Rather like both The Waterboys and Dexy’s Midnight Runners, both of whom Fergus McKay and Nothing Concrete most closely resemble (as the crow flies, ba-dum-tish!), the minute you start to describe them and folk; soul; blues, the quicker you begin to question your haste in defining them. Fergus and his group of disparate followers are folk and blues in the sense they play ‘real’ instruments and sing whilst telling stories but also cabaret in presentation and country in parts…not to mention the dreaded “world” phrase. I could go on.
Though the novelty of tap-dancing female horn players will only paper over cracks in the songwriting for so long but Nothing Concrete do have a unique code for life which sets them aside from many other bands. Having rejected the capitalist roar of the metropolis, they (men, women and children) have relocated from their respective countries across Europe to gather in the foothills of the Pyrenees, surviving (how!?) without television and internet and enjoying a particularly continental Good Life of self-sufficiency. The songs are themselves orphans of sorts, gathered from folk tales and conversations as they travel to their rip-roaring live shows. Old Black Crow is your a-typical blues-folk romp with equal measure of humour and disaster, all viewed from the feathered bystander’s view.
Without question one of the most bizarre things you’ll hear this year, “Hey Ooo I A O” is the brainchild, if that’s the right word, of Patrice Pouzet aka Pat and the Pro’s (his apostrophe, not ours!), resident of one of the most stunning places in the world, Reunion Island. Whilst the white beaches of the Indian Ocean isle might more readily be associated with the indigenous Séga or Maloya styles of music, no-one appears to have told Pat, whose louche bass vocals are the basis for that now rare beast, the novelty song.
A little bit like the sound of The Doors going on holiday to Ibiza, it’s utterly preposterous stuff but not without its entertaining qualities, the main chorus needed corrective surgery to have it removed from your head. Bizarre.
The rising music of today has managed to capture a raw and rootsy feeling that comes hand in hand with the DIY approach that most artists take now.
Jonny Dee has been playing around his local scene for a few years now, and with talent for songwriting, and standing out in today’s market. Jonny Dee’s adolescence like attitude, mix with his laid back vocal style combine to bring the youthful edginess to music.
The release of his brand new album ‘The Human Experience’, which features tracks such as ‘Feedback’ and ‘A ways away’, has been gaining buzz for a while now, and with its release fully underway and complete, there is no excuse for you not to listen to it!
This is quite an exciting in up and coming music, as well as young singers and stars in the making, however, it takes an established musician to give the younger generations a shot.
Ex Massive Attack guitarist and co have been on the grind to create something powerful and impressive to follow up from their 2017 EP ‘Ocean Blues’, ultimately coming to the completion of their brand new single ‘Somewhere Somebody’.
This track highlights the effects that bullying can have on those who are victim to its mean and horrible acts. To help convey the message, Tryzdin Grubbs, a young singer in the USA, who became an internet sensation after singing an Adele song to his friends and family.
With a powerful ensemble, the stance against bullying is only getting stronger, and we thank you Saint Mars!
Activist and Artist ‘Hunter’ dabbles in pretty much everything creative, whether it be fashion, music or art, Hunter has no barriers when it comes to creation.
New song ‘So Gay’ is a protest to all those who discriminate, or negatively look at people who are different in any aspect. As well as that, the lyrics show the basic and forefront mentality that ‘i am who i am, take it or leave it’, which i feel has a great effect on audiences around the world.
The track itself has influence from blues, to Pop and dance, giving a well rounded and stylistically intriguing take on music that focus on this subject matter.
Its bold and unapologetic about its roots, making hunter a great performer, writer and creator.
Be sure to check him out:
“For us, this is more than just a music video. Like the song itself, we wanted to reach out to as many people as possible, people who have been less fortunate in life, giving them a platform to tell their stories. On researching the ideas for the video, we came across so many charities, and while they are all doing such great work, we were immediately inspired by A Sense of Home and wanted to show support and build awareness. This organisation offered a real solution that could be rolled out across the world, particularly in Ireland where this problem is so prevalent. So please help us share it wide and share it proud with Arms Open.”
Mark, Danny + Glen
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Olisha Naiker has debuted her new single ‘Strangers’ and wants the whole world to listen to it.
Olisha debuts her new single after creating original classic pop songs for a generation.
Passionate about her music, Olisha has been influenced from artists such as Michael Jackson and Jay Sean.
‘Strangers’ has a cool and atmospheric video to accompany it, Olisha wants the video to be a big influence on her audience as it teaches a lesson on how to let someone go who is now a stranger.
You can listen to ‘Strangers’ below:
‘Strangers’ has definitely made Olisha’s comeback with a BANG.
Make sure you listen and watch the video.
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