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This month gives us an exceptional selection of new music to finish of 2017 whilst teasing us for what is to come in 2018. So, whether you’re after something to match the mood for the winter months, or something to let your hair down to as you brave the cold for a night out, our lovely Liverpool artists have delivered.
Last month was the month for Astles – that is for certain. Not only were we treated to the new, mature single that is Death Is Love, but also his much-anticipated EP, Full Of Wonder, was released alongside a launch event in association with local music champions, Mellowtone. Death Is Love furthers the heart retching sound that we are used to being engulfed by when Astles puts his fingers to the fret board and his vocals to work. This release got us excited for the EP and we were not let down. The EP is everything you need for these wintry months, melancholic and wistful.
Yarbo’s new track, The End Is Coming, is out now and boy, have we been looking forward to this one. Their previous releases this year have given us a feat of Indie-Rock on which to gorge ourselves, and the first spin of the new track on Dave Monks’ BBC Introducing show gave us a taster of that very same feast, once again. These boys are on a steady incline and are speeding up, meaning that we think they should take a look at their song names because, and excuse the pun, the end is most definitely not coming for these guys.
Life has been non-stop for PYF this year. If they aren’t touring they are releasing new music; they’re just unstoppable. Each release sees the band mature with the latest, London, out on 1st December. Now, we know that this isn’t new music for this month, and we may be cheating, however we wanted to give you a heads up before this one drops, just so that it is on your radar for when the time comes. Also, in celebration of the release, the 5-piece are headlining The Buyers Club, with tickets available now and you can get them here. The countdown begins now.
Emilio has been quietly grafting away in the local scene, running the open mic night at The Magnet and working for Threshold Festival. Whilst doing so, he has been working on new material, accumulating his latest EP, During Voided Hours. This release marks a new branch off Pinchi’s sound, including the band to bring more energy to his heart-breakingly honest tales of, well…heart break. It’s rare that one finds a storyteller like Emilio, so we want to cherish his talents so that he can keep telling his modern day tales to bigger and bigger audiences.
Mellowtone have a big hand in the local scene and it shows on this list. The Liverpool label has had a hand in the Astles release and now this one. Nick Ellis makes his trade by playing live across the country, a trade that he brought to Liverpool with his EP release on the 18th November. The EP is called Adult Fiction and features the track Clock Watching that was played by BBC Introducing’s very own Dave Monks immediately after release as well as being accompanied by a beautifully shot music video. The track oozes class and experience, a sound that you can event own on vinyl now!
You may recognise Ed Black as he the guy always stood behind one of the cities most proud exports, Ady Suleiman. However, now he comes to the forefront with his latest solo release, Forgiveness. The sound is somewhat melancholic as it evokes classic Folk story telling techniques with an acoustic guitar prowess that shines through. The track has been played multiple times already by Dave Monks on the BBC Introducing show and we think is here to stay for quite some time. This is definitely one for the vinyl player, a log fire and cup of earl grey as you sit down for a wintry evening in with some friends and family. More from Ed on his SoundCloud page here.
Satin Beige is another musician, much like the previously mentioned Ed Black, that you may recognise backing up another local artist. This time it’s on the cello as Beige plays for Tom Speight very frequently. She, again like Black, comes to the forefront with her latest release. Now, this is a really impressive single as she brings an unexpected groove to Like You Did Before, with a voice that would stand up against the likes of Lianne La Havas. That said, she still has the quirky sounds of classical music and her cello in the mix, really setting this apart from most other R&B releases. Check out the song on Spotify here.
Panda Cult is the latest endeavour of the boys from VYNCE, and they bring that experience and song writing prowess to this latest project. The track sounds like The 1975 and Arctic Monkeys had a child that was then adopted by Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age. To say that this 4-piece know what they are doing would be an understatement, as Shoot for Something is a solid, comfortable tune that wouldn’t sound out of place alongside peers such as the previously mentioned bands that have so clearly influenced it. Stream now on Spotify here.
It’s pretty obvious that The Cheap Thrills are a scouse band. They just sound like it from the get go. This Indie/Rock/Pop sound is synonymous with the city and you won’t find a better brand of it than here. The light-heartedness of the riff mixed with the grittiness of the lyrics does the same thing that The Wombats and others have done to firmly put a stamp on Merseyside’s contribution to the UK Music Scene. Sentimentality follows in the footsteps of those who have come before them with such excitement and vigour that is close to impossible to not bop your head to this little ditty. Check out the video too!
Taking his name from his self-described style of music, “suburban blues”, SUB BLUE offers a fresh take on chilled out, alternative introspective R&B. His forthcoming EP, Suburban View, sees him work alongside producers of The Weeknd, Solange and Frank Ocean, as well as local favourite, XamVolo. And it’s Mr Volo that has produced his local offering, Hype Like Supreme. This is a glimpse at the life of teens trying to find their place in the world, while navigating peer and social pressure and trying to define their own voice. Hype Like Supreme gives a taste of that style and direction in which SUB BLUE will be heading with the EP; a release that is sure to propel him to the next level and beyond in 2018.
Once again, Merseyside has far reaching roots that bring out new music by the bucket load, this month there is such a choice that you can either settle in to some warming acoustic goodness or try your best to forget that winter is here with a summer anthem, the choice is yours.
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