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Songwriter and poet Lux Lyall releases new music video ‘Switchblade Baby’

London’s upcoming starlet Lux Lyall arrives with the video for her seductive new single ‘Switchblade Baby’. A songwriter and poet, Lux melds glamorous Old-Hollywood noir with modern, dark pop sensibilities, laced with an enchanting mystique channeling PJ Harvey, Lana Del Rey, and instrumentation reminiscent of the Bad Seeds.

‘Switchblade Baby’ is a luscious and enticing affair, layered with an elegant arrangement that waltzes beneath Lux’s emotive and sultry voice. The David Lynch-esque video focuses on Lux as she passionately performs to an offbeat audience against a dazzling, glitzy backdrop.

“As I was writing the song, the ‘Switchblade Baby’ character kinda evolved into this patron saint of broken women who aren’t ready to throw in the towel,” explains Lux. “They’re smart as a whip and take no shit – Just gimme a minute to slap on some lipstick, take a sip of my drink and remember who I am. I’ll be just fine.”

‘Switchblade Baby’ is Lux’s second single, following the release of debut ‘Teeth’ back in July. “Teeth’s about the emotional struggle of mental illness,” says Lux. “It’s about being cold, sarcastic and defiant towards those who love you, and then desperate and full of self-hate when you realize there’s no-one left to kick down the bathroom door when you need them. It’s about surviving your own madness and surviving yourself.”

The B-sides to ‘Teeth’ (‘Among the Water, Among the Weeds’) and ‘Switchblade Baby’ (Milk Thistles) are poems taken from Lux’s self-published collection ‘St Valentine’.

With a full album on the way, Lux’s bewitching style and poetic artistry combine to create a charmingly addictive aura that will draw you into a world of evocative and striking storytelling.

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Interview with singer/songwriter Jordy Maxwell

Singer/songwriter Jordy Maxwell emerged into the Perth music scene in January 2017, at the age of 27 when he began his songwriting. Since then, he has proven how important music is for a person to express their stories and their emotions through his deeply felt, honest and soulful lyrics.

Jordy has released his first debut single ‘Blue Eyes’ in October 2017, which has now reached a very large audience all around the world. His debut EP ‘Honest’ was released a few short months after that. This October Jordy will be showcasing his second EP ‘Hello, Goodbye’ across Australia, doing a headline tour across 5 major cities in Australia. Jordy’s second EP promises to be as personal, vulnerable and heartfelt as always.

Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

I learned to play guitar to impress my Mum when she got home from work. I’d learn old songs and sing to them. When she got home, I’d get too shy to sing in front of her and just try and make her guess the song with no words. I never took music very far when I got older (Early 20’s), I guess life just got in the way.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

Songwriting for me is not an easy process, I usually like to keep my emotions close to my heart, so opening up with writing things down almost scares me in a way. I write what comes to my mind straight away without thinking too deeply into it. I find that what I write in that state of mind is quite honest and real. I think it helps to create an open and vulnerable feel to my music.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

A girl with blue eyes, early mornings, sadness and the pressure of recording.

As a musician, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?

I personally don’t like the “competition” with music. I feel like there’s always going to be someone “better” than you and we always compare ourselves to other musicians and compare our songs to other songs. I’m not sure how I can personally change that except just to keep doing you’re own thing and not getting sucked into the music clique. You should be able to like any type of music and if you don’t like some music just to accept it for what it is. I’m not saying I do this all the time, but it’s very much something I’m learning to do more and more.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?

Performing for me is the greatest thing I can do. There’s nothing better for me to share stories and songs with an audience. Interacting with an audience is so special and having the opportunity to make people smile, cry, sing along etc is no doubt the most amazing feeling and I feel so lucky to be able to share that with people.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

People sharing their stories of really hard times with my music helping them through those times is something I’ll always find memorable. People openly crying to a song of mine is also so incredibly humbling, it’s so nice for people to be so open with their emotions. Especially as for so long I’ve kept my emotions so close to me.

