We never get really done of folk music, it’s always something that we love to hear, but not every song is unforgettable. Some songs echo inside our flesh and bones and those are the ones we carry with us forever. That’s the case of YVI’s new single Majesty, off of his debut album A Few Words Of Comfort.
Diederick Brandsma is YVI, a young musician born and raised in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, he sings in English but his language is music, love and emotional lyrics. In 2015 he was highlighted as Best Singer-Songwriter of the Northern Netherlands, because of his Damien Rice-style singing and unique compositions. A Few Words Of Comfort is a 9-piece album, including “musical letters”, as the singer describes it, dedicated to his loved ones.
After putting out Hometown and We’ll Live Along, YVI is releasing today Majesty, justifying its name: the song is absolutely majestic; Diek sings it with a deep melancholic voice, accompanied along with his guitar mourning every chord he plays. As the song builds-up, a piano and a sober violin appears, embodying the song and creating a breathtaking ambient while he sings “Lost a battle to futility and now I had to bow”, increasing after drum-based rhythm perfectly engaged with the frenetic piano. YVI sounds at first like Damien Rice or Glen Hansard, but as we “look” (hear) closer, we notice how unique and authentic his sonority is: we could say he has Paolo Nutini’s emotion in his voice, Damien’s power and Hansard’s melancholy, all together mixed with Flanders lifestyle and spirit.
If we could guess a few months ago that we’d cross our paths with such incredible voice and storyteller like only few could be, we’d rejoice only to know that pure folk still have apprentices capable to take its music to the highest levels and stages. YVI is surely making his way to one of the most amazing Dutch singer-songwriters ever known and we truly hope he take Europe for his own just like Ben Howard did.
Until then, we impatiently wait for the album which will come out April 11th and keep listening to this majestic Majesty and the other two previously released.
Valentine’s Day is here, isn’t it? Do you think we’ve come unprepared for it? They say Italy is where you want to fall in love and as proper rendition to that saying Anthony Lazaro is releasing today his latest track, the romantic Through My Eyes.
Secretly starting and focused on his chilling vocals, the Hamburg-based singer and guitarist soon merge his calming vocals with a synth-based electric guitar vibe romantic vibe, making us feel the closer we can get to a candle-light dinner. The song talks about that secret intimacy and complicity a couple shares and how time can go by without notice. How everything works gracefully and without too much effort. Natural romantic or just honest, this is a cute lullaby that finds in pop-R&B its more natural flow. Not only romantic but also catchy, as you will easily find yourself replicating these guitar chords in your head middle of the song, and long past its end. Almost like a Daft Punk vibe.
Anthony Lazaro - Through My Eyes (Official Video) - YouTube
And just like a true romance, we won’t ever manage to describe it fully and the best is to listen to it abundantly until we can understand all the lyrics and lullaby along its nuances.
They don’t know what it’s like to see you through my eyes They have never held you while you sleep at night Never get to kiss you when you wake and smile So they will never know
Anthony Lazaro will continue to showcase his indie-chilled vibe and his guitar with some more releases this year. You can follow him in the links below:
We always like to get ahead of ourselves concerning new music, and when that happens also concerning Valentine’s day we are even more up for it. Supporting the idea that loving is an every-day “business”, nothing better than a husband-and-wife based band like The Bergamot to start things in the right way.
The Brooklyn based band is releasing their new song (and video), Periscope, tomorrow as a proper celebration of what love is.
Starting with some folk-rock based simple melodies mixing drums and guitar, Periscope is a gentle breeze that finds itself very early and soon you hear the duet vocals. The first minute flies by and soon you notice yourself you’re right in the chorus. A chorus with several phases in itself, but where they are not shy to showcase love in words. Pericope reinvents itself just the necessary amount throughout. Decreasing the amount of sonority just to bring it back again for the second time of the chorus. Or increasing it to a folk-rock explosion shortly after the 3rd minute. The song works so well, it is only natural it gets the listener to singing along on the very first listen.
