With a beautiful, soulful and laid-back vibe, Intertwined is the latest track from Purple Ferdinand‘s 7-track EP Rain Or Shine which was released back in February.
With a suitably sleek new video directed by Didyer Zarate to accompany it, the track underlines the promise already being shown by this talented London singer songwriter.
Purple Ferdinand – Intertwined
Manchester-based art-pop foursome Everything Everything have dropped the first track from their forthcoming fourth album, and it’s an absolute banger.
Just as they made a big impact with the start of the campaign for their previous album with Distant Past setting the tone for a more urgent, feisty Get To Heaven than its predecessor LP Arc, Can’t Do certainly bodes well for what’s to come when A Fever Dream is released on 18 August.
The Sync-favourites are currently previewing a large slice of the new material at a series of intimate dates around the UK. They then perform a support slot for Foals at Cornwall’s Eden Project before hitting several festivals over the summer including Reading and Leeds and By The Sea in Margate. A full tour in support of A Fever Dream is expected in the Autumn.
Everything Everything – Can’t Do
Some singers just have a mysterious, beguiling air about them. Whether it’s down to the beautifully smooth and multi-faceted voice or bewitching stage presence, Kyla La Grange had this Friday night Thekla crowd in the palm of her hand from the moment she walked on to the very end of her hour-long set.
The Watford-born singer showed off her incredible versatility, equally adept as she is at low or uptempo dance-infused material, emotionally-charged ballads – and even at one point towards the end of proceedings, full-on rock. Her material broadly spans the pop genre, albeit predominantly of the darkside variety, but there is also a bedrock of folk in what she does, and the combination of all of this is what makes her show so special.
Her set included material from across both of her albums – 2012’s Ashes and Cut Your Teeth from 2014 – as well as new songs, including Love Harder and Violet Blue both released this year, and Justify from late 2016.
It is perhaps the Cut Your Teeth album that best signifies the sound that La Grange really excels at. Her voice fits so perfectly with the atmospheric electronica backdrop created by the genius DJ and producer Jakwob, so it’s no wonder that the show ended with the title track from that album. It was an uplifting end to a very special performance.
Kyla La Grange – Justify
We’ve been listening to Tom Walker‘s Blessings for a few weeks now, so wasted no time in checking out his follow-up Heartland. Recruiting the production might of Naughty Boy, the song is so strong and yet understated enough to feel raw and soulful in the best possible way.
The current slow-burn of Walker’s recent material reminds us of Rag ‘N Bone Man‘s Human, which we featured way before his profile exploded in a rather spectacular way. Walker’s unique and attention-grabbing gravel-edged tone deserves similar exposure and it will almost certainly be coming his way.
He plays a host of festival dates over the summer, including Barn On The Farm in Gloucester (1 July), Victorious in Portsmouth (27 August) and Bestival in Dorset (8 September).
Tom Walker – Heartland
And while we’re about it, it’s only right to include Blessings here too, since it’s an absolute beaut of a song and one that shows Walker’s rich and powerful voice to the fullest.
Tom Walker – Blessings
Here’s a tune we can’t get out of our heads. Back with the latest track from his forthcoming second album, Dan Croll released Bad Boy a little earlier this month. It’s taken from Croll’s upcoming album Emerging Adulthood which is out on 21 July.
You can catch him live over the summer at Latitude in Suffolk (15 July) and London’s Citadel Festival the following day.
Dan Croll – Bad Boy
Despite being a pretty big deal in her homeland, Swedish singer Tove Styrke has remained mysteriously under the radar in the UK. With this, her comeback gig after a period of time in the studio, she did much to further the mystery of why she isn’t more up front and centre, with a powerful, high tempo performance that suggests she should be on a far bigger stage – metaphorically as well as literally.
Her long-standing domestic profile is due in part to a third-place finish in Sweden’s version of Pop Idol back in 2009, but the music that immediately followed that TV experience in her youth is a far cry from where this sassy lady is at nowadays. New song Say My Name offers a good handle on the strong and creative approach to pop that Styrke is taking, but her hour-long London show was nicely varied, stringing together a mix of material old and new.
Kicking of with Samurai Boy and Borderline from her second album Kiddo, she followed that with another from the same LP, Ego, which is arguably the most accomplished song of her career up to this point.
She excitedly announced that she had a couple of new songs to play for the first time, and they went down a storm; Mistakes and On The Low giving some indication that her third album will represent another major step forward for her material, full of hooks and energy.
She returned to tracks from Kiddo, mining the album for Who’s Got News, Number One, and Snaren before launching into new tune Say My Name, which was delivered with panache as the crowd sung the lyrics back to her. But it was encore tune Even If I’m Loud It Doesn’t Mean I’m Talking To You which really sums up what she is all about. Bold, confident and fun – it’s pure pop… and she’s brilliant at it.
It’s been a good long while since a song as beautiful as this floated into our ears. The Feeling is the work of Australian singer-songwriter Eilish Gilligan.
Although pop in essence, it’s hard to find the descriptive words to do the song justice, so take a listen, and welcome this unique track into your life.
This track appears on The Sync List 11 – listen to the full playlist on Soundcloud here.
Eilish Gilligan – The Feeling
American Nightmare is a pop-punk tune about choosing a different path to life to the supposedly utopian ‘American Dream’ that many pursue. It’s a song that also underlines the Toronto-based singer-songwriter’s knack for a hook. A much bigger profile beckons.
