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Stian Vedoy Artist Of The Week: Longy

Longy is our Artist Of The Week! “Why you not deliver? If you know you got it in ya” he asks on his instagram page. Well, this fellow most certainly do! This songsmith and producer from Southend-on-sea calls his own music Gospel Trash.

Listen to his latest, Don’t Get Me Started here:

Longy has a raw and realness to his voice that resembles Scottish singer Paolo Nutini, but with a grittier honesty that can only come from days of busking, 500 shows in a year, breaking your back, band brawls and fighting with promoters. He likes to rustle your feathers whilst putting an arm around you, holding a mirror to your face.

Listen to his honest and vulnerable B-side, Lady, You Shot Me!

It’s not often an unplugged piano and vocal track captures your attention, but Longy’s storytelling hits you in the heart from the moment the piano hammers hit the strings. Like the song itself, it’s stripped back to the bare bones, so just dive in and swim in the words of a heartbreaking story from a gritty poet.

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Stian Vedoy Artist Of The Week: Foreign Affairs

Our Artist Of The Week is Foreign Affairs, Country-Rock duo from Bristol, comprising of brothers Adam and Lawrence Purnell. The duo blends hints of powerful Americana with pop sensibilities to create infectious, soulful and evocative anthems.

Listen to their latest single Rosanna here:

Between catchy choruses and close harmonies, you ultimately hear an honest and raw country/rock sound. Their smoky guitars and misty vocals draws inspiration from Americana classics like The Lumineers and Johnny Cash. The powerful, passionate voice of younger brother Lawrence turns heads instantly, but it is the carefully crafted songs and energetic performance that keeps the audience enthralled.

Watch their captivating live version of One Of These Days here:

We’re looking forward to hear more from this fantastic duo! Do us all a favour and buy all their merch at Musicglue.

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Stian Vedoy Artist Of The Week: Tabitha Westley

Tabitha Westley is our Artist Of The Week! A British soulful pop singer/songwriter, though she is ever-international with her collaborators and influences. Born in Cornwall, raised between Hong Kong, Ghana and Falmouth – it becomes clear why her worldly sound and wise lyrics feel so broad, yet intimately deep.

Listen to Tabitha’s latest single Dancing For Water here:

Westley’s music has been described as tantalising and ethereal. We would add soulful, stirring and maybe tranquillising to the description-bag. Her music has a stunning laziness to it of the best kind. The kind of soulful deliberate stumbling instrumentation you only find in seasoned artists like D’Angelo or Erykah Badu.

Listen to her track Lower West Side:

There’s no surprise that Tabitha is fascinated by cosmos and connections, which is very apparent in her track Lower West Side. Airy synths, atmospheric electronic drums and a confident yet beautifully reluctant vocal performance lull you in to her ethereal world.

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Stian Vedoy Artist Of The Week: Tobias Robertson

Our Artist Of The Week is Welsh singer / songwriter Tobias Robertson. He writes heartfelt songs about all of life’s experiences.

Listen to his debut EP Moving On here:

He presents a modern, soulful and powerful twist on classic folk. Artists coming to mind are John Mayer and Jason Mraz. Performing regular shows since an age of 16 has given Tobias a wealth of experience and has left him with a comfortable demeanour onstage. Tobias got asked to audition for The Voice UK in 2016 where he ended up on Boy George’s team, and has spent the time since the show playing any gig that came his way. This has truly helped him become the skilled entertainer he is today. Robertson’s voice has a homeliness to it that is hard to find. When you listen to him sing, you just want to be his best friend.

Listen to his lovely live at home rendition of I miss you by Blink 182 here:

Looking to play shows anywhere that he can and to record and release music, Tobias looks forward with a bright future ahead. We totally agree here, and we can’t wait to see this talented fellow at a show as soon as we can.

Do us all a favour and buy all his CDs at tobiasrobertson.co.uk!

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Stian Vedoy Artist Of The Week: Our Atlantic Roots

Our Artist Of The Week is Cornwall based alt folk duo Our Atlantic Roots! Bringing an uplifting blend of American and British alternative folk, with harmonies that are rich and dynamic is their superpower. Mac’s country bluegrass roots add a popular authentic southern US vibe to many songs, with the more folk-inspired influence coming from Laura.

Listen to their latest single ‘All The Years’ here:

The husband/wife duo met in Asheboro, North Carolina in August 2012. Just a few weeks after meeting, Mac and Laura wrote their first song together. They relocated to the UK a few years later. September 2017 saw the release of Mac and Laura’s debut EP ‘First Light’ recorded with award-winning folk producer Andy Bell. Their follow-up EP ‘Little Bird’ really stood out to us, and we’re not surprise that it has been featured on some of the most popular indie/folk playlists out there. It’s a beautiful blend of Americana and British folk at it’s best, and their harmonies are something out of this world.

Listen to ‘Little Bird’ EP here:

When you first see and hear this duo play together, you immediately realise their love for music and particularly the love of doing this together. Their voices knit together in a way that can only be done with either years of working together in the studio, or just years of living together. I guess they can tick both boxes.

Watch their amazing live rendition of ‘All The Years’ here:

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Stian Vedoy Artist Of The Week: Coumarin

We are stoked to announce Coumarin as our Artist Of The Week! Hovering in the world of popular music while mixing in parts from indie, folk and punk gives Coumarin their ear catching sound.

Listen to their lates single Godspeed here:

What started its journey as frontman André Kretschmar’s solo project, is now a 3 piece band that marry meaning and aesthetics. To date they have released 5 stand-alone singles. Listening through, we have to mention the ever popular 80s nostalgia. We can draw lines to American New Wave Pop band The Midnight. It makes you want to plug in your VHS player and re-watch all the classics like Goonies, Back To The Future and Flight of the Navigator. Lean back into the pool of synths, delay guitars, head shaking drum beats, with the occasional synth or guitar solo. Press play and fly over the scenery of a 80s Si-Fi adventure movie.

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In the ultimate endeavour of self expression, Coumarin has set no creative boundaries for itself in its attempt to elevate the form while staying true to its musical ancestry.

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Stian Vedoy Artist Of The Week: Laura Elizabeth Hughes

Our Artist Of The Week is Dublin born singer/songwriter Laura Elizabeth Hughes. With a brand new EP “We, Myself, I” out, Laura is certainly one to watch.

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Throughout her time as a performer Laura has had the privilege of supporting artists like Dermot Kennedy, James Bay and Billie Marten. This does not come as a surprise at all, with her captivating storytelling talent. The Irish Times called her “Gentle yet steely, formidable yet tender.” which describes her music perfectly. She writes from a deep place in a way that draws the listener in to her own world, and don’t want to leave any time soon.

Watch the enthralling live version of her 2020 single Pandemonium here:

Laura’s inimitable vocals combined with her arresting lyrical ability has seen her earn plaudits from both the media and her peers and establish herself as a rising talent among a fresh new group of emerging Irish songwriters. We can’t wait to hear more from Laura Elizabeth Hughes in the future.

Hