With more than a hint of Echo And The Bunnymen (very much reminiscent of ‘Pretty In Pink’), The Cry return with their latest single, ‘This Hazy Morning’, the follow up to their previous release, ‘It Is As It Seems’, which came out late last year. The Cry will later this year – all things being equal – release their first LP since 1990.
Richard Marx has released total of 12 studio albums, with his most recent, ‘Limitless’, his debut with BMG. The eleven track album is Marx’s first since 2014’s ‘Beautiful Goodbye’, and it stands up with the best of anything else released this year. Marx’s music still falls into the “adult contemporary” genre, but what does that even mean these days? His sound is rocky, radio ready, and limitlessly re-playable.
While we’re all caught up in self-isolation at the moment, it’s important to think about our friends and family, and maybe celebrate those we love, and drop them a quick “thank you” for being there. Pop singer Sami Thompson knows what it’s like to have that best friend who’s always there for her, and in ‘Lifeline’ she’s dedicated an entire song to that person.
We’ve been talking about John Paciga for years now and yet, somehow, this musical supernova is still only 19. Now at Yale, where he’s the musical director of that University’s century-old a cappella group, ‘The Yale Spizzwinks(?)’, he’s honed his voice and performance skills and has also managed to write new music, including his latest release, ‘No One Else’, straight off the back of a summer tour.
It’s not too hard to guess that if you live outside LA, South Anderson Street wouldn’t be top of the list of places that spring to mind when you think of the City. Warehouses, chain-link fences, and graffiti are more likely to be seen than beaches or palm trees. But despite all that, it’s a vital neighbourhood with a lot going on in terms of culture and innovation, and it attracts artists of all kinds, such as director Jonathan Zawada, who made the video for ‘The Difference’, the most recent single from Australian electronic producer, Flume.
Close your eyes while you’re listening to ‘Riverbank’, by Pinewood, and perhaps like me you’ll find yourself by the river, laying back on the red and black checked wool blanket, sated by a much too large yet incredibly delicious picnic lunch. You soon find yourself floating along, whether it be in a boat or somehow along a light summer breeze; you speed up, some rapids below you – but nothing will mar this perfect day. The atmospheric folk tune is filled to capacity with a plethora of ethereal vocals, strings plucked tenderly, and a rhythm that mimics the ebb of the water.
Set for release tomorrow, March 16, Wendy Halo’s latest single, ‘Fire And Ice’ tells the story of a relationship where one partner is distancing themselves, and the other is trying to bring the passion back, and restore the spark. The track follows on directly from her most recent single, ‘Compromise’.
Olivia Henry, from Los Angeles, has known all her life that she’s wanted to sing, and she shared that passion with the world. with her debut EP, ‘Sessions’, released in 2014. The recrord demonstrated Olivia’s gift for taking a retro-jazz sound and recrafting it into an alterna-pop format, and set her on a seemingly rocketlike trajectory to the stars. Sadly this was not to be, because following the release of ‘Sessions’, Olivia was forced to put her career on hold, as she was diagnosed with a variety of joint-related auto-immune conditions.