On The Stereo #32

19 February, 2019 in Music

Spectator

Spectator: a husband and wife dream-pop duo from St Louis

Appreciating the audio of Spectator, Florida Georgia Line, Cassadee Pope, Jack And Tim, Yip Man Of Scotland and Simon Lunche


SPECTATOR
WAVES
Nordic Records

A husband and wife dream-pop duo from St Louis, Missouri; Spectator’s latest single is as haunting as it is memorable. There are hints of Robin Pecknold in Jeffrey Albert’s vocal delivery, whereas the music is a veiled and ethereal reflection of the Fleet Foxes’ pastoral folk. DH


CASSADEE POPE
IF MY HEART HAD A HEART
Awake Music LLC

US country sensation Cassadee Pope is back with the latest taste of her new LP Stages and this poignant ballad about heartbreak offers fans an insight into what to expect from the album. Cassadee’s vocals are strong and clear and she sings with pure emotion bringing the gorgeous track to life. LK


SIMON LUNCHE
CHERRY WINE
Self-release

A sumptuously crisp guitar line creates the mood on this rich ballad. Lunche clearly knows his way around his ’56 Stratocaster as he lays down the bed over which the rest of the song can flourish. Classic without sounding clichéd, fans of James Bay will find a kindred spirit here. DH


FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE FT JASON DERULO
WOMEN
Big Machine Label Group

Following on from the huge crossover success of their collaboration with Bebe Rexha, Florida Georgia Line have teamed up with pop/R&B powerhouse Jason Derulo for this anthemic country-tinged hit that pays ode to women around the world. This is a powerful track that allows the duo to get more artistic with their genre and lyrics meaning it becomes a great song rather than a great “pop” or “country” track. There’s no need for labels with this single. LK


YIP MAN OF SCOTLAND
AYE PECKIN’
Proper Digital

This new track by the alter-ego of Scottish songwriter Al Nero gallops along with the liberating joy of someone who has decided to live for the now. Sweetly melodic one moment, disorientingly distorted the next, it’s a musical metaphor which carries you away and reminds you to embrace the moment. DH


JACK AND TIM
THE LUCKY ONES
Twenty Twenty Artists

Father-son duo Jack And Tim rose to fame last year when they were chosen as Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer act on the TV talent contest Britain’s Got Talent. It was this track that blew the audience and judges away. This is a heartfelt ballad with Country-Pop crossover sounds and gorgeous storytelling lyrics. Their harmonies are insanely tight and together their voices blend beautifully. Overall this is a track that will delight music lovers across the globe. LK


Words: Laura Klonowski, Duncan Haskell

Listen to these songs and other On The Stereo selections on the Songwriting Magazine Spotify ‘Music Reviewed’ playlist.



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