Demur Decks 19.02.18 by Mia Seabrook

Not That Special – Lily Moore

Moore shows her raw talent with her debut track ‘Not That Special’, recreating the sound and soul of Amy Winehouse. You would not believe this incredibly talented young artist is just coming out of her teens. With a voice and lyrics like hers, everyone should be getting excited to watch Lily blossom into the soul superstar she is destined to be.

Group Therapy – Sleepovers

This track has every era of shoegazey pop tied up neatly into a single, 3-minute track. Highly distorted guitar and swirls throughout, alongside melodies that are reminiscent of Rex Orange County, makes this track a perfect amalgamation of the genre. Aptly named, ‘Group Therapy’, the song is about realising you need to lean on others to make it through sometimes.

Mama Said –Just like Fruit

The new video for ‘Mama Said’ is here, and it is undeniably a little strange, but in a good way. With a sort of Wez Anderson or Mighty Boosh style to the directing and acting of this video, the visuals just seem different. Shot in a western theme this is the perfect accompaniment to a fun and feel good tune.

Call Out My Name – Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics

What an honour to get to review this acclaimed collective. This new track boasts a relaxed, slacker-style Sothern soul sound that is both upbeat and uplifting. As ever it has beautiful vocals and a raw funk undercurrent that’ll make you groove along.

Seven Mirrors – Arms Akimbo

Showcasing lead singer Schrupp’s warm yet ever so slightly husky vocals, ‘Seven Mirrors’ is the new track from Arms Akimbo, teamed with brilliant guitar breakdowns and a highlighted baseline. This LA based 4 piece have elements of ‘The Hunna’ in their style, with dreamy harmonies but a distorted guitar lead.

Beautiful Life – Harry Pane

Pane is both honest and raw in his vocals and guitar playing. The London based singer/songwriter has been gaining momentum quickly and it is easy to see why when you hear ‘Beautiful Life’. He reminds me, slightly of ‘Hozier’ with the passion he expresses in his voice, singing about the people that supported him and the peace that he has made with the darker times in life.

Darker Shade of Green – Charles

Bass. Bass. Bass. – this is what you’ll hear through Charles’ vocals. While this could be disastrous to many artists Charles has paired his deep vocals with an upbeat R&B track enhanced with a swirling baseline. To top it all off, there is soulful harmonies layered throughout acting as the icing on the cake for ‘Darker Shade of Green’.

Aftershock – Hannah Jane Lewis

This is like guilty pleasure music you don’t need to feel guilty about. Synth pop will literally never fail in my opinion so I might be biased? The combination of her pop-power vocals on top of a guitar lead electro track is brilliant.

Blood and Bones – Trace

It can be hard for the music and lyrics to work harmoniously to carry the same message within a song, this is not one of those times. Singing about the allure that comes with love at first sight and all the romance of falling for someone while knowing that under your ‘Blood and Bones’ there are secrets you won’t tell; this track is perfectly representative of such a feeling.

Blud Rush – AM!R

AM!R is back having enjoyed an insane amount of success including getting to work with Sia. ‘Blud Rush’ ‘Celebrates the happily-single, the thrill-seeking siren, and the hopeless romantic’ as AM!R puts it; embodying all of this within a track is something many have tried to do and failed. However, ‘Blud Rush’ does it brilliantly with a backing track that’ll have you bopping away instantly.

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