‘Apple Of My Eye’ are one of the most exciting acts around at the moment and they have just announced the release of new album ‘Seven Tides’, due out 1st December.
The London lads are originally from the historic maritime city of Bristol and their songs draw inspiration from both cities and from the sea, a theme that runs throughout their second album. Their engaging storytelling style and four part harmonies explore tales of love, loss, adventure and ruin.
You may spotted the guys at a festival this summer as they played the, Tall Ships Festival Greenwich, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness and headlining Exile festival in Sheffield.
The band describe their music as “brand new old songs” and collectively generate all their own material drawing on personal experiences and carefully arranging the music on the guitar, bouzouki, violin, double bass, mandolin and harmonica.
Catch the guys live in action here:
The bands musical talent is most certainly something to boast about, check their credentials…
Kit Massey (Violin) and Phil Cornwell (Bass) are both full time professional musicians. Cornwell is the musical director of West End musical “The Scotsboro Boys’’ and Massey was formally a violinist with the Santiago Philamonia in Chile and has worked as a session musician with artists such as Emile Sande, Dizzie Rascal, Muse and Jamie Cullum. Arran Glass (Vocals and Guitar) and Alex Scott (Mandolin) are both professional Actor-Musicians and Puppeteers who perform and compose the music for a variety of theatre and television. Chris (Bouzouki), Dan (Harmonica) and Ellie Rusbridge (Vocals) are all siblings and come from a rich folk music heritage as their parents met in a folk club and still perform in their own folk band Thornbridge.
Hailing from St Albans after a period of studying in Sheffield, Adam Protz has had several years to perfect his craft of composing. Using delicate piano melodies and intricate instrumentals, Adam Protz has created his beautiful EP ‘Movements’, consisting of four alluring and exquisite tracks. In the past, Adam has written music for films, animated shorts, a dance show, an educational DVD and even a brewery documentary!
Watch his latest video for ‘Movements’ here:
Protz has been writing music since the tender age of fifteen and began his journey into music writing heavy rock songs with soft orchestral bridge sections as a contrast, this developed into a desire to write for Hollywood movies. However, after listening to minimalistic meditative piano music, written by the likes of Ludovico Einaudi, Adam soon discovered that he was much more suited to creating emotive music in which he could incorporate his own personality and spirituality.
The lack of lyrics in the music leaves it up to the listener to interpret the piece as they wish. It provokes an emotional reaction and is also incredibly relaxing. The ‘Movements’ EP is proof that lyrics aren’t a necessity to provoke powerful sentimental thoughts
Protz aims to inspire relaxation and offers the perfect setting for escaping to through his music. A firm believer that the world is over-obsessed with Smart-phones and social networks, Protz encourages listeners, from all walks of life, to return to the roots and escape with him into his musical world of beautiful, elegant minimalism.
‘Movements’ is due for release on the 30th November.
Keep up with Protz here:
Twitter – @AdmProtz
Before we talk about the band and their single here is what the press had to say about their music:
“This outfit have a tasty way with a trad-indie-alt-rock tune and there’s a rising taste for this sort of thing in the face of the deluge of hideously cheesy dance-pop…”
Thomas H Green – Daily Telegraph/Arts Desk/Mixmag/Napster
“They are the kind of band you’ll be lucky enough to see up close and personal in a small venue, as a growing name… Until they hit the mega bucks, and they’ll be headlining festivals before you know it.”
Suzie Kidger – News Reviews
“…With sing-a-long melodies, conventional structures and a radio friendly quality, there’s little to stop this band becoming a household name in time to come… Heavily influenced by those who have profited from the Goo Goo Dolls, Seether and Matchbox 20 sound, their music is marketable…”
Damian Burke – Doughnut Magazine
I’m sure you will agree pretty good references! Now onto the song.
The track opens with a great line about the queen of hearts, it goes:
“Now Alice said how welcome sing for the Queen of Hearts, and if she doesnt like it its a place you cant depart”
We’re not quite sure what it means, but it has something to do with Alice in Wonderland. Regardless its and effective lead in to the rock onslaught that follows!
Dont take our word for it take a listen to this thrashing good show here: Soundcloud.
Tell us your favourite line in the comments!
With a group of people that have pedigree in teaching English at Yale and Creating music for LA based production companies you would almost expect them to have an aptitude for the written language and ‘Faded Paper Figures’ are a band that do just this:
“Now you’re gone, but your breath
is everywhere I still want you to be.
