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Stian Vedoy Artist Of the Week: Lial

Based out of London, Lial is an artist and songwriter exploring the darker, more pensive corners of pop music and sonically, there’s lots on offer. One of our favourites is “Dirty Little Lies”, a slow burner that keeps a tried and true pop formula from feeling stale by using guitar-led production and vocal hooks vaguely reminiscent of some classic M83 tunes.

While comparisons to Sia and Lana Del Ray might be apt, they feel a bit lazy as Lial clearly has honed in her own thing, adding just as much emotion to her melancholic dream-like verses as she does to a larger soaring chorus. There’s a distinctive style running through everything, something smokey and mysterious and while it’s not immediately easy to pin down, it only takes a few listens to become immersed in it. You can check out her latest video for “Just Say It’s Over” below to see what we’re on about!

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Stian Vedoy Artist Of the Week – Francine Belle

Paris-born, London-raised Francine Belle is our Artist Of The Week! A graduate of both the BRIT School and Cambridge University (for music and English Lit respectively), Francine is a British-Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer with a soaring voice, a keen ear for orchestration and a glorious sense of melody.

Francine’s ‘sound’ is a bit tricky to pin down, and we think that’s a great thing! Mixing elements of smooth pop, R&B and classical with layers of lush vocal harmonies, Francine stands out from the crowd in a way that’s uniquely her own. As if all of that wasn’t enough, she also has her hand in the visual side of her career too! Check out the video she co-directed and produced for her latest single “Diamonds” below, and keep an eye on her social channels, as it seems like there’s some exciting new music on the way soon….

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Stian Vedoy Artist Of The Week – Khaki Scouts

Khaki Scouts are our Artist Of the Week! This UK-based band comes correct with undeniable singalong hooks, jangly indie sensibilities and big helping of punk bombast worked in for good measure. Taking a bit of a different approach, they’ve been releasing their debut album Send Help single-by-single throughout the year; as much as we love a Netflix binge, there’s something to be said about a sense of anticipation! The band’s latest single “Envy” has been ringing in our ears a lot lately, so check that out below (any musicians out there will get a chuckle from watching the recently released video too):

We also highly recommend the video for “Do Nothing”, a heartfelt ode to life in lockdown that everyone should be able to relate to, especially as we board the rollercoaster once more…

We look forward to more great music from Khaki Scouts in the future!

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RL Artist Of The Week: Chris D’Lima

‘Tired’ is London based Chris D’Lima’s latest offering which stole our attention this week to grab the Richer Unsigned Artist Of The Week slot.  This electronic pop track features a great vocal line full of interesting melodies and shows off Chris’s singing talent.  

We liked the way the production was a little understated, leaving lots of remix potential to take it into a more acoustic or dance format.  The slow build before the beat drops is kept interesting by development of the four chord pattern and addition of harmonies to the vocal line. Take a listen:

 

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RL Artist Of The Week: Gaby Kettle

Birmingham based Gaby Kettle is this week’s ‘Artist Of The Week’.  Her single ‘Going Back’ combines a beautiful solo piano melody with Gaby’s rich and soulful vocals, which results in a track that takes you over with a warm wave of nostalgia.

The stripped back productions creates a raw sound and allows for Gaby’s dreamy voice to flourish.  In the end her tender soulful ballad leaves you wanting more.  Take a listen:

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RL Artist Of The Week: Have To Have

Austin based Have To Have’s track Frenemy caught our attention this week to steal the ‘Artist of the week’ spot.  Frenemy is an energetic guitar driven track.  We particularly liked the interplay between the guitar riffs and the vocal lines, emphasising hooks in the vocal melody.  Twists and turns in the chord progression keep the listener engaged from beginning to end, whilst emphasising a powerful chorus!  If you’re a fan of alt rock, indie etc this could be for you.

Available to listen to on our Fresh Finds and Artist Of The Week Spotify playlist.

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RL Artist Of The Week: Sonnee

Manchester based Sonnee is our artist of the week for 2nd March 2020.  His song ‘So What’ is our featured track and has been added to our ‘Fresh Finds‘ and ‘Artist of the week‘ playlist on Spotify which will be played in Richer Sounds stores across the UK.

The intriguing opening, a wash of processed guitar sets the atmosphere for what transforms into a soul filled electronic track.  Influences from Caribou and Jamie XX can be heard in the production style, but the track retains it’s own identity.  We really liked how the vocal gradually emerges from the ambient guitar beginning, with a vague 4 on the floor beat teasing you before it finally drops in to a more ‘House’ style beat.

Take a listen:

 

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RL Artist Of The Week: Greta Harlow

Greta Harlow is a London-based solo artist and songwriter from Finland. She released her debut EP ‘Who Am I’ in December 2019.  The title track grabbed our ears and made her this week’s ‘Artist Of The Week’.  With clear influences ranging from Muse to Kate Bush, her eclectic mix of styles are showcased within the title track.  There are musical twists and turns in every direction, from beautiful stacked vocal harmonies, to prog rock-esq guitar riffs.  There is never a dull moment!

Take a listen:

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RL Artist Of The Week: The Nature Centre

Hailing from Birmingham, The Nature Centre manage to create an instant burst of excitement with their concise pop songs!  Catchy rhythms combined with unique, unusual melodies made Forecast this week’s feature track for our Artist Of The Week section.  It will be added to our Fresh Finds Spotify Playlist, and played in Richer Sounds stores across the country.

The Nature Centre’s energetic rhythms and wide ranging vocal melodies combine elements of Vampire Weekend and Everything Everything, whilst managing to maintain their own distinctive sound.  Take a listen:

 

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