There was so much talent on display this week we upped our choices from 4 to 5 artists! From settled folk to pop-laden R’n’B to bedroom lofi, we have an eclectic bunch of sounds for you to enjoy below. As always, click the pics for a listen.
Eliza Shaddad – Blossom
Sudanese-Scottish artist Eliza Shaddad releases Blossom, a love letter to growth, renewal, and hope. Its settled, acoustic folk vibe perfectly encapsulates a yearning for those long summer days as her wonderful vocals glide over the top and welcome you into her world. Reminiscent of Laura Marling’s latest work but with a unique twist that is uniquely her own, Eliza is one to watch out for in the future.
Paulii – MESS
About being stuck in your own mind and thinking too much about life, Paulii’s MESS dances on an indie-pop groove with hints of lofi flow and sweet yet precise vocals. With tracks written and performed in her bedroom, Paulii has developed a skill to spot catchy choruses and build them around intriguing verses. A strong and interesting track.
Jacqueline Hackett – The Rest of the World Could See
New York-based singer-songwriter Jacqueline issues a unique country-based tinge to her music against soulful, flowing lyrics on track The Rest of the World Could See. The folk-laden energy comes alive in the chorus as layers are added and guitars are turned up to really make it hit home. A really addictive listen that you’ll keep coming back to.
Bea Anderson – Nauseous
Soulful London-based singer-songwriter Bea Anderson hits us right in the feels with track Nauseous. Settled and intermittent guitar builds around Bea’s stylised R’n’B-tinged vocals, finding rhythms that others would miss and making them her own. The way her vocals play around the music is mesmerising and only gets better as the track continues.
Barnaby Keen – Lay Our Cards
Psyche-informed songwriter Barnaby Keen informs that Lay Our Cards was born from playing around with an old song and a phone app that creates soundscapes. Using metaphors to allude to a situation or relationship under strain, steady beats hold the track together as a sparkly flow, and detailed rhythm bursts forth when needed. It’s a lovely piece from a lovely songwriter.