Chicago fires so full of death
could never keep your spirit far from me.
Falling off the glyphs,
nothing corresponds to what you mean,
and every word is set aside.
Five degrees below,
far too cold to walk into the sea,
and no one sees the rising tide,
Now we’re breathing as one, like two rays of the sun
Now we’re breathing as one, like two rays of the sun”
Three track debut to be unleashed June 16th through Angel Recordings
With producer Greg Fitzgerald (Madonna, Kylie, Jessica Simpson) playing a part in the EP, and with support already from Tom Robinson on BBC Radio 6 Music, Plymouth Brethren is the new project from the skilled mind of songwriter James Delin. The debut EP, fittingly titled ‘EPOne’, will be released through Delin’s own imprint Angel Recordings.
Although it’s early days, Plymouth Brethren is already enjoying high praise from several quarters, particularly for EP lead track ‘Satin on Silk’. Inspired by the ongoing battle with one’s insecurities, it’s no coincidence that the title initials are S.O.S., and the track ends with a triumphant refrain ‘you take me as I am or not at all’.
You can hear the track here:
Track two, ‘Glue’, is described as a ‘love letter with a twist’, about a relationship that should never have been. Full of off kilter sounds and distorted perspectives, it’s designed to make the listener as uncomfortable as the relationship itself.
Finally, closing the EP is ‘Deeper’. Written about ‘falling into a relationship faster than one would necessarily like to’, ‘Deeper’ is full of potent imagery likening the experience to addiction, and substance intoxication.
Delin’s song writing is driven by an ongoing battle with adult onset scoliosis (acurved spine), which has left him with a strict regime of exercise and medication to minimise the pain. It’s a condition which he feels informs his writing – not specifically in the lyrics, but as a constant inspiration to his stubbornly creative mind.
And with two Batchelor’s degrees– a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and a BSc (Hons) in Music Production and Business Management – to his name, it’s a creative mind to be reckoned with.
‘EPOne’ is released June 16th
Upbeat acoustic roots tune taken from album ‘The Never Ending Pageant’ – released 21st July
Scotland born folk singer-songwriter Colin Clyne, a versatile acoustic artist as comfortable spinning off an upbeat folk ditty as a heartrending dose of roots melancholy, returns this summer with excellent single ‘Merry Go Round’, taken from album ‘The Never Ending Pageant’.
The single, a straight, driving example of how to write an acoustic folk track with true momentum and subtle harmonies, mixes Clyne’s Scottish folk heritage with a touch of Americana in the vocal arrangements – thanks perhaps to 10 years spent living in California.
It’s the first song from the new LP, both released through Colin’s hometown label Fat Hippy Records, a burgeoning independent label who have also recently signed a deal with fellow Aberdonian – and runner up on The Voice USA – Terry McDermott.
The album was produced & Engineered by Grammy Award Winning Engineer Alan Sanderson (The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Ryan Adams, Burt Bacharach), and you can hear the first single here:
It’s not difficult to see why his fans include influential new music tastemakers such as Jim Gellatly, John McRuvie, STV and Chris Hawkins of BBC 6 Music – the reflection of an impressive independent career that has seen Clyne support The Red Hot Chilli Pipers (internationally acclaimed Scottish touring band) at a Hogmanay gig in front of 6,000 people, as well as appearing at Belladrum Festival, Edinburgh Festival, The Viper Room in L.A, and the Sacramento Highland Games which boasts over 20,000 people.
Another highlight saw him crowned ‘Best Acoustic Act’ at the San Diego Music Awards in 2011 and 2012 (previously winners include Jewel and Jason Mraz), as well as being named by NBC San Diego as one of San Diego’s top 12 Singer songwriters. That particular list contained an elite list of names, including Jewel, Tom Waits and the late Jim Croce.
It marks an incredible career trajectory for an artist whose first cd was rehearsed and written in the cold store of a ship that he used to work in many years ago. In fact, the lifelong ship worker still does stints at sea from time to time, enjoying the time and space as good song writing inspiration.
All very impressive from an artist who, having severed his fingers in his teens having hardly learned a chord, didn’t touch a guitar again until he was 23.
Single ‘Merry Go Round’ will be released June 30th from the album ‘The Never Ending Pageant’ out July 21st.