Tag: singer-songwriter

Haevn & Birdy – Open Hearts

     HAEVN is the musical project between singer and songwriter Marijn van der Meer and film soundtrack composer Jorrit Kleijnen formed back in 2015. Jasmine van den Bogaerde, better known by her stage name Birdy, is the phenomenal singer, songwriter, and musician who started her career on the heels of a win of the Open Mic UK back in 2008 when she was just 12. While both HAEVN and Birdy are excellent in their own right, the sum of the parts here is breathtakingly…

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Syd Carter West – The Ugly Truth

     If you look at the sweet face of Syd Carter West, you would be thinking that a song coming from her mouth would be wispy and light. Well, you would be completely wrong! West has a powerful, full, alto voice.  That voice is steeped in the tea-bags of blues and rock, with just an edge of southern rock thrown in there for good measure. Her new single, The Ugly Truth (seen/heard here) is a testament to being yourself…

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Gal Musette – Ghost

     A musical prodigy who began writing and performing lyrical piano compositions at the ripe old age of 10, Grace Freeman (Gal Musette) spins us up a beautiful bit of introspection with Ghost (seen/heard here). Musette’s piano work is a simple and beautiful bit of dancing, flowing, notes, that could easily stand on its own as an instrumental. Her lyrics and voice, add a bit more pizzazz, without overshadowing that underlying atmospheric setting. And what of the lyrics? Musette allows the listener room to interpret, but the lyrics are none-the-less…

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Kate Bankston – Valentines For Tomorrow

     Pop music does not follow a straight line, at least it doesn’t for Kate Bankston, and that is a very good thing indeed. Kate released Valentines For Tomorrow (seen/heard here) as a single last year on valentines day and now it is available as one of the 10 tracks on her new LP, Cry A Little (December 2020). Valentines For Tomorrow explores the circular meaning of life and love, blending the good times with the bad, but reveling in them all with a person who shares all…

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Nick Kingswell – There’s No Cure

     Nick Kingswell’s indie-pop sound is unforced and melodious, and while it may not break much new ground musically, it’s a great example of pop done well. Beautifully sung with Nick’s rich tenor, There’s No Cure (heard here) explores regret, when love escapes you, not because you didn’t have the chance to make it work, but because you did and it didn’t work out.  “when you close your eyes I can’t help but think if I cross your mind but I’m the one who’s dreaming of our old love if I could ever…

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