Our favourite recent releases, including new songs from Clare Bowen, St. Martiins, Gorgeous Bully, Emma Zander, Cha:dy and Ziggy Alberts
LET IT RAIN
An actress/singer/songwriter with a genuine gift, Bowen’s soulful new single will only heighten excitement ahead of the release of her debut album. The richness of her voice and passion of her message will also bring comfort to all those still mourning the loss of the much-loved television show, Nashville.
UR SO PRETTY
Big Indie Records
A moody start to this song by Dundee duo St. Martiins belies the spacious vibe that makes this a sublime slice of indie-alt-pop. While its not built on hooks, you’ll still have the crackling riff ringing in your ears long after the track has finished.
Patience chugs along dutifully before breaking out into a refrain of “I’ll get mine,” and just like that the Manchester lo-fi rockers find a new purpose. Life-affirming without taking itself too seriously, Thomas Crang and the gang have hit their stride.
The latest single from New York raised and Los Angeles-based songwriter Emma Zander is a punchy and humming pop track that’s effortlessly catchy, without being sickly sweet.
LIKE A BOI
Confident, forthright and fresher than a newborn, this jazz-inflected pop number is the perfect introduction to Cha:dy and her undeniable talent. Hints of Amy Winehouse and Erykah Badu don’t overpower the originality of this French singer.
LAPS AROUND THE SUN
Youthful songwriter Ziggy Alberts’ sound has been described as ‘coastal folk’. It’s an apt description, with Laps Around The Sun demonstrating both the warmth and loneliness of the coast.
Words: Damien Girling, Duncan Haskell