resonated with me, a fabulous rainbow-glitter disco stomper from relative Brighton unknowns Hourglvss, a track from the bold and futuristic Charli XCX album and some beautiful softer acoustic tracks from newcomers Molly Payton and Lydiah. It’s all topped off with Erland Cooper’s wonderful A Nightingale Sings Outside Our Window, a composition that soundtracks this strange time perfectly.

I hope you find something to like here. Three tracks from the playlist stream below, but click the link above for the whole thing. Some of these have appeared this month on the blog. Some haven't.

The tracks featured on Spotify this month are:

1. Celeste – I Can See The Change
2. Hourglvss – Supreme Beings
3. International Teachers Of Pop – Flood The Club
4. Moyka – Violet
5. Twst – Sad Girls Club But U Gotta Be Cute  (AmPm x Funtyme Remix)
6. Fontaines D.C. – A Hero’s Death
7. Courting – David Byrne’s Badside
8. LibraLibra – Juicy Lucy
9. Charli XCX – Pink Diamond
10. Sofi Tukker & Gorgon City – House Arrest
11. Aliche – Lockdown Love
12. The 1975 – Nothing Revealed / Everything Denied
13. Arlo Parks – Black Dog
14. Olivia Dean – Baby Come Home
15. Maude Latour – Furniture
16. PREP – Pictures Of You
17. Molly Payton – Corduroy
18. Lydiah – Holding Back
19. Skullcrusher – Places / Plans
20. Erland Cooper – A Nightingale Sings Outside Our Window

Charli XCX - Pink Diamond

Sofi Tukker & Gorgon City - House Arrest

Twst – Sad Girls Club But U Gotta Be Cute  (AmPm x Funtyme Remix)

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Introducing: Lydiah

With an intoxicating voice that’s full of depth and soul, 20-year-old Liverpool singer songwriter Lydiah makes the sort of music that will grab you on the very first listen. There’s a gorgeously calm chemistry to what she does. Even when her vocal rises it does so with stately majesty. There’s no over the top holler here.

You can hear it on her debut single Holding Back, which intertwines acoustic guitar with gentle droplets of piano to create a beautiful canvas for her voice. Lydiah reminds me a little of another woman with the initial L - Laura Marling. Whilst vocally different there’s something about her self-assuredness combined with the folky sound that has a similarity. You can hear it in the gentle pause between the words’ I’m not the one holding back’ and ‘from you’. She’s absolutely in control and there’s no rush in her delivery.

Lydiah has already established herself on her local scene. In 2017 she won the Judges Award in the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Competition, she has picked up a number of high-profile support slots and in 2019 performed at Liverpool’s Sound City Festival. Holding Back is her debut single proper and it’s a peach. I can’t wait to hear more.

Lydiah - Holding Back

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Celeste - I Can See The Change

Remember when Celeste topped the BBC Sound of 2020? It seems such a long time ago and yet somehow also seems like just yesterday doesn't it? Since then the world has gone pretty mad hasn’t it?

Now here she is again with her new single I Can See The Change and yet despite the title and lyrics of this song, because of its timeless sound, it gives us all some sort of stability. 

Produced by Billie Eilish’s brother Finneas, he says of the track: “I saw Celeste perform at the Brits back in February and was blown away. She commanded the stage in a way that was simultaneously intimate and massive and I immediately went home and downloaded her entire catalogue. When I was approached about producing I Can See The Change, I was thrilled.  I have been lucky to produce songs for a few artists who I think will never go out or style and Celeste is certainly on that list.”

Celeste - I Can See The Change