Periscope also makes its mark through the beautiful lyrics of course. Like a proper love lullaby, it merges the melody flow and heart-felt energy with some honest words about the truest sentiments. It happens from the first build up where the song title is actually versed:
Through a periscope I see our lives Through my eyes I know We’ll be alright We’ll be alright
To the catchy (instrumentaly mutable) chorus:
Because I have been waiting on you All my life, All my life I’ve been frustrated and blue I never knew, I never knew How much I love You How much I love You
Or the necessary and gorgeous bridge:
There will come a time Looking down the line Truth will be hard to find But don’t be afraid Our troubles they won’t Stay the same We’ll be O.K.
It’s all about how love can evolve and rise stronger. And it’s making The Bergamot sounding more melodious than ever.
Together with the song, comes a gorgeous and sincere video filmed over 3 years containing true footage of The Bergamot’s shows, trips, and love bits, from Michigan to Haway. The video comes out tomorrow and here is a preview:
The Bergamot - Periscope (Valentine's Day Preview) - YouTube
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner you should follow Bergamot for more honest loving content:
Everybody knows that the UK, and especially London, is one big artist hatchery, bringing to us exceptional artists since ever. But what we care about is the last two decades, in terms of alternative and indie music and regarding to that, the city helped a lot in the creation of what we call now Brit Pop. This is not one of those Brit Pop bands, actually, but it’s another exciting London-based band. The Pylons is a quartet formed in North-London and was inspired by Bear’s Den, Novo Amor, HONNE and Bombay Bicycle Club, amongst others.
The band has been working hard to put out a pile of many singles, counting until now with 5 new ones. Here we present you Remember Me. A mix of indietronic elements and sonorities and organic rock instruments. The band intended to create a profound and wide sound with echoed drums and reverbed guitars, all involved by falsetto vocals and a classical choir.
Remember Me is quite difficult to insert in a genre as it navigates almost wildly between ambient music, rock, indietronic and sometimes pop-folk. We know it sounds a bit confusing but in fact it’s quite invigorating and frantically balanced. The quartet seems to have naturally reached a mellow stage where they all know exactly their place and sometimes invade others space waving the melody and giving more dynamic.
By the time the band released Remember Me they have released another single called Float Away. Not stepping out of their style, this one is more chilled and the vocals are less spatial, sounding more like new Justin Vernon’s Bon Iver: more raw and disquieting, always overusing falsetto and a bit of auto-tune. The similarities doesn’t put The Pylons behind Bon Iver’s or Honne’s shades, by the contrary, the new Londoner band are stepping up almost beside them.
We live in a society where relationships are based on virtual, on apps, websites/blogs and social network. Some of them were once physical friends or at least became friends even if only for a drink. The thing is, we have now more friends and followers on our socials than actual friends and that became more intensified when our love relationships started being more regular on our devices too. Young singer-songwriter Annika Grace has something to say about it so she put it into a song. “We live in a time when relationships are as disposable as our phones”, she says introducing her newest song The Chase.
This is a song where relationships become boring and disposable, where people don’t give enough importance to love and others feelings, “how bored they must be, those people who find love instantly”, as she enters the chorus. That is actually a verse that embraces all the song matter. Though Annika’s youth, she sings with no fear, she means every word she intonates, in a very rough and direct voice. Actually, her voice is nothing but extremely mature and soulful. Grace reminds a lot of London Grammar’s lead vocal Hannah which is kind of incredible.
As the song begins it has some deep and undiscovered environment around it, the instrumental sounds a bit dark and leaves us with a sense of uncertainty about where it will lead. The fact is that the song grows and creates two different moods: a whispery and melancholic verse, emotional and even sad, and a grasp, assertive and pointing chorus complemented with techno elements accelerating a bit the melody.
After her 7-track EP Glass Town launched in December 2016, Annika Grace is now ready for her second studio record, and so do we. We surely need more fearless artists like Annika, approaching sometimes delicate themes, always in the name of love (and we like that, probably because of the Valentine’s season).
ELVAR is an Icelandic singer-songwriter making his proper debut in the indie music world this year with the release of his debut album produced by the also Icelandic Petur Ben.
