Just a quick one today, Kevin Tudge from Ronda and Laura Thompson of Will Dance for Chocolate fame teamed up back in 2010 and this song was made. They shot a video for it which you can see here and if you like what you hear, you can download the track for free by clicking below. I've seen and filmed both artists several times over the years but I've never seen them on the same stage at the same time before so for a picture I've pinched one of Andy O'Hare's snaps. It's ok, he won't mind.
Harrison Bruce is a folk singer/songwriter from Worcestershire who I heard on the BBC Gloucester Introducing show and immediately thought 'Wow, I need to book this guy for the radio show!' A quick google led me to his facebook page, which in turn sent me to his bandcamp page which resulted in me writing this blog. I'll be able to say much more about him once he's been into the studio and we've recorded a session with him, but in the meantime we'll both have to make do with his biog:
'Inspired by the finger-picking folk musicians of this time and that Harrison Bruce takes his influences and incorporates them into his own music. Giving you that bluesy folk that is hard to find in this day and age. Harrison was born in the Midlands and grew up listening to Cash, Dylan and many more classic artists that shaped his sound.'
Benji Tranter is a singer/songwriter from Hereford who lives in London. Here we have his lovely take on the Mystery Jets song 'Hand Me Down', you can hear the original by clicking here.
NOTE: This download is a .wav file which is 32MB so you'll want to run it through an mp3 converter if you want to keep it. I wish musicans on SoundCloud would realise that people don't want wavs.
Benji Tranter is a singer/songwriter from Hereford who lives in London and who akes some lovely music. He's recently played a bunch of festivals, started recording his first album and has released his first music video 'Wolf-Cub' which you can see by clicking here. Up for grabs today is the 'Crayons E.P.' from 2009
Rachael Yamagata is a singer/songwriter from Arlington, Virgina. 'I'll Find A Way' is the fifth track on her 2004 debut album 'Happenstance' and is much more of a ballad than 'Starlight' which I've previously blogged about.
She's worked with Jason Mraz, Toots & The Maytals, Ryan Adam & The Cardinals, Rhett Miller and Mandy Moore (each song I've conveniently linked in there) and her songs have featured on several TV shows including How I Met Your Mother, ER, Nip/Tuck, Men in Trees, Alias, One Tree Hill, Brothers & Sisters and The O.C. Anyways, that's way more than enough links, the song is below. Enjoy.
Benji Tranter is a folk singer/songwriter from Hereford who lives in London. Today what's on offer is a track that he describes as a christmas songs and 80's pop pastiche. It definetely makes me think of 80's christmas jumpers and Wham! Download it and when Christmas comes around this year, you can add it to your own original x-mas playlist and advoid all the overplaying cheesy christmas singles. There'll be no cars big as bars or pistols carved out of wood, just some decent singer/songwriters, that's how it's going to be going down in my house anyway.
Rachael Yamagata is a singer/songwriter from Arlington, Virginia. Here's her 2011 single 'Starlight' taken from the album 'Chesapeake'. Having left a major label, she said in interviews that "there was no attempt or requirement to be anything but what we felt like doing in the room." For fans of Fiona Apple, PJ Harvey and Tori Amos. Also, ignore the man in the photo and just enjoy the music.
Ellen Louise is a 17 year old singer/songwriter from Redditch. I randomly discovered her music as a result of clicking around on SoundCloud and saw her on Gabrielle Aplin's page, saw that she was from Redditch and thought since there's a big lack of local music on this blog, I'd give her a bit of coverage. I don't know anything else about her other than that as she only has a SoundCloud page and there's hardly any info there, but the music is lovely. I've sent her a message asking if she has any original songs and if she has any gigs coming up. When I know, I'll let you know but in the meantime, we'll both have to make do with this.
Once again we are treated to the dreamy vocals of Devon based singer/songwriter Alice Jemima. I've written a couple of blogs on here about her music and meeting her at the Wychwood festival where she was greeted off the stage by new fans who were queuing up to get their t-shirts signed.
Here we have a Strangers song 'Safe / Pain' which Alice has made completely her own, in the same way she covered Rihanna's 'Only Girl in the World' and Lana del Rey's 'Million Dollar Man'. You should already know by now, especially when it comes to this girl, do yourself a big favour and click the download button right now, just incase there's a download limit on this awesomeness,
Daughter is the musical work of Elena Tonra. Have a listen to her music, would you call her a singer/songwriter or indie folk? It's a tough call but I'm sure we can both agree that's bloody good. Growing up in a qiuet part of London in the 90's she spent her days listening to her parent’s vinyl collections and older brother’s rock CDs. She later discovered the beauty of acoustic and folk inspired music and started to create stories and poems which formed the skeletons of her songs.
Wearing clothes that old people may well have died in, and a bowl-cut the Beatles would be proud of, Daughter tells tales of ghosts, drowning lovers and setting fire to her insides for fun. Daughter’s haunting voice and delicate guitar playing make her live performances spell-binding and often difficult to breathe. She talks about unrequited love, lost hope and death… in the prettiest way imaginable.
Making your music folder better, one song at a time.
_Pretty much everyday I seem to find some amazing exclusive tracks that
some awesome artists are giving away for free as a special one off
promotion. Today, it occured to me that instead of just downloading
them, maybe reposting them on facebook if they're special enough/someone I know and
then moving on, I should start a little music blog on here. Even if it
doesn't last forever, it's still a free song for you each day that it
does! I'd say the character of this blog is mostly electropop and singer/songwriter but I've got plans for mathcore, post-rock and glitch-hop. A lot of these tracks have a download limit of 100 so get in there on the quick. I'd also point out that a lot of the songs will need renaming once you've downloaded them so I'd do them one at a time.