Although, one moment in particular really hit me hard.
I got a message from a person in the United States, that he put his mother to rest and he played my song “Mountains” to celebrate her life. Using a song to reflect on someone’s life really hit home.

What’s on your current playlist?

Leif Vollebekk, Caamp, Dope Lemon, Arum Rae, Paper Kites

Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?

I’ve just released my second EP, ‘Hello, Goodbye’ last week (Sep 20th) and I’m on my way to tour Australia and New Zealand! I’ll be recording more songs in December, with a bit more of a slow jam feel to the next songs. There even might be some acoustic and remixes coming soon!

Famous last words?

Be kind to yourself, please

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Chantitown releases her latest poetry infused song, ‘Strong In Broken Places’

Imagine a darkened bar room, the faint smell of smoke still lingering in the walls despite no one smoking in there for years. In front of you is a simply crafted stage, the only light in the room focusing on it. This is the way to listen to Chantitown’s latest single, ‘Strong In Broken Places’.

The track was released last Friday, with support received from Vents Magazine. You can read the article here. ‘Strong In Broken Places’ is taken from Chantitown’s upcoming EP Camouflage which will be released on the 11th of October. We previously featured Chantitown ahead of the release of her debut EP. You can read that feature here.

Camouflage EP Tracklist:
01.  Strong in Broken Places
02.  Alive
03.  Young and the Foolish
04.  Somebody Else

Chantitown has received support from a number of big publications. However, we feel her track, ‘River’ was overlooked by many aside from Fguk Magazine. “‘River’ sees Chantitown conjure up visions of rolling waters and hilled landscapes in my mind pool as this multi-genre inspired track fuses guitar with Chantitown’s impeccably light vocals.” – Fguk Mag made sure the listeners knew what to envision. You can read the full feature here.

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Tea Leaf release new music video from the song ‘Summer’

Beth Shalom Records are delighted to announce that they will release Motions, the new EP from TEA LEAF, on Friday 20th September 2019. To mark the news of the release, you can watch the video for lead single ‘Summer’ today, out now on all good platforms.

Ahead of a recently announced slot at The Fest 18 in Florida, USA on 3rd November appearing alongside Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!), Worriers and more, TEA LEAF will be touring throughout the UK this September/October alongside Toronto songwriter Merivale, as well as appearing on select shows with Natalie Evans and Jordaan Mason.

TEA LEAF is the latest solo project from Tom Lee, also known as the vocalist of Manchester trio Hora Douse. Unlike the emo-punk stylings of his band, Lee’s solo output removes the bombast and replaces it with a devastating tenderness, not far removed from the likes of Elliott Smith and Phoebe Bridgers.

Specializing in intimate and emotive acoustic/indie storytelling with clarity, depth, and nuance, Lee’s stark poetic imagery chronicles depression in a minor key, refracting the confessional lyricism of John K.Samson through a melancholic northern lens. A stalwart of the ‘DIY’ scene for years, Tea Leaf has shared stages with The Hotelier, Tim Kasher (Cursive, The Good Life), Tomberlin, Laura Stevenson, Listener, and many more, in addition to regularly touring with friends such as Fresh and ME REX.

It took until 2018 for Lee’s debut release proper to be made public, after a smattering of demos dating back to 2013. Disappear offered a raw collection of songs that intimately chronicled Tom’s depression, presenting a stark insight into their anxieties and isolation, while addressing topics such as panic episodes and self-harm. New EP Motions is a concise reflection, twin, and follow-up to Disappear, further detailing Lee’s often-difficult relationship with mental health, suicidal ideations, and grief, all with a sense of empathy and gentle self-awareness towards themselves, and others.

Unlike the previously bare-bones recordings of Lee’s previous work, the arrangements here are warmly expanded with piano, keyboard, and vocal support from Tom’s touring friends, as well as production from Rich Mandell (Happy Accidents). Perhaps most importantly for Lee, Motions also marks a non-linear shift in his own life, exploring fresh new themes of growth and self-help, albeit with hurdles along the way—for the first time in a long time, life has become motion; positive forward motion, rather than the crippling stasis of depression.

