It’s an absolute joy to catch an artist on their way up towards stardom. Astraea is one such artist – having already proven her worth as someone who can soundtrack truly heartstring-pulling moments (her music has been played during key moments in Love Island, for example), and collaborating with huge names in the industry such as Ward Thomas and Lewis Capaldi.
Born in Israel, now based in London, singer songwriter Irit is set to release her debut album, ‘Hello’, on 23 March. The album comes on the back of a successful UK support tour, which garnered massive praise from both audiences and critics alike, as well as a fantastic UK headline tour in late February this year.
Originally from Galway, in Western Ireland, Laoise grew up surrounded by traditional Irish music. The 21 writes ambitious, frank, and dreamy pop songs which cover topics such as relationships and heartbreak, often with dark and moody, introspective undertones. Laoise (pronounced Lee-sha) pulls apart her own experiences and examines them with a gritty and impressive honesty and bravery. Laoise’s latst song, ‘Bother’ tells the very familiar story of a love gone wrong – a relationship that’s turned sour and spiteful.
Ace Harper comes from a dance background and so feels there is a live performance aspect to everything she does. This is no less the case with her writing, which combined with her quirky and colourful music videos, reminds us a great deal of Kate Bush and perhaps Siouxsie And The Banshees, or Toyah Wilcox. Ace’s new single, ‘Neon Heart’, is paired with a slick and colourful, psych and sensual video, which is the perfect match for her upbeat and catchy track.
Eclectic in style, singer songwriter Sarah Schonert writes records and produces from her home studio in Peoria, Illinois. With a sound somewhere between Kate Bush, Laurie Anderson, and Bjork, Sarah combines classical sounding piano with ambient washes, vocoded synths, electronic elements and layered vocals. The result is a free-flowing style album that will appeal to a diverse audience.