DYLYN – American Nightmare
Out today is the new track from synth-pop duo The Modern Strangers. Coco Hello has all the hallmarks of a summer pop earworm guaranteed to be stuck in your brain after two listens… you have been warned!
The Modern Strangers – Coco Hello
UK singer/songwriter Mark Elliott has been quietly building a name for himself as an emerging, talented singer-songwriter since his debut release Dead End Love Affair and debut EP China Doll last year.
His first release of 2017, Good Way, is an electro-ballad that speaks of new love, growing older and changing perspectives. Stripped piano/vocal transforms through a pop-esque build-up before dropping into a falsetto chorus and hook. Inventive, engaging songwriting at its best.
Mark Elliott – Good Way
We featured Lions, the debut single from Irish rock-pop outfit VINCI, a while back on Sync so we were keen to take a listen to the follow-up. It certainly lives up to our expectations.
These guys seem to have a knack for creating rich, slow-build songs that evolve into something stirring, emotional and powerful. Liars has an anthemic quality about it that deserves to be heard far and wide.
VINCI – Liars
New from Swedish singer LOUUD (AKA Louise Udin) is the track Fools. Full of ambient guitar and hook-filled pop, the song is a precursor to an EP which is on the way a little later this year.
Udin has been writing songs from a young age, developing and honing her craft at the Rytmus music school in Stockholm, following in the footsteps of artists such as Tove Lo, Icona Pop and Robyn. Now based in London, expect plenty more to come from LOUUD over the coming months.
LOUUD – Fools
Already one of the most talked about new artists in 2017, The Amazons release their debut album later this week (26/5/17). Containing all of the singles released earlier this year, this album has been highly anticipated by fans and is likely to create a whole lot of new followers for the band.
It opens with lively single Stay With Me which was released in early 2016 – a song that speaks about the fear of being left alone. It becomes clear in the next few songs, including single In My Mind, that longing and loneliness are the themes of this album. Particularly fifth song, Raindrops, which is slower and lighter than the previous four tracks, speaks the language of a broken heart. Being mixed with some killer guitar solos, this album creates an image of being lost and confused but still managing to have a good time.
It has to be said that single Black Magic is one of the strongest tracks on the album – there is a reason it’s the song that everyone’s talking about. Placed right in the centre of the track list, it may be one of the most played songs on the radio at the moment, but it still sends shivers down your spine when you hear those opening notes before the drums come in.
The Amazons – Black Magic
The next four songs have similar structures to the rest – heavy on the drums and guitar solos that leave you wishing you were seeing it live. Holy Roller has a particularly catchy chorus that you can imagine crowds of teenagers singing their hearts out to. There is also something mysterious and ominous about single Little Something, with its slower tempo and low notes.
However, it’s the final song on the album that will leave you reaching for the ‘play on repeat’ button. It’s a stark contrast to the rest, with the main focus being on beautiful piano chords and vocals, along with lyrics that speak to any lovesick teenager’s soul. Palace is the kind of song that haunts you until you inevitably play it again and again, the essence of the track being perfectly summed up in its lyrics – ‘but you love it when he makes you cry’.
Overall the strong contrast of this album, in its tragic lyrics that speak of heartbreak and desperation mixed with the upbeat tempos from the drums and guitar, make you want to cry your eyes out while singing at the top of your lungs. It’s one that captures the spirit and soul of a live performance right in your headphones.
Review by Tabetha Parrick
The Amazons – In My Mind
Almost a month after the release of his debut album Sweet Dreamer, Will Joseph Cook played his biggest show to date at London’s Heaven.
He opened with the title track from the album, a song that radiates energy which was reflected back from the crowd. Going on to play tune Plastic followed with single Take Me Dancing – no one was standing still in the venue. He went on to ask if anyone knew what day it was just before playing the song For Thursday, adding that he had been waiting all tour for that opportunity.
Cook’s melodic voice filled the venue as much as he filled the stage with his presence, taking breaks from dancing only to play guitar. All eyes were fixed on him as he got fans to crouch down during the verses of song Alive only to jump up during the chorus ready to shout the words “it’s good to be alive” at the top of their lungs.
However it wasn’t all upbeat party tunes, with the singer playing heartfelt ballads Water’s Gone Cold and Habit towards the end of the set. It was a captivating moment as he stood alone on the stage singing with hundreds of voices in the crowd.
He looked like he was enjoying himself as much as his fans, saying “I’m trying not to make long speeches between every track but it’s very hard. It’s such an exciting time to be releasing music. I just want to say thank you.” And an exciting time it was, finishing with songs Biggest Fan and Beach (I Wanna Make You Mine) – both instant classics from the album – and everyone was singing along.
It’s Will Joseph Cook’s own words that capture perfectly what everyone in that venue was thinking by then: “Look around us, this is fucking mental.”
Words and photos: Tabetha Parrick
It’s almost a year to the day that we first featured Canadian singer songwriter LeRiche with the wonderful Bury Me, a song we loved ever since the first listen, so it’s great to get this new one from him.
This is LeRiche’s first new song since signing with Fierce Panda in the UK and Indica Records in Australia and there are understandably high hopes for it. He has that knack of creating great songs, and Under Covers is another that deserves to be heard far and wide.
LeRiche – Under Covers