Motions is released 20th September 2019 via Beth Shalom Records

Motions tracklist:
1. Promise
2. Motions
3. Summer
4. Grief
5. 31/12

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Morgan Evans releases new music video ‘young Again’

Fast-rising global country star Morgan Evans is playing live tonight at a sold-out O2 Academy Islington before heading to Long Road festival this weekend. His eagerly awaited return to the UK included shows this week in Glasgow and Liverpool and comes as part of his extensive World Tour, celebrating his critically acclaimed debut US album Things That We Drink To, which he released last year via Warner Music / Warner Nashville.

Spanning eight countries and more than 25 dates through this autumn and winter, the World Tour will put Evans’ acclaimed live show in front of audiences across three continents, including his native country Australia. Known for his thrilling, one-of-a-kind performances, tickets for the shows are already going fast – boasting eight advance sellouts.

“This tour feels like something I’ve been working toward forever and, at the same time, the start of something”, said Evans. “I couldn’t be more stoked to sing these songs all over the world over the next few months! Some places we are visiting for the first time and some places will feel like coming home but, no matter what, we’re gonna make a whole bunch of great memories together!”

The Aussie star has been wowing massive crowds on the road all summer with Rascal Flatts’ as well as supporting the likes of Dan & Shay and Chris Young and has been enjoying chart-topping success with the gold-certified number 1 US hit ‘Kiss Somebody’ and the summer smash ‘Day Drunk’, which he recently released the new video for.

Now Morgan has shared the bluegrass-tinged acoustic video for the track ‘Young Again’, which sees him joined by friends in this upbeat live version with banjos, mandolins and added double bass. Watch here.

Country and pop fans everywhere are falling in love with his feel-good tunes and it won’t be long before the whole world calls Morgan Evans a Country music superstar.

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teepee release dream-pop infused song ‘No Reason’

Dream-pop duo teepee  (Miroslav Patočka ‘Mason’ and Tereza Lavičková) have released their new single ‘No Reason’ via SPRINGSTOFF.

The duo hails from Prague, and have seen substantial support in their home country as well as touring the  United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, Slovakia and Poland including Enea Spring Break, Waves Vienna, Nouvelle Prague, Rock For People, Sázavafest,  Colors of Ostrava and Reeperbahn Festival.
The track owes its air of tranquillity largely to the combination of both electric and acoustic guitars with Tereza’s ethereal vocals taking centre stage. Mason comes in with a subtle harmony, showcasing a dreamy, minimalistic element that makes this track one to play on repeat.

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Brand New Friend reveals new song ‘The Letter A’

Recorded a year after the release of debut album Seatbelts For Aeroplanes, the Northern Irish five-piece retain that awesome pop punch, enclosed in the heft of chiming guitar chords and lead lines, pummelled drums and dominant bass lines. Brother and sister Taylor and Lauren Johnson still infuse the chorus with gorgeous harmony. All the key elements are here but with the benefit of their touring chops and some production nudges, ‘The Letter A’ lets these qualities coagulate, everything sounding tighter, sharper and somehow more urgent while hinting at a sophisticated 50s-60s classic melodic tinge. Perhaps this is a sign of what’s to come as we roll into 2020…

Castlerock’s finest will embark on their September ‘Nothing Stays the Same’ tour in Ireland, where they have made waves with some incendiary live shows all across the island since their inception. With their skills refined from over a year of playing shows throughout the UK and Ireland, both headlining and with veterans or peers like Snow Patrol, Ash, Starcrawler, At The Drive-In, Pretty Vicious, RAT BOY, Feeder and Xtra Mile Recordings label mate Seán McGowan – plus a host of festival slots at Reading and Leeds, 2000trees and others – this will be a remarkable return to their home country.

