A selection of the past two weeks’ favourite tracks from Hannah Grace, John Prine, Elles Bailey, Hazel English and more
YOURS TRULY YOURS TRULY
Composure by Yours Truly Yours Truly is the injection of pop-punk we needed. All the elements are there – crunching guitars, an authoritative rhythm section and passionate vocals from Mikaila Delgado.
On Wasted Love, the soulful elegance of Hannah Grace’s vocal is beautifully complimented by subtle keys and background atmospherics. It’s a poignant combination which guarantees her place on the stereo.
Anne Müller’s haunting cello and Stolze’s ominous piano lend a chamber feel to a song which is a true collaborative affair (label mate Ben Osborn provides the lyrics).
Head In The Clouds
Interweaving destructive bouts of insomnia with a romantic arc, this stripped-back acoustic number by Glasgow’s own Gerry Cinnamon only highlights his ability to tell compelling stories through song.
I Spoke To God
A song born out of heartbreak and a rainy stay at her family home in Ireland, Rosie Carney’s I Spoke To God is a meditative piano ballad which we’ve left spinning on the stereo.
The controlled chaos of Pure Luxury by Nzca Lines had us dancing about this morning. Technicolour synthpop with lyrics about ‘complicated marinades’, that’ll do nicely.
Hello In There
It can only be Hello In There by the peerless John Prine on the stereo this week. What a life, what a songwriter, what a devastating loss.
Five & Dime
The latest single taken from Hazel English‘s debut album is another slice of well-crafted indie pop. It manages to evoke a sense of hazy nostalgia which compliments her elegant vocal style.
Woman Like Me
There’s no better way to start the week than with some new Elles Bailey. Woman Like Me is a suitably bluesy affair, pairing Bailey’s burnished vocals with some fine slide guitar and organ work.
Listen to these songs and other On The Stereo selections via the Songwriting Magazine Spotify #ONTHESTEREO playlist.