Friday, 22 July 2016

New Music: Julia Jacklin - Leadlight (Video)

Julia Jacklin’s name first cropped up on Breaking More Waves after I caught her live at Brighton’s Great Escape festival and named her as one of my 5 favourite acts I saw over the 3 days (the other 4 were French pop maverick Jain, Brighton’s own and Breaking More Waves regulars Black Honey, the creepy dark fairytale warped pop duo Let’s Eat Grandma and the soul rock specialist Seramic). 

Now Julia returns with a second track, the follow up to the song I featured previously - Pool Party. Leadlight is equally as good. What I particularly like about Jacklin’s songs is that she never seems to be trying too hard. It’s the sort of music where although nothing particularly dynamic happens it’s entrancing all the same.

For Leadlight Julia has a new video, which was shot in her old high school in new South Wales, Australia. Julia has explained that when she was at school she didn’t really think about the hall. It was just a place for long assemblies and exams. But when she returned she realised that it was actually a beautiful space – she loved the wood detailing and the dramatic red curtains.

Julia will be releasing her debut album Don't Let The Kids Win on October 7th.

Julia Jacklin - Leadlight (Video)

Thursday, 21 July 2016

New Music: Hannah Grace - Mustang

I first came across Hannah Grace when she was belting out big gospel and soulful sounding backing vocals as part of Gabrielle Aplin’s live band and then a few months after that front of stage as Aplin’s support act. Now she has her own new EP out there in the world and the title track, Mustang, is an absolute belter. 

This one makes no apologies; it rocks hard, and it’s a perfect vehicle for Grace’s powerhouse of a voice to really let rip. It’s the sound of a Friday night out, in a seedy forgotten downtown bar, necking hard whisky. Gutsy, gritty and with a lot of va-va-voom this is the sort of muscular song that your dad would probably describe as ‘real music’ and that ‘they don’t make anymore’. Well, I have a lot of issues with the term ‘real music’ which frankly I think is the most bollocks term ever, but dad’s right about one thing; this is dead good.

Hannah Grace - Mustang

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

New Music: Introducing - Lowes

When listening to new music some of us like to hear stuff that’s well within our comfort zones. On the other hand, some people (and I would guess a minority) like music that challenges them, that pushes their boundaries. These people thrive off hearing something that is incomparable to anything else they have ever heard before. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m about 75% comfort zone listening and 25% danger zone. If I spend too long in the comfort zone I yearn for something different to kickstart the excitement again.

Today I’m introducing a new three piece from Lancaster and for readers of Breaking More Waves they are very likely to drift easily into the safe listening area. They make the sort of music that you’d probably expect to find on this blog. You can probably design the checklist without even pressing play. Wonderfully composed female vocals that still manage to capture elements of emotion? Tick. Some piano? Tick. Mellow melancholy sounding chill pop? Tick. Being not that dissimilar to someone like Clare Maguire or London Grammar perhaps? Tick. Sophisticated yet still organic? Tick. But it’s all very well ticking the boxes, yet without the most important ingredient of all, a good song, it means nothing. Thankfully, this band with their debut Awake At Night have created something rather magnificent. Call it well crafted if you must, but it's certainly hit my comfort button. 

Ever had one of those times at night when you can't stop thinking about someone, one part of your mind racing, the other part screaming to let go? This is a song about those times.

Ladies and gentlemen I give you Lowes.

Lowes - Awake At Night

New Music: Holly Macve - Corner Of My Mind (Video)

Having returned from the wonderful Latitude Festival (where Christine & The Queens mesmerised me with one of my favourite performances of the year, a play which featured just 2 actors talking about their relationship in a bedroom was one of the most thought provoking and interesting things I’ve seen on stage and where Louis Theroux dad-dancing in a sweltering hot film tent was a major highlight out of many) inevitably there were some acts on the bill that I had to miss due to line up clashes. One of those was Holly Macve, who played in the beautifully fern lined and tree shaded surroundings of the Sunrise Arena, although thankfully I’ve already manged to catch her twice this year, once solo at Great Escape Festival in Brighton, the other with a full band at her own show at St Pancras Old Church in London.

Holly’s new single, Corner Of My Mind will be familiar to anyone who has seen her live. With the sparse noir country acoustic instrumentation providing the backdrop to Holly’s haunting tones that are both mournfully sad and beautifully haunting plus dark lyrics that speak of violence, misery, mistakes and fatherhood rejection it’s powerful contemplative stuff. There’s an album on its way via Bella Union as well. Take a listen below.

Holly Macve - Corner Of My Mind (Video)