The Weekly Roundup 26.03.17

March has flown by, the seasons change, bands and people come and go. The only real constant in our lives is change and I guess many of us look to music to give us a soundtrack for the life we live today. I know I do, finding the right music makes work and play that more enjoyable – or bearable – depending on your frame of mind. Let’s get on with this week’s offerings, shall we?

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In Review: Parallels – Metropolis

Canada seems to do a nice line in synthpop these days, with well known and respected acts like Austra and Grimes flying the flag. Toronto’s Parallels should easily be joining that list on the strenth of Metropolis, their latest album.

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NEW MUSIC: Shmoo – Head to Toe

I have to say upfront that I was deeply afraid of Shmoos as a child, The New Shmoo even more so. They wanted to be eaten and would throw themselves in a frying pan!  As a result I was a bit wary when I was introduced to the concept of a Shmoo or two making music. I’m glad I overcame my wariness as  I’d have missed out on Shmoo who are now releasing their third single, following up  Ghost and Plastic Surgery with the infectious and sublime Head To Toe.

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NEW MUSIC: Savant – Surprise

We all have our musical favourites and when the release something new, we just have to bend the rules a bit and cover them because they are that great. Actually, ‘great’ doesn’t do Savant justice and it’s hard to put in to words how good his new track Surprise actually is. Check it out here.

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The Weekly Roundup 19.03.17

Sometimes when I listen to submissions it feels like I’ve wandered in to a musical word salad. Musicians are drawing influences from so many different genres, cultures and scenes that at times it can be hard for them to accurately describe on paper what becomes more obvious on listening. We live in a hyper-connected culture where the need to bond immediately, through words, pictures and sound has sidelined the actual content, for me at least. What really matters at the end of the day is how good the music is, how it makes you feel and where it takes you; and I’m pleased to say that the tracks in this week’s roundup have taken me to my happy place.

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Introducing: Seersha

New artist Seersha is a songwriter, vocalist and producer hailing from the USA. Listening to her chill electropop vibe, it’s hard to believe that just six months ago you would have found her in Nashville writing primarily country songs for anyone but herself. We’ve previously featured Seersha’s work before and now, Mark managed to catch up with this talented artist about her new track, current projects and future.

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NEW MUSIC: Nina June – When We Fall

Amsterdam based singer Nina June created a bit of a Spotify sensation last year when her track For Love hit almost two million streams on the platform. Now on to her fourth release with When We Fall she is sure to repeat that success. It’s the fourth track in her ongoing project BON VOYAGE,  a work reflecting on the paradigm of becoming more socially and emotionally isolated in an increasingly interconnected world.

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NEW MUSIC: Paths – Right Beside You / Last One Standing

We featured PATHS in our Weekly Roundup back in January and said then that we thought she had a bright future. She’s certainly fulfilling that promise with the double release of Right Beside You and Last One Standing. Though it is a digital release PATHS has earmarked the tracks as the A and B sides respectively, a conceit I thoroughly approve of!

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