Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Introducing: Gracey

The chorus of newcomer Gracey’s debut single is a killer. With an effect laden voice reminiscent of Imogen Heap’s Hide & Seek or Laurie Anderson’s Oh Superman it stabs deep: “We just want different things, we want different things, I only wanted to love you, but you made it fucking hard to.” It’s soulful, spacey and a rather special pop song. If she has anything else as good as this get ready to read her name a lot.

Gracey’s not 100% new to this pop business though. Remember By Your Side by Jonas Blue and Raye? Gracey has a writing credit on that (under her full name Grace Barker). Ditto the Sub Focus track Don’t You Feel It (featuring Alma). 

Gracey comes from just down the road from this blog’s location in Portsmouth, namely Brighton, which means that she’s the second very good singer called Grace from there in recent times, the other being another Breaking More Waves approved act - Grace Carter. So perhaps the change to the more popstar like name of Gracey is a sound one, after all two Grace’s from Brighton could be confusing for those of us with lesser minds.

Gracey’s debut song is called Different Things – and no it’s not about UK politics and Brexit and how the politicians seem unable to agree on what to do  – but a romantic relationship that just was never going to work out. Different Things is on streaming services now and there’s a simple introductory video to accompany the song as well.

Gracey - Different Things

Monday, 11 March 2019

Introducing: Pocket Sun

When this blog was in its infancy dreamy, blissful, spaced out electronic pop seemed to be everywhere, but particularly in America. Times have changed since that time, but every now and then a new artist or band will crop up who could have very easily fitted in with those lavish sounds of 2009-2011. 

Today I’m introducing one such act. Except this lot aren’t from some laid-back Californian town, instead they’re from Bristol, UK.  They’re called Pocket Sun and they use synths and electronics to make songs that sound like the computer techies in the office have been on a holiday to a sun-drenched resort and come back with a bit more of a relaxed groove about them. If the sound Pocket Sun make was the blog sound of 2010, with a few years removed and less hype it still sounds celestially lovely. 

Debut single Plastic is a technicolour pop song of perfection. It doesn’t leap out and shout in your face; it’s more subtle than that. But once the “sending signals into the sky” hook and melodic charms weave their way into your head you’ll probably want to float away somewhere all together more astral as well.

It’s very early days for Pocket Sun – Plastic only came out on Friday – but once their debut EP (due for May release) is out and everyone has heard more of their warm, bleached out electronic songs it wouldn’t surprise me at all if we’re all drifting away with them. A fine way to start your musical week.

Pocket Sun - Plastic

Friday, 8 March 2019

Introducing: Kings

If you’re a fan of modern of the moment slow-burning electronic pop with strong vocals then you need to take a listen to today’s new artist. She goes by the name of Kings and shouldn’t be confused with late 80’s Dr Martens sporting King who gave us Love and Pride and some others that nobody can remember, or any of the other rather large crop of bands with Kings in their name, from that Sex on Fire lot to the Kings of Convenience. Or even this group (click here) who I introduced a couple of years ago that had exactly the same name. No this is just Kings, even although there’s just the one of her - which is somewhat confusing.

Kings is not her real name, of course, which is in fact revealed on her Facebook as Aniya. If that name rings a bell it’s probably because there was a singer called Aniya who after moving to London from her native Switzerland put out a couple of really good tracks in 2017 called Demon and Demon Part II In Praise of Folly. Those tracks did pretty well on You Tube and then after that, it seemed to go a bit quiet.

It appears that these two Aniyas are one and the same. Recently Aniya, under her new name of Kings, supported Lewis Capaldi and Nina Nesbitt at a sold out show in Switzerland and played her own smaller headline gig Iin Zurich which she also sold out. Colours is her debut song as Kings and was released today; it’s easy to imagine this one picking up some airplay in the UK on Radio 1. It sounds a little bit like a cross between Dua Lipa and Little Mix, so it really is one for the pop kids. An impressive and accessible start – keep an eye and ear out for Kings.

Kings - Colour

Thursday, 7 March 2019

New Music: Angie McMahon - Pasta

Well, this is very good isn’t it?

It’s a song called Pasta from a forthcoming album called Salt. I’m secretly hoping that the rest of the album will contain other food-based song titles that will, when combined, make a delicious recipe.

Angie McMahon is the sort of artist that people who argue that music is only worth listening to if it’s ‘authentic’ and ‘honest’ and ‘real’ will like a lot. I really don’t care for any of those things. It's so limiting to your enjoyment of all types of music but is also an argument often built on a lie. Anyone that has watched Bruce Springsteen’s On Broadway will understand. After all Springsteen is one of those artists that people attribute all of those qualities to with regularity and yet there he was on stage revealing how so much of what he does is fraud. He is after all a man who sings songs of the workers in the factories. “I’ve never seen the inside of a factory, and yet it’s all I’ve ever written about,” he tells the audience. “I’ve never worked 9 to 5. I’ve never worked 5 days a week.”

But I digress. This isn’t a post about Springsteen – although ironically Angie McMahon names him as an inspiration alongside the likes of Lianne La Havas, Big Thief and Tom Waits. This is a post about Pasta.

Watch the video below which essentially finds Angie doing nothing. OK, this probably doesn’t sound like the most inspiring concept for a video, but it weirdly works and gives you plenty of time to focus on Angie’s wonderful low-range vocal delivery and raw guitars that eventually let loose, just as you think the song is going to drift towards a finish. This is strong.

Angie McMahon - Pasta