Monday, 16 July 2012

Music Mondays

Oh for a minute there, I thought we were in July.
Hello moaning myrtle here. Well, if like me you're fed up of the British weather, I hope the following will bring some cheer on a Monday, to kick start your week with some flippin' good tunes.

Of course, I aim to deliver and if I may say so, this one is a good one. I say that every week don't I! No,  I have some new songs, it may even be the first time you hear them so listen up.

Firstly, a new song I just happened to stumble across via. Twitter and immediately fell in love within the first few seconds. I introduce to you, Anathallo.

1. Anathallo - Italo

Originally hailing from Michigan, the band started practicing in 2000, with their first shows following shortly after. Their name comes from the Greek word, meaning "to renew, refresh or bloom again" rather fitting once you hear their music.

Their first record to receive national acclaim came in 2006, with the band releasing a follow-up Canopy Glow in 2008. However, the current band now consist of a rather different lineup, having rehearsed their songs from within a church they resided in, before recording. The band set about on two headliner national tours before taking a break.

In Italo, Chicago, folk singer-songwriters, Anathallo create a gorgeous rhythmic mashup. The bands harmonies and instrumentals allow the song to build, layer upon layer before building to a breatakingly beautiful climax of strings and vocals.

2. Delilah - Tabitha, Mummy & Me - (Mahogany Session)

There really is nothing better than a live session and the above is definitely a must watch.

Born in 1990 Paloma Stoecker, who records under the name Delilah is a British singer-songwriter. 
Currently signed to Atlantic Records, it was her collaboration with Chase & Status that accelerated her into the public eye. 

Her first solo release Go peaked at number 17 in the UK Charts, sampling Chaka Khan's hit, Ain't Nobody. Having been lucky enough to be picked as none other than Price on his upcoming tour, Delilah has also sang with the likes of Emeli Sande and Maverick Sabre. 

Delilah's debut album From The Roots Up is due for release on July 30th and includes the singles Go, Breathe and Love You So. Her soulful, unique vocals on this live track leave you wanting more and I urge you to listen, right away.

3. Thomas J Speight - River

Having played with the likes of The Staves, landed support slots for Joshua Radin and Mumford & Sons and receiving praise from the legendary Sir Paul McCartney, it's safe to say Thomas J Speight is one to watch.

With a range of well crafted songs, Speight created a somewhat nostalgic feeling within his songs. With a tone reminiscent of Damien Rice, Thomas harmonises perfectly with band member Laura James, creating a sound fuelling comparisons to the likes of Fionn Regan and Ryan Adams.

'River' features Allie Moss on vocals and is a emotive display of lyrics and vocal interplay. The song is taken from Together or Alone EP, released in April and is available for purchase on iTunes.

4. Bombay Bicycle Club - Beg

I have a sneaky suspicion Tanja may like this one... 

Hailing from London, this English indie rock band have been gracing our soundwaves for five years now. Buoyed by vocalist Lucy Rose, it seems a match made in heaven and to be quite frank, they get better with every listen. It's hard to believe that just six years ago, the young band were entered into Virgin Mobile's "Road to V" competition on Channel 4, leading them to land the opening slot of the 2006 V Festival.

Since, the band have released three albums, signed a deal with Island Records, toured and won the Best New Band award at the 2010 NME Awards, not bad hey? 

A year after the release of their highly acclaimed third album, A Different Kind of Fix Bombay Bicycle Club have released the final song from the album tracklisting, Beg. A somewhat fresh approach from the trademark sounds of the past, this groovy, experimental track makes it incredibly hard to sit still and refrain from hitting the repeat button. If only the sun was shining... 

5. XX - Angels 

Now, I have waited for this release for what seems like a long time, the hotly tipped new offering from the XX was released today! Sublime. Sensational. Idyllic. A few words I have used so far to sum it up. Wow.

The English indie band, hailing from London had their first taste of success in 2009, when their single Crystalised was featured as Single of the Week on Itunes. Since, the group have been met with Universal acclaim, with their debut album winning The Mercury Music Prize, being labelled best British and Irish album of the year.

Since, the band have headlined a selection of popular music festivals including Coachella and Lollpalooza. Today, the band announced their new single, via. their website with the following words,

"It's been a long time since we've played you anything new. This song is called 'Angels', it is the first single from our new album, Coexist. We've been playing this song live recently, so it feels good to share with you the version we've been working on for so long. We hope you like it. xx The xx"

With their trademark echoey guitar and soft, haunting vocals, Angels could quite easily have found its place on their first album release, however it only adds to the anticipation and teasing surrounding their second album, Coexis due for release in September.

To leave on a high note, that's all for now folks and I hope you enjoy the above. Have a great week.

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