Raised in NoHo, David Mariam moved to England during his high school years. His passion for music developed after purchasing a Jason Mraz cd at the age of eleven. His music range includes everything from Folk to Drum & Bass. Some of his favourite artists include King Blues, Incubus, Funeral for a Friend, Tyler the Creator and Shwayze.
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The Civil Wars self titled LP is the third studio release from the band, and it isn’t the happiest album of the year.
Brighton based musician, Mike Rosenberg, better known by his stage name, Passenger, seems to have come out of nowhere with his album ‘All The Little Lights’ and its lead single ‘Let Her Go’. In fact, this album was released all the way back in February and Rosenberg has actually released three albums prior to this one and was originally in five-piece band under the same name.
Sam Bradley releases his latest EP ‘Not Your Kind’ and contrary to what it’s titled this EP will no doubt appeal to the masses given the chance. The London based singer/songwriter claims his influences from a mixture of Americana, folk, blues and rock. He isn’t lying either, you can hear these genres spread across his music and mixed together in a seamless way.
One notable thing he has managed to pull off rather fine is the overall style of his EP. Just like the likes of other British musicians such as Bobby Long, he has entered a genre of music that is not native to his country and made it sound like he is living in the era. Only further bridging the gap between British and American cultural differences and displaying the talent that England has to offer in terms of country and folk singers.
Even though there are only four songs on this release, he manages to fill his time perfectly. There is a good range within the tracks and at no point does it feel forced or boring. There is no single strongest point of it. A mixture of his flawless voice and touching and at times thought provoking lyrics; which include subjects of family, religion and relationship blend together nicely to produce true music.
It is hard to pick out the strongest track between the five, lyrically ‘Science Prevents Me’ with cleverly written religious themes that turn into an ordinary relationship. For the tone however, the strongest track would have to be the opening one ‘Not Your Kind’ it contains a real authentic sound, one that would be hard to rival with most of todays current music.
Ultimately this EP is a game changer. It’s smart and touching. Bradley is known for having a loyal fan base and this EP will only further that theory. Sam Bradley is fast becoming one of Britain’s hidden folk gems.
London based band Bastille are the UK’s next big thing. Their debut album charted in the UK at number 1. Their CD ‘Bad Blood; is a bit of a confusing one. It has a great sound, great vocals and great lyrics, but I get the feeling that they are trying too hard and at times do not come across as authentic.
Good vocals go with just about any genre and can also save many ill composed songs. Luckily James Blake has not only good vocals, but also good instrumentals to go with it. The London born singer-songwriter and producer has recently released his sophomore album ‘Overgrown’ and just like his debut self-titled release ‘James Blake’ he has taken his talents and shared them with the world.
Daughter, originally just the solo work of Elena Tonra, have spent the past few years making a name for themselves, so their debut album was highly anticipated and it is safe to say that they truly lived up to their expectations. ‘If You Leave’ is a wonderful collection of songs from the three piece band.
The British folk scene is one that is truly thriving at the moment. Each week it seems that we are introduced to a new fresh-faced artist or act that claim they are going to take the genre further.
Funeral For A Friend has finally released their eagerly anticipated album ‘Conduit’ and things are sounding interesting. This band is without a doubt a huge influence on the current British post-hardcore scene. Their debut CD ‘Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation’, was of such high quality it has been said by many that the band have never really matched up to the standard they so highly set themselves. As the albums went on we heard the band start to stray from their roots that started it all, not to say they were any less appealing, they just didn’t seem to have that nostalgia that they possessed in their first record.
Manchester alternative rock newcomers Shooting Pigeons have just release their debut EP ‘City of Peace’. Consisting of a mere four tracks, the band really had to focus in on their talents to get people to listen to them; and that is exactly what they did.