‘Nothing Stays the Same’ tour dates:

18 Dublin @ Whelan’s (Upstairs)
19 Cork @ Winthrop Avenue
20 Derry @ Bennigans
21 Belfast @ Limelight 2

Their debut album Seatbelts for Aeroplanes, released through Xtra Mile, spawned several singles including ‘Girl’, ‘I Was An Astronaut’ and the title track, all of which garnered plays on the likes of Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart shows on Radio 1, John Kennedy on Radio X and 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq as well as sessions and interviews on the Across The Line show on BBC Ulster.

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Interview with singer/songwriter Caleb Linscombe

Paris-based singer/songwriter Caleb was born in Louisiana. He had a passion for playing the guitar from when he was very young. With growing up in a very musical environment, Caleb played the guitar, as well as learnt how to play the piano and the drums.

After working for years to save for his computer, Caleb began producing music for his friends and making beats for those elementary school rappers. After about nine years and thousands of songs later, he continued to write, record, mix and master all of his own music rather than let someone else diminish his carefully crafted pieces.

The talented indie musician is always wanting to create music, art and videos and he is constantly pushing boundaries as he tries to find what hasn’t been created yet.

Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

Hmm, I couldn’t tell you about music appreciation. I literally started playing the guitar at like 3 years old, so I like to think I appreciated listening to music straight out the womb. As for production, I remember using our ancient brick of a computer at the age of  6 or 7 and creating two albums. They were called ‘Patty Wac’ and ‘Patty Wac Mac’ and they were a combination of jazz and mariachi loops from GarageBand. They were indeed pretty wack and probably ear piercingly painful to listen to, but I just loved creating things.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

I keep thousands and thousands of song ideas in the music memos app, so I’m constantly looking through that for melodies to use. But my favourite way to start writing lyrics is actually by drawing. I’ll sketch out a bunch of scenes that I imagine in my head, and lots of them actually become cover art or video ideas later on. Then in between the sketches, I’ll write lyric ideas, lists of words that rhyme, or anything else like that. Then at the very end, I’ll put down the final lyrics and record it. Each song takes up a solid 10 pages, and it looks more like a scrapbook, to be honest.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

Throwing a blanket on the floor, sitting on it, opening a notebook, making a cup of Christmas tea, and just playing instruments for seventeen hours straight.

What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your artistic career?

I don’t know what incisive means but some real highlights have always been making music videos. I undoubtedly have a vision in my head of what I want my songs to look like, so being able to bring that to life always makes for a good time. Plus I’ve done a lot of them with my siblings and they’re cool I guess.

As a musician, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?

I do wish there was more of a communal aspect to music. I wish there was still cassette stores where you could go to to buy your favorite artists’ music. I wish record store coffee shops existed, where you could just go and listen to music and drink coffee and talk to people. I wish that community studios existed, where you could meet people in the area and just hang out and make music together. Lol, who knows, that might be a thing in other places. Paris doesn’t have the best music scene though.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?

Creating music 10000%. I’m not sure I was made for performing, which sounds weird when you’re a full-time musician. But there’s some idea out there that musicians have to tour to ‘make it’, so I kinda want to test that. Plus I write, produce, mix, and master all my songs, so I don’t really have the time to play live.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

One of my really good friends from school texted me just a few days before he passed away and said that he’d been listening to my music and it gave him peace. I hadn’t spoken to him in a while before that, so it was really special to hear at that moment, and now I’ll never forget it (:

What’s on your current playlist?

I listen to music seasonally. So summer’s been full of hip-hop-esque stuff like Chance The Rapper’s ‘Coloring Book’ and Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’. But now that it’s almost autumn, Bon Iver and Ben Howard are definitely coming out of hibernation. The only exception is I’ll sometimes listen to Christmas music in September, and I’m not ashamed about it at all.

Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?

Merch. I’m trying to figure out a way to make some really unique merch that’s not just throwing a logo on a T-shirt. I want it all to be an art in itself, and I want the clothes to be as good as the stuff you get from your favourite clothing store. And I’m always making songs and youtube videos, of course.

