Jodie H. Dunn: ‘I Belong In Hell’

Young singer-songwriter Jodie H. Dunn has transformed her emotional ballad ‘I Belong In Hell’ into a professionally produced piece of music with the help of Andy Whitmore at Greystoke studios. Jodie had previously been signed to an unknown label who gave her nothing but trouble and this disheartened her passion for songwriting.

Unfortunately, Jodie was also subject to bullying whilst she was at school but on the bright side, this is arguably what spurred her to return to music and songwriting. Consequently, Jodie writes with a maturity and level of emotion that you simply wouldn’t expect from a musician of her age.

After studying at the Academy of Music and Sound, music became Jodie’s diary whereby she expressed her emotions via her lyrics. Her songs have progressively got more meaningful, leading to ‘I Belong In Hell’ based on the idea of someone controlling you at your lowest point.

‘I Belong In Hell’ was written and performed by Jodie H Dunn and produced by Andy Whitmore, who has worked with major names such as Elton John, Peter Andre and Danni Minogue.

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/jodiehelendunn

https://www.facebook.com/jodiehelendunn/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2-EwF7vdFUEFRwGgzk1b5g

https://www.instagram.com/jodiehdunn/?hl=en

Mark L. Oakes’ ‘Karmic Road Trip’

What’s a ‘karmic road trip’, you might ask? Well, Mark L. Oakes latest album, Call Me The Moon is one. It’s a collection of beautifully written and recorded folk songs that would provide the ideal soundtrack for a road journey across America, or something like that.

Despite the American-folk feel of Mark’s music, he is actually from Belgium, where he recorded the album in his studio in the Ardennes. Whilst Mark adopts this classic style, much akin to the style of Neil Young or perhaps James Taylor, he has managed to put his own stamp on the genre through his careful and considered use of instrumentation, as well his unique vocals.

While singles ‘Shredded Jeans’ and ‘Friend From Above (Sleepless Spouse)’ are tinged with soft melancholy, tunes like ‘Aloof Again’ and ‘None Of These Roads’ will lead you straight to a risky, bitter ground.

Travelling between Europe and the United States with a bag full of projects, Mark sees ‘Call Me The Moon’ as the silver thread out of the vague existential maze.

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/mark-l-oakes

https://www.facebook.com/oakesmusic

https://twitter.com/markloakesmusic

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8pq-OE8Cknqw4FwMdfhMLA

http://www.oakesmusic.com

 

The Senti-Mentals release new Christmas track ‘You Show Me Yours At Xmas’!

Paul Eccentric and John Dobinson have come together to form The Senti-Mentals – a ‘punk poet meets 50s doo-wop’ duo. Their new release is a seasonal tune in the tradition of Slade, Mud, Shaky and Wizzard. Escaping the classic Christmas cliché,  ‘You Show Me Yours At Xmas’  focuses on the more humorous elements of the Christmas party season…

The single is accompanied by a brilliant animated video mocking the anti-hero in his attempt to pull anything with a pulse. Eccentric and Dobinson explain that the single follows “that one guy from accounts who assumes that every lady in the office wants to go home with him but he couldn’t be further from the truth.” The humorous track mixed by Pete Hammond was originally about the ridiculousness of the ‘chatting up’ process but soon became the perfect Christmas party classic.

Links:

http://www.senti-mentals.co.uk

http://pauleccentric.co.uk/the-senti-mentals/

https://twitter.com/theantipoet

https://www.facebook.com/AntipoetThe

Father John Misty releases single ‘Holy Hell’ as a reaction to the American election

After Trump was elected, American singer-songwriter Father John Misty released a number of political statements portraying his frustration and disagreement. However this is the first we have heard from the former Fleet Foxes member since his single release ‘Real Love Baby’ in July.

The politically charged ‘Holy Hell’ explores the singer’s emotions and thoughts on the American election but being piano led gives the track a mellow feel. The mysterious singer disappeared of the face of the earth earlier this year when all forms of his social media were activated. There’s no confirmation whether Misty deleted the accounts himself but now he is back more than ever, posting political content constantly.

Read his latest political ranter here:

There’s no information as to whether Father John Misty will be releasing more music but the occasional surprise tracks are just as good, feeding the fans’ addiction.

Listen to ‘Holy Hell’ here:

Adam Lanceley’s inspirational story and how it has inspired his music

Adam Lanceley is about as inspirational as they come in terms of musicians. At the tender age of just 10 Adam was involved in a serious car crash that left him with life-threatening injuries. According to the doctors, it was unlikely he would ever walk again but Adam immediately sought to prove them wrong, re-learning several life skills in the process.

Since then, Adam discovered that music was his true calling in life and has now released five albums, the latest of which, Postcards from Then…, features the new single ‘Those Rose Tinted Days’.

