Aurora

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Sometimes you find new music in the most random of places. This time I found it on an advert in the London underground a few weeks ago.  Usually I don’t always take notice of the adverts but this one stood out and if you look at the image above you will understand why. It was an advert for Aurora’s debut album, “All my demons greeting me as friends”  which also peaked my interest.

The image itself is haunting yet intriguing and it had lodged itself in my brain. However, it was only a few weeks later when I was thinking of something to listen to on Deezer that I thought to look her up…and I have never looked  back since.

You may not realise this but you most likely already know her voice. She sang the beautiful version of “Other side of the world” in last Christmas’ John Lewis advert and has also been featured on HBO’s hit TV show, Girls..

Autora has a beautiful yet haunting voice and  her songs send shivers down my spine at times. Many of the songs have a dark quality to them and II must admit this is one thing I do love about her.

One of my favourite songs of hers is called “running with the wolves” everything about it I love, from the melody to the stretched out notes.

Although she is in a class of her own and difficult to put in a category if I had to compare her to someone it would be Florence and The Machine, but Lungs era and before, not post Lungs. She has the strength, the tenacity and the attitude that I saw in Florence Welch when I watched her perform in Shepherds Bush before she became so famous. She is not afraid to go this is me, here I am, love me or hate me.

I will definitely be buying her album soon but in the meantime have a listen to “Running with the wolves”

 

 

Let me know what you think!

 

 

 

 

BBC Sound of 2016- the short list

Happy new year to all. It’s that time of year again. The shortlist and the winner has been announced for the BBC Sound of 2016.

This is one of those awards that the winner is pretty much guaranteed to have a good year. After all, BBC Sound of 2015 winner was Years and Years who have gone on to have a pretty successful 2015. I must admit I have even grown to like them, although my favourite for that year was and is still James Bay.

So, without further ado let’s start…

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BBC Sound of 2015

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A very late happy new year to you all. Firstly a MASSIVE apology that there has been such a delay since the last post, I have had a lot going on. But, more importantly I am back and 2015 is going to be much better for this blog.

As is tradition my first post of the new year is a review of BBC Sound of 2015 top 5. Last year’s winner, Sam Smith, as predicted has become quite the sensation and I am happy to see that my favourite, George Ezra has had his fair share of success in 2014.  If you want to see my review of last year’s BBC Sound click here.

So without further ado here is 2015’s top 5 of up and coming music, enjoy!

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BBC Sound of 2014 – Top 5!!!

I was inspired to do this blog post after reading my friend, Mr Brawny’s post on  his blog (Brawny: Life, thoughts and drunken ramblings) about  the nominees at the Brit awards. So I thought I would do one for BBC Sound of 2014 as this very much applies to my blog.

By the way his blog is very good so once you have read mine you should definitely go have a read.

It’s that time of year again, a short time ago BBC announced their Top 5 for BBC Sound of 2014, including their winner. This is quite an influential list because previous winners have often gone on to become pretty big. Previous champions include; Little Boots, Ellie Goulding and Jessie J. So, this is quite a good indicator of finding out who we are going to be hearing more of in 2014.

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Adam Geraghty

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I heard about this artist through an email I received. The first thing that struck me was that he is Irish. I have quite deep Irish roots through my father so I love hearing about new Irish singers and I love being able to promote them and this one certainly is no exception.

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Allie Moss

 

This is an artist I went to see at Southampton’s Joiners live and i was not disappointed. I first heard of her from a song you will recognise from a bt infinity advert last year. The song is called corner and is a brilliant acoustic song.

If you like your acoustic female singer songwriter then you will definitely love this one. Think the soft voice melodies of Colbie Caillat meets the raw emotion of James Morrison. All of her songs have an interesting story behind them and each one gives the listener an insight into Allie’s life.

One of my favourite tracks of hers is called Melancholy Astronautic man which has a beautiful yet catchy romantic melody. Check it out here:

 

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Allie Moss seems to have it all, she has a voice perfectly suited to acoustic songs, she writes and composes her own tunes and she can play many different instruments. There’s not much to dislike about the American singer and musician.