Famous last words?

Salutations yo

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Indie-Pop duo Bora York share catchy new song ‘Colorado’

Indie pop duo Bora York have shared their brand new single ‘Colorado’ with a premiere via Clash Magazine.

The Minneapolis, Minnesota-based husband and wife duo (Chris and Rebekah Bartels) have a few releases under their belt, and ‘Colorado’ is a precursor to their upcoming album Emotion Vertigo. The album has been four years in the making, with Chris traversing a full emotional spectrum during the writing of it.

‘Colorado’ is an ear worm of a tune – hooky melodies and catchy vocals. The track is centred around living in the moment, listening to this tune, Bora York certainly give us reason to enjoy the next few.

Chris gives some history of the track: “I spent a year in Denver when I was 20 and it still feels like a second home, even though it’s been a while since I lived there. I’m personifying Colorado in this song – it’s a metaphor for letting go of worry, living life to the fullest. “Now I’m breathing in slow motion” – this is about not letting meaningful moments pass you by without cherishing them, soaking them in.”

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The Spook School Share Farewell song ‘Keep In Touch’

After announcing in March that they’re to split after one last tour, trailblazing Scottish indie-pop band THE SPOOK SCHOOL have announced they will release final single ‘Keep in Touch’ to accompany their final farewell tourwhich begins this week – and the last few tickets (for the shows that haven’t sold out) are on sale now.

The band were nominated for Scottish Album of The Year in 2018 with their third album Could It Be Different? out now on Alcopop! Records—an internationally acclaimed release that was packed with hope and good will, passionately championing LGBTQ+ rights and inclusivity. It’s safe to say they will be missed!

On the single, drummer Niall McCamley says: “We have had the absolute time of our lives. Just because the band is coming to a close doesn’t mean we won’t be around. The songs get to live on and we will still reply to your messages and letters. What an adventure, and what a privilege to be able to celebrate thejourney with one final tour. Thank you for making a tiny band feel like giants. Keep in touch.”

his year will mark the end of the project known as The Spook School. Whilst it is incredibly sad, we really want to look back with joy on this journey. It’s easy to forget all the things we managed to achieve with close to zero knowledge of how the music industry works (we still don’t really understand a lot of it!).

We started as friends and we are ending the exact same way. We still love each other and in the future we will continue to work together on creative projects, but real life has a habit of getting in the way and eating up time and energy. We just can’t devote ourselves to the band the way we want to anymore and we would rather go out with a fanfare than let The Spook Schooldrift quietly away.

We have achieved so much more than we ever thought possible and we are so, so grateful for everything we got to experience. We have met so many people and seen so much of the world that would have remained hidden from us if it wasn’t for this band.

To mark our departure we plan to go out with an almighty bang. We will be embarking on a farewell tour of the UK in August and September culminating in our final show in Glasgow on September 7th. It would be lovely to see you, sing with you, and dance with you for a last time.

It has been 8 years, 3 albums, countless silly covers, hundreds of adventures, and one highly unofficial endorsement from Linda McCartney’s Vegetarian Sausages. We will never forget our time as The Spook School.

Finally, we want to say thank you to you. Thank you for your support, it truly has meant so much to us. We’re full of self-doubt and constantly questioning ourselves and to have such positive people coming to our shows and listening to our music is infectious. We have written about incredibly personal things and that sense of community and of having a support network has been so beautiful. If our music has made even the smallest positive contribution to anybody then we can be exceptionally proud.

The Spook School Farewell Tour Dates:

30.08.19 – Edinburgh – Henry’s Cellar Bar
1.08.19 – Newcastle – The Cumberland Arms
01.09.19 – Manchester – Gullivers
02.09.19 – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
03.09.19 – Bristol – Exchange
04.09.19 – Brighton – Green Door Store
05.09.19 – London – Moth Club
06.09.19 – Nottingham – Rough Trade
07.09.19 – Glasgow – The Art School

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