14th-18th November also marks UK anti-bullying week and Adam was kind enough to speak a little about his experiences and his new single.

‘Hi, I’m Adam Lanceley & I’m a singer-songwriter. My latest single ‘Those Rose Tinted Days’ which is from my fifth album, Postcards From Then…, can be interpreted as talking about my teenage and student years as though it was really easy and straightforward back then. In actual fact, due to a severe head injury sustained in a serious car crash when I was 10, it was anything but a smooth ride. To be honest, I was lucky that I didn’t get bullied more than I did; I spoke very slowly,  I was vulnerable & I couldn’t walk properly for a very long time. Even now, years later, I have a very pronounced limp. But the times I did get bullied really hurt. I found the non-physical stuff more damaging & difficult to take than what you’d normally think of as bullying, which is not to say that the times people let me know they didn’t like the way I walked by giving me a kicking wasn’t incredibly painful! Still, being called ‘spastic’ or ‘a cripple’ was much harder for me to swallow; the whole ‘sticks and stones’ argument didn’t really hold up. Getting taken advantage of is another form of bullying I could have done without.

Fortunately, I got through it and I’m grateful that I had good friends to make it easier too. I’m also lucky that I had interests that kept me striving to get somewhere, but at the same time, I know how much easier my life could’ve been without bullying in the first place. Also, was it really worth it? I once heard someone say there are no winners when it comes to bullying: the one doing it will someday feel remorse and the one being bullied carries the scars.’ 

‘Those Rose Tinted Days’ is a powerful, reminiscent anthem driven by sun-drenched guitar riffs and backed up with Adam’s punchy vocal stylings that reflect his honest and considered song writing process. When it comes to lyrical inspiration, Adam’s mantra ‘as long as it means something to you’ makes itself evident through contemplative topics and cryptic poetics.

Find out more on Adam’s music and his story here:

https://play.spotify.com/artist/0UFbDrAYa0cnAp41cQnyNb

https://twitter.com/AdamLanceley  

https://soundcloud.com/adam-129087330  

http://www.brainandspine.org.uk/adams-story

Nancy Black set to release ‘Dirty Little Bass’ EP bursting with pop anthems

The English rose meets pop princess Nancy Black returns with ‘Dirty Little Bass’ EP bursting with pop anthems dominated with killer dance beats. The singer-songwriter who has worked alongside Lonzo Starr and gained support from Major Lazor, began writing music from the age of 13 and soon formed an all-girl rock group. However Black grew the confidence to go solo and developed her own commercial sound with elements of pop, dance and hip hop.

‘Dirty Little Bass’ was written at a hard time in Black’s life. Having broken up with a girl she fell head over heals in love with, Black was left heartbroken and found escapism in music. The EP is controlled by the emotive lyrics, dance beats and Black’s strong vocals.

Watch the music video for ‘Dirty Little Bass’ here:

Track Review: Ashley’s Iona’s ‘Thunder Come’

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Aussie singer-songwriter, Ashley Iona, has a meaningful purpose to her music: to inspire and make people feel grounded in their own skin. This notion becomes clear when you listen to the honest, humbling lyrics on ‘Thunder Come’.

The classically trained singer has a wealth of experience in song writing, but ‘Thunder Come’ goes back to basics as an evocatively ambient track that employs all the best features of simplistic composition for a pure and natural feel.

Iona’s writing of the song coincided with three days of rare thunderstorms in LA that provided the inspiration for ‘Thunder Come’. From listening to the song, you can see just how much something as trivial as a thunder storm can influence the creation of a piece of art.

The rising tension of the verse builds up to the stunning crescendo of the chorus where the wild drum beat comes in, reflecting the downpour on both a physical and metaphorical level: ‘Pour down, let me taste the rain, every drop take every care away’.

The track evokes feelings of wanting to start over, begin again and wash over what has come before. Also, the contrast of the stripped-back, calming first verse with the racing, chaotic chorus is not dissimilar from a number of Florence and the Machine tracks, Florence being someone Ashley states as one of her primary influences.

This is all without mentioning Ashley’s vocals, that echo gloriously over the rest of the track and prove that she is remastering a sound that has seemingly been forgotten about in the last few years of popular music.

And if this is not enough for you to go explore some more of Ashley’s music, she has been working in the same LA studio as the likes of Sia and Christina Perri, and her music has earned her an invitation only spot at BMI headquarters for their songwriter’s round.

For more on Ashley Iona, check out her sites:

www.ionasongs.com

www.soundcloud.com/ionasongs

www.facebook.com/ionasongs

www.instagram.com/ionasongs

www.twitter.com/ionasongs