To top it off, before she took to the stage in Southampton I managed to interview this up and coming acoustic singer from Jersey. So, watch this space for the whole interview and to find out about how BT chased her down for the advert and much more.

 

In the mean time, have a look at her website for the latest on Allie Moss here.

Christina Novelli

Move over Craig David we have another artist that hails from our area and she seems set to take England by storm.

Southampton born, Christina Novelli has a very distinct voice and has a sound that definitely fits the present musical styles. If you think of the power and attitude of Hayley Williams from Paramore and Pink and you are on your way to getting an idea of what this singer/songwriter sounds like.

But, its not only her voice she has got going for her, she is also very good looking, which is partly from her French-Italian background from her father, Jean Christophe Novelli  (yes, I do mean the Jean Christophe Novelli, the famous cook) and her English mother.

At the age of 23 she has already played at many of the famous venues in London, where she is now based and has already had an EP released entitled; “The Lost without you EP” which was released last July on Itunes.

On top of all this she also has a very unique talent. She can play a right handed guitar upside down (she is left handed), dont believe us?   watch the video of Christina performing The Break up song on the guitar….

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You can hear more of her music on her youtube channel or to find out more  about Christina Novelli check out her myspace page here

One of Christina’s songs, Turn off the lights is currently being featured on The Park as part of our rising talent feature where a local artist/band is played every other hour. So, if you are in the area tune into 96.9fm or alternatively go to The Park website and click on the listen live.

Don’t forget, for your fill of new and undiscovered music tune into my show, Undiscovered with Liz Leake every Thursday from 8-10pm and Saturdays 6-8pm.

Sunrise Avenue

I don’t actually know why I have not written about this band before. I was introduced to Sunrise Avenue’s music by a good friend of mine from the Czech Republic.

Following in the footsteps of bands such as The Rasmus and Him, Sunrise Avenue also originate from Helsinki, Finland, and although have not reached the UK just yet have made a big impression in other European countries.

The first song I heard of theirs was their hit track “Fairytale gone bad” which is a great pop/rock song about a guy telling the story of an ended love and singing “tell them it’s me that made you sad, tell them the fairytale gone bad” (fact: this song was chosen as the official theme song for the 2006 Tour de France.)

They describe themselves as 70% rock and 80% pop and have taken the likes of Germany, Austria and Finland by storm with their debut album “On the way to Wonderland” which sold more than 400,000 copies. Now they are about to take on Europe once more on their acoustic tour, promoting their latest album, “Popgasm.” They have not got any UK dates but if you are around Finland, Germany, Austria or Czech watch out for the guys!

For more information on the band click here or check out their hit song, “fairytale gone bad” below:

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Also, check out one of their new songs of the latest albums, “Welcome to my life” which is an emotion filled ballad with a particularly moving video.

The Weepies

A friend of mine has recently directed me to this band and I have gotta say, they are amazing.  Think of the magic numbers duo, but then think of the duo, but better, you getting me? You will!

The reason that many of you won’t have heard of them is because they are one of the many American bands that just have not broken through to the British music industry. But, this is not to say that they have not had many acheievements and even a few gigs over here in the UK. The now husband and wife made it big over in America in 2006,after being signed to Nettwerk label. They not only got shortlisted for a music award by Snow patrol member, Gary Lightbody, but they were also asked by Mandy Moore to write and sing on her album. (well, she had to make her album at least a little bit good somehow) 2006 was also the year they performed at the Oxygen festival in Ireland and T in the Park in Scotland. After their big year with much to be celebrated they took some time off and in this break they got married and had a little baby boy.

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Lucy Schwartz

A relatively new talent to the scene, but you may have already heard some of her songs without realising it. If you have seen the film, “The Women” you may well have heard two of her, “Beautiful” and “Count on me” which she wrote and sung for the blockbuster.Her songs have also been featured on the likes of; Private Practise, Reaper, South beach and most recently, Grey’s Anatomy.

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