On The Stereo #12
The best new songs to grace our players from the likes of Ward Thomas, Lennon Stella, Marie Dahlstrøm and Marsicans
I BELIEVE IN YOU
UK Country superstars Ward Thomas segue into folk territory with their brand new release I Believe In You. Lyrically this is up there with the likes of Taylor Swift and Shania Twain, and really showcases the duo’s ability to craft a hit song.
Released originally to fight the cause of equality, as Ireland headed to the polls for its 2015 Marriage Equality Referendum, the gorgeous melodies on Glass couldn’t be further from conflict. Not only will dream-pop fans adore this, they’ll also back its message of standing up for what’s right and fair.
POP-UPS (SUNNY AT THE WEEKEND)
Built around a guitar riff created by the band’s drummer, this infectious number combines memorable melodies and witty lyrics in a way reminiscent of Weezer at their best. If you like your indie to be equal parts power and pop, this is the track for you.
LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE
Lennon Stella’s debut Like Everybody Else sees her pour her heart and soul into the poignant, moving lyrics and really showcase her talents as an all round musician, while the piano composition allows her vocals to shine. Stella could be one of the best singers of our generation.
It might seem oxymoronic, but the newest release from songwriter Marie Dahlstrøm is best described as a restrained throb – subtly pulsing without boiling over, this sophisticated Nordic jazz/R&B track is the perfect introduction to Denmark’s newest star.
PRIMADONNA LIKE ME
Opening with a riff ripped straight from Elton John’s classic track, Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting), The Struts’ new single isn’t original but it’s a lot of fun. It rocks, it rolls, and wriggles. I dare you not leap on top of your nearest bar and down 15 shots as the chorus kicks in.
Words: Laura Klonowski, Duncan Haskell, Damien Girling