James Freeman-Turner’s nom de plume, Hēran Soun, comes with an interesting story. The artist was born with severe hearing loss, which became total loss over time. Freeman-Turner had a number of operations, as well as many years of speech therapy, and managed to regain both his hearing and his voice. The result has been an obsession with music, and a unique perspective on sound.
There’s a term that I use a lot for mid-tempo, danceable tracks where the rhythm physically moves me. Songs where I can’t help but smile as they begin and feel completely willing to go down whatever road they want to take me down. Sway, that’s my term for songs like Stevie Bill’s “Better”, and this song has sway for days.
Currently living in Leeds, but originally from Italy, pop duo neontown is made up of Aure and Jac, who met at uni where they had been working on individual solo projects. The pair came together with the aim of forging a place where everyone can shine – to be free in the music. ‘Electric’ is their latest track, and it’s a guaranteed dance floor smash.
I am a huge fan of Pop Punk music. Some of my fondest memories take place in a now-closed club in Toronto waiting to watch bands like New Found Glory, Motion City Soundtrack, Plain White T’s, and Fall Out Boy do their thing. So, when I heard the opening seconds of Little Cities self-titled EP, it felt like coming back home. Then I found out that this 5-piece alt-pop rock outfit is also from Canada and knew I was already home.
Originally from Virginia, USA, but currently living in Kuwait, Fai has had the wonderful opportunity to travel the world thanks to her father, who was a diplomat. Taking advantage of this for her music career, Fai pulled to herself a wide network of friends and contacts all over the world, and additionally used her experiences to populate her music. Her debut single, ‘Comet’, is set for release on August 20.
Imogen Shute moved to Melbourne to follow her dream of becoming a recording artist. The Australian pop singer released her first song earlier this year, and with latest single, ‘Just For A Second’, we find her going from strength to strength, as her sound and image are imbued with a new confidence. Recorded at Truth Studios, the track is set for release on August 15.
Hailing from the Australian state of Tasmania, pop singer songwriter Nuria writes music about the human experience; her latest single, ‘Touch’, released July 31, took its inspiration from those feelings of longing that have been brought about by the enforced isolation of COVID-19 lockdown. The song was recorded in her caravan home studio, and with further production work by Dave Crowe (aka Resin Moon), based in Alice Springs, The Northern Territory.