Katelyn Tarver has a new song out next week but I was lucky enough to get the chance to chat with her about her last release, ‘Nicer’, a song that reflects on the people pleasing tendencies that we all have sometimes and which has become almost an epidemic of non-confrontation leading us to bottle up all that angst.
Ida Laurberg created a real buzz when she released ‘Puppy Dog Eyes’ and it went viral, amassing nearly 40 million streams. That self-released debut single really set the scene for her melancholic but powerful voice. She followed that 2016 release with a critically acclaimed EP called ‘Phase Five’ which cemented her place as an important young female voice of Denmark. However, she is now signed to a major label and, today, is releasing the stunning ‘Personal Letters’.
UK Country music is simply going from strength to strength. So much more than ever we are seeing high quality releases and exciting collaborations all the time. One of the shining new stars of the genre is Jeorgia Rose who released her first single ‘I Will Still Remember’ in late 2020 to critical acclaim with the likes of Maverick Magazine, CountryLine TV and Matt Spracklen from Country Hits Radio queueing up to support the release.
There is a kind of vocal understanding that is born rather than trained. The sisters, born in separate countries, are the two halves of Danish Icelandic duo Eyjaa and their brilliant new single ‘The Wrecking Crew’ proves that in bucket loads. As a follow up to one of my favourite debut singles ‘Don’t Forget About Me’, the new song is at first listen pure pop but woven into the intricate strands of the musical cloth there is folk and country vibes that add a real depth to the listening experience.
Charles on TV says of ‘Lately’: “‘Lately’ is a f*ck you song. It’s an anthem for the nice folk who’ve been brought up to keep wrath tamed and turn the other cheek. A song for those of us trained to passively aggress because we don’t know how else to release frustration. It’s an upbeat tune mimicking the smiles we wear when, inside, we’re angry”.
Long ago, when David Brookings was an 11 year old in Richmond, VA making his live performance debut singing the first song he ever wrote, he probably never imagined that he’d be releasing a full length album in honour of the event called ‘Mania at the Talent Show’, it’s ironic that the first song he wrote was called ‘All I’ll Ever Want’. Now years later he’s releasing two preview tracks for the record.
At just 22, Chelsea Collins is a name that you will almost certainly start to hear more of. Having racked up over 25 million streams with the brilliant ‘Used to be (L O.V.E.)’ and catching the eye and ear with the poignant ‘O7 Britney’, she’s back with three new songs that will almost certainly be the centrepiece of her EP which should hopefully drop before the end of the year. I really think that this will be lift off for this outstanding artist.
A requiem in its literal sense would suggest a solemn chant for the repose of the dead but this song, for me, is more about the laying bare of a soul and the requiem for things passed and laid to rest rather than bodies. A song of new beginnings and putting things into perspective. St. Augustine teaches us that the ultimate purpose of education is turning towards God and that the way to God was to look into oneself. Introspection is the beginning of a journey towards God and there is reference to this and a need to have been more in touch with those teachings than the thoughts and reactions of the angry.
Pete Gardiner has been busy during lockdown; he spent countless Fridays hosting ‘A Song & A Drink with Pete Gardiner’ where he hosted online gigs singing, of course, his brilliant original music and then an increasingly diverse selection of covers. The effect of these gigs was twofold in that it enabled Pete to hone his rapport with his original music and there was a feeling that he went through a process of falling back in love with his entire catalogue. However, the second effect was that it pushed Pete into songs that he maybe would never have considered attempting before these sessions. It was a joy to watch as this incredibly personable performer showcased his own music alongside classics which straddled virtually every genre. It was a joy to watch as his audience started to push for the originals. As approbation for the originals increased, Pete delivered with more and more confidence. This is a singer whose lyricism borders on modern social poetry and comfortably sits with the music of his idols Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen and to see that realisation dawn on the attentive audience was personally just proof of what I have written many times before. Pete Gardiner is a songwriter of such outstanding ability that we should take notice of, support and push as much as we can.