Here ate WtMM we have a long-time love for new Icelandic acts since we discovered Ásgeir. And a bit like him, ELVAR has a very strong basis on electric ambiances. Still, he does it in a more disguised way. Those sort of electric hymns is heard in the back of his tracks, leaving the main sonority for his vocals, a guitar and a drum that alternates light with heavier appearances. A sort of indie-rock meets folk meets shoegaze flow that seems to easily propagate around his tracks. Runaway Heart, his second single, was the one that made the cut for us. Mainly because this is a track that felt right since the first bits of sound – and oh, how difficult that is, nowadays. The laid-back electrified pop choir that he starts the song with are the first hooking characteristic. Following those, his tender-natural vocals enlighten the way. While Runaway Heart is not a track that varies a lot, it also doesn’t need to. It’s secret lies in the clever melodies and short variations. The first at the middle mark of the song: washed by a sort of sea-sound a 90’s like pop-rock vibe gets in, keeping the listener into it for more. The second happens close to the end, with another surprising bit that champions the electric acoustic guitar, and where we can swear we can feel the Icelandic scenery.
However, this is not a one trick pony either. And that is after all the reason to highlight him. ELVAR first ever song is also a gorgeous track. Entitled One of a Kind it immediately recalled us of Lord Huron enchanting story-telling ways. Elvar vocals are once again the center of the song, and that sounds good and make us feel safe. Especially in a track where everything focuses on a very catchy chorus (that we were singing along on play number 2). This is, of course, a romantic track that talks about an empty city (or heart), and that sounds like one’s searching for meaning. But it also sounds like a gorgeous song to play on a road trip, or when getting home after a tiring workday. And ultimately, that’s all we can ask from a track, isn’t it?
Peter and Kerry released this week their second comeback single. They Know Good (But I Know You) is a hard-to-decipher-genre indie song but one that perfectly balances sensibility with emotions and melancholy. And oh yes, we dig those so much. The best part about this is probably the way the vocals always seem in charge of everything, as much as this features a beautiful piano, a crescendo melody and, a sort-of-catchy chorus. Just like those ballads from Daughter and Lucy Rose, this is a proper one, one that speaks to the heart and to the soul. And the biggest proof of that is the fact that it was immediately turned into a Mahogany session.
Peter and Kerry - They Know God But I Know You | Mahogany Session - YouTube
A different kind of Folk, some may say. The original kind of Folk, we say. Aerialists latest song is what they call a folk song turned post-rock, but in fact is everything folk started to be. Group Manoeuvre II is an instrumental song that can make us dance and feel before featuring any vocals. And when Emily Millard vocals appear they still feel welcome and perfectly in-line with the melody. This is a track that seems written the other way around the expected. Vocals are a secondary element, but by any means a less gorgeous or necessary one. And it is also one of those songs that becomes more part of us the more plays we put on it until it turns special.
Aerialists feat. Emily Millard - Group Manoeuvre II - YouTube
Every two weeks mindchatter will drop a new song. At the second one, he already got us. blood is an indietronic song with so much of the hooking elements we love in the fusion genre. With some simple but efficiently catching vocals, he sets on top of a funky-rock-pop mixture that sounds too good to be true. “I don’t need your love I need your blood just to set me off, I’ll be on my way, I need your blood for when I’m done, leave me the f*** alone“, just like that we are hooked into it. And we don’t want to let it go anymore.
Waving between 80’s rock and modern indie-rock, there’s a brand new trio from Birmingham/London making their somehow remarkable deep rock. The Bull is the first song ever released by the band, who has been working on their debut album the past four years, coming out this Spring. It’s understandable that one song is not enough to know the course they’ll take but The Bull already gives us a slight idea of what the band is capable of. The song has all its power on the rhythm, its deepness on the emotional vocals and its surrounding ambient on synths and guitars. The whole combination is what makes us want to listen to it on repeat. In fact, what Greg Milner, Stuart White and Tom Whitfield made here is probably the best indie-rock song you’ll hear today.
RKCB is probably one of the most exciting dream-pop duos nowadays. After releasing two incredible singles last year (Alone With You Pt. 2 and Know Love) the band enters 2019 with a new single Till We’re In The Sea, accompanied with a video-clip, a song that intends to warn for the climate changes. Taken from their upcoming Shores EP, the song was inspired by a close-up vision of the world around the duo and the relationship with nature. Musically, the track is organic and a bit unexpected in terms of composition, always uplifting with their harmonic vocals which they’ve already got us used to. The lyrics are alarming and they intend to penetrate our mind with key-verses and our soul with their music. What is kind of amazing is how the LA-based duo can be ethereal and abstract and at the same time be direct and real. The EP will be launched next February 22nd and will combine 6 diversified tracks, inspired from Motown to Fleetwood Mac, and all of them alerting for global warming and love, life and death themes.
