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April 11, 2024 Burr Island unveil a haunting new single, ‘Later’

Burr Island unveil a haunting new single, ‘Later’

London-based folk duo Burr Island released their latest single, ‘Later’, on March 29th, 2024 via Left Foot Records, following their fifth single ‘Our Home’. Comprising best friends Tom England & Oskar Porter, the duo has garnered praise from industry heavyweights like Robert Plant and Noel Gallagher. Their first four releases amassed 250,000 streams across platforms, with their debut album slated for 2024. Recorded at Kundalini Studios in Devon with Steve Cradock, their singles gained traction on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing, and Radio X. They’ve toured as support for acts like Ocean Colour Scene, playing iconic venues such as Hammersmith Eventim Apollo & Barrowlands Ballroom and a sold-out show at Union Chapel supporting Paul Weller, along with two sell-out London headline gigs. Drawing inspiration from artists like Lennon/McCartney, Paul Simon, Crosby Stills & Nash, Nick Drake, The Beach Boys, and Cat Stevens, Burr Island has been likened to indie folk contemporaries like Fleet Foxes, Flyte, and Kings of Convenience.

‘Later’ is a tender composition overflowing with vivid imagery. Sung in ethereal harmony by the duo, its lyrics delicately delve into the poignant clarity that life’s end brings, contemplating the essence of our existence in this fleeting time. The gentle strumming of the guitar gracefully meanders through the song like a tranquil brook, while Jess Cox‘s strings—sweet, intricate, and emotive—immerse the tender track in profound emotion.

Burr Island shared: “‘Later, you will understand how truly good these times have been’ is faintly scrawled at the bottom corner of a large abstract piece of art hanging up in the building that Oskar used to live in. So faint, you could easily miss it. We’re glad Oskar didn’t, as those words unravelled into the song you hear today. ’Later’ is about being in the last moments of one’s life, when ‘twilight is paper thin’, and to look back at a life unlived.”

Oskar elaborated: “Around the same time I stumbled upon the hidden lyrics in the artwork, a friend of mine told me a personal story which I was incredibly struck by and that inspired us to write the rest of the song. When he was just eleven, his father had come home early from work, complaining of having chest pains. Hours later he had tragically died of a heart attack. What did he do in the last moments of his life? He started to confess. He confessed he had acted harshly and been cruel to people. I’ve often heard when one is at the end of their life, they can experience moments of true clarity, as if they are truly seeing for the first time. Hopefully this little song can be a reminder to us all to not wait until the moment of death to realise ‘how truly good these times have been’.”

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March 18, 2024 Pink Sky unveil a scintillating single, ‘Incinerating’ featuring irreplica

Pink Sky unveil a scintillating single, ‘Incinerating’ featuring irreplica

LA-based husband-wife duo Pink Sky have teamed up with multi-instrumentalist irreplica on the lead single, ‘Incinerating’, from their forthcoming album Everything You Feel Is Real. For their live shows, Ryan and Angelica Hay are joined by a drummer and have enchanted audiences at major festivals such as SXSW, Midwest House, and Treefort Music Fest. The pair’s music spans a vast range of electronic music genres, from ambient to electronica to synth-based post-punk. Their intimate and emotive live shows persist as a defining feature of their artistry, showcasing their audio-visual project with performances in various settings and venues. Their previous albums, most notably Disenchantment and Total Devotion, have received critical acclaim, with features in Under The Radar Mag, Get Some Magazine, ADSR, Detroit News, and WDET Detroit NPR. Additionally, Pink Sky‘s remixes for artists like Taleen Kali, The French Tips, Virga, and Freddy Tyler Paul have further demonstrated their versatility and innovation in the electronic music scene.

‘Incinerating’ is a moody masterpiece driven by ricocheting industrial percussion, pulsing synths, and gritty bass, with ethereal, clear vocals floating through and tempering the distorted fray. The track narrates a journey of transformation and growth, drawing inspiration from 90s grunge, emotional upheaval, contemporary art, and dream revelations.

Pink Sky shared: “‘Incinerating’ is the story of someone who is falling out of balance and into a fiery state of agitation and chaos, an unseemly untended state, but rather than experience shame or frustration, the character instead is unaffected, without a care, that the secret garden she’d kept guarded inside for so long has overgrown and is now on display. What would have been previously horribly embarrassing and revealing is now treated as inevitable.”

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February 12, 2024 Plain Mister Smith unveils another playful tune, ‘Grade Five and the Axe’ featuring Findlay Brown

Plain Mister Smith unveils another playful tune, ‘Grade Five and the Axe’ featuring Findlay Brown

The enigmatic Plain Mister Smith continues to mesmerize his audience with his latest single, ‘Grade Five and the Axe’ (feat. Findlay Brown), which was released on February 9th through Popoganda Records. Maintaining a distinctive presence in the indie-folk scene, Plain Mister Smith showcases clever songwriting while embracing the introspective and emotional themes inherent in the genre. Formerly a guitarist for the Canadian darkwave band Moev, this versatile artist now plays cello for the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra. As Plain Mister Smith, his music has garnered significant support from publications such as CLASH Mag, NOTION Mag, Under The Radar Mag, EARMILK, NOCTIS Mag, METAL Mag and Atwood Mag, among others.

‘Grade Five and the Axe’ is an eclectic indie folk track that evokes memories of the clumsy mischief of one’s youth. Acoustic guitar interspersed with expressive cello notes and other atmospheric strings with simple folk-rock drums create a strong sense of a story being told – or reminisced. Plain Mister Smith’s and Findlay Brown’s lilting vocals further enhance the nursery-rhyme nature of the song’s story; a playful ode to preteen shenanigans.

Plain Mister Smith divulged: “Kids get up to crazy things.  A blurry memory of getting drunk in the woods in Grade Five while a friend swung an axe around, and maybe at some point believing the axe has splintered me in two…”

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November 30, 2023 Listen to The Irrepressibles’ breathtaking new ballad, ‘Will I Ever Find a Home?’

Listen to The Irrepressibles’ breathtaking new ballad, ‘Will I Ever Find a Home?’

On November 23rd, 2023, Jamie Irrepressible and his seven-piece band The Irrepressibles released yet another haunting single, ‘Will I Ever Find a Home?’, via Of Naked Design. The Manchester-based vocalist and composer, Jamie, started The Irrepressibles back in 2002. They have since built a discography of three critically-acclaimed albums. Collectively amassing over three billion streams, he has also collaborated with industry icons like Røyksopp, Rex The Dog, and Ionalee. More recently, The Irrepressibles performed the Self Love & Acceptance EP to sold-out shows in churches and concert halls across the UK, such as St Mark’s in Edinburgh, London’s St Luke’s, and Oxford’s St Barnabas’. 

Following the release of his latest EP, Self Love & Acceptance, ‘Will I Ever Find a Home?’ is a delicate piano ballad, exploring themes of loneliness and yearning for somebody to love. Jamie’s voice is tender but brimming with powerful emotion, carried gently by the reverb-soaked, minimal instrumental arrangement. Strings swell as Jamie’s voice tentatively but bravely sings of hope for one day finding a home in someone.

Jamie Irrepressible revealed: “’Will I Ever Find A Home?’ expresses the longing to find that someone as a gay man or queer person in these times of fleeting affairs and commercialism where the sense of home with someone to love becomes all too elusive.”

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