RKCB - Till We're In the Sea (Official Video) - YouTube
Time Goes By is the name of Jessie Reid’s debut single. Probably is the first time you’re reading Jessie’s name but this is definitely a name to remember. The singer-songwriter presents us an angelic voice, remembering Lucy Rose or a female Ben Howard, and amazing guitar skills which we got used to by John Butler, creating a unique style, profound, raw and rousing. The result is obviously great and dreaming, Time Goes By is a contradictory tittle as in fact, the song stops the time. More recently the UK singer and songwriter released her second single Stay With Me and both will be part of Reid’s debut EP, expected to be launched this Spring.
Margaret Stutt is an experienced musician and singer-songwriter born in Wisconsin, now performing under the name of Pezzettino, a character of a children’s book. She is working on her first solo album Resin and to present it she released the first single How To. The track is an amazing build-up, starting with only voice and then incorporating many other elements as the song goes on. The melody is a constant, constantly repeating, not only the melody but part of the lyrics as well. Margaret seems to struggle explaining something, “What I’m saying is what a day to forget how to” and as she’s repeating it the chaos and uncertainty seem to be more evident. How To grows in chaos but is not that chaotic, all the elements engage perfectly on each other and her juvenile and sweet voice balance the song. What apparently is a basic song becomes a complex and stimulating one. Resin came out yesterday (February 8th), so visit her socials to listen to the full album.
Here’s a catchy one for the weekend! Magdalena Bay has been quite active since the beginning of the year and Money Lover is another result of their extreme creativity. The young US duo are highly inspired by the 90’s and electro-pop acts and they don’t intend to make the same music that we’re used to hear, their goal is to be innovative, fun and somehow ironic. Money Lover is exactly that: an ironic view of the capitalist world we live in, an “anti-money” song, they say. The melody is naïve and innocent, such as Mica Tenenbaum’s voice and the beat and instrumental arrangement are dynamic and a mix of revivalism and modernism. This is a song for everyone feeling poor and happy, though. So, literally, join the club and dance!
Somewhere around the 1:37 mark in TWOFVCE’s excellent new single Alfred Israël B, as the song builds grandly from the bridge into a powerful instrumental chorus, I began to feel the steady beat of the track in my chest — thumping against my ribcage in time with my heartbeat (or perhaps my heartbeat in time with it).
TWOFVCE Julian Sheffield / Mo Clinton / J. / Esteban
WtMM is thrilled to premier Alfred Israël B, the first advance single off TWOFVCE’s upcoming EP Always Behind dropping next Friday, February 15. According to the band, the EP represents a milestone in defining their sound; an important step up in production and growth as a cohesive unit of four individual, talented, multi-instrumental musicians. Thematically, the title is a nod to that sense of *just* missing something. Day-to-day deadlines. An important opportunity. Chasing someone who is hard to reach and the ensuing feeling of rejection. Feeling like an outsider.
Alfred Israël B riffs on the same theme, with lyrics that tell a story of someone who died in WWII.
“He should have left town, but he was not aware that they were all around / The way they took him down, with a lot of people on a deadly ground.”
But, it’s the music of this track that stirs the most emotion and showcases TWOFVCE’s hard-earned, polished sonic identity. Starting off with an unaccompanied piano line that smacks of Billy Joel, the beat drops and settles into an easy, loping groove laced with atmospheric vocals, a nicely punctuated guitar solo, and gorgeous touches throughout (synth shimmers and quick little keyboard riffs). The verse builds through that hypnotic, heartbeat-mimicking bridge to the drop and a deliciously contrasting chorus — a dominant blast of synths and a wall of pulsating sound.
The chorus drops back for the second verse and starts the pattern over, but with more edge and a bit of gravel in the vocals. There’s a sense of urgency and the resulting second chorus is even bigger. Hell, they even add a keytar sound…in all of it’s high-pitched, dissonant glory. If that’s not a sign of musical confidence, I don’t know what is. Used poorly, the keytar tone is just punishing. But, it’s deployed perfectly here and it adds a unique layer to an ever-growing, throbbing, shimmering soundscape as the track builds and builds right to the end.
Put on your preferred noise-canceling headphones or crank your stereo to 11 because, as much as the song gets in you, it also surrounds you. It’s immersive. The beat draws you in and pulls you along, but the chorus — with all of its noise and textures — holds you; offering a sense of weightlessness amidst all of the heaving and churning outside.
This is a great new track from a band hungry to find its voice and share its sound. Learn more about TWOFVCE with the links below and cop Always Behind when it drops next Friday.
We already told you about the increased volume of talented musicians from Northern Europe. So here’s another one: Rikke Normann. Is not actually folk, as we told you in the previous post, but talent needs to be shared and this one fits perfectly.
The Norwegian singer-songwriter released her brand new duet with the Grammy-nominated Bernhoft.Fragile is a soulful song waving between Marvin Gaye and Mayer Hawthorne. In a smooth and chilled interpretation, both singers elevate their vocals in a perfect combination, supported by a sometimes classic-jazzy arrangement and not less modern R&B-soul approach. Rikke sings about love and its conditions, as also about everything around us that we all take for granted, “We are so fragile in the way that we live” it’s a demonstration of how naked and vulnerable we all are when in love and put body and soul into something, and the Norwegian singer hits the highest notes while singing the verse perfectly personalizing the fragility she’s talking about.
Fragile is the fourth single taken from her forthcoming album 35, and it’s a joyful and festive melody. Even though the lyrics are about vulnerability, the way Normann and her fellow sing turn it into an uplifting and blissfully song, culminating in a catchy highly-addicted harmonic chorus.
It’s impossible to close our eyes (or ears) to Bernhoft in this song, as he gifts it with a notorious and unique kind of soul in his voice, hoarse and sweet, mellow and tender, somewhere between John Legend and D’Angelo or Leon Bridges, but it’s so unique and authentic that is actually hard to compare him with others. The Grammy-nominated artist is the yang to Rikke’s ying as they sound so differently while separated but together they engaged perfectly.
This is one of those cases that we feel so happy to have this job and be able to listen to great music in first hand. Rikke Normann is about to launch her third studio album and if you are somewhere in Europe, go check her socials to know where will be the nearest gig to you as Rikke has already more than 20 shows booked since the beginning of 2019. It’s definitely a show you won’t want to miss!
Some people just born in a different time than they should, as it all seem to belong to another age. Native Harrow feels like one of those cases. Firstly, let us introduce her to you. Native Harrow is the nom de plume of Devin Tuel, a New Yorker singer-songwriter, acting alongside with Stephen Harms. And that is as ambiguous as it can be: A simple 60’s personality living in one of the biggest and capitalist cities in the World.
Once listening to Native Harrow it’s impossible to immediately not picture yourself in some 60’s environment, listening to Janis Joplin, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Joni Mitchell… And that’s even more intrinsic in Can’t Go On Like This because the picture is then in Woodstock. At first listening, this could be just another singer with her guitar, talking about stuff. But Native Harrow is much more than that: right from the start Can’t Go On Like This is psychedelic and rocker, her voice is angelical and chimerical and the whole melody is uncertain, just like in the 60’s with The Doors, Fleetwood Mac, and others.
This song belongs to Native Harrow’s third and upcoming album Happier Now, featuring other songs like Blue Canyon and Way to Light and we can expect many feelings and experiences as the duo describe the songs each in its panorama. Lyrically this song is rich and the theme is as timeless as Devin Tuel’s voice: uncertainty seems to be part of her life and her surrounding ones, so the song is all about changes and the fear of it. “Do you remember being young?” is the motto of chorus and it actually asks ourselves about our worries, fears and problems and how it used to “disappear into the dust”. Can’t Go On Like This is call of life, so meaningful we all can relate with.
Sometimes there are songs and musicians that remember ourselves that music is timeless and vast and when it happens we feel so grateful for that. This is one of the cases when music stops the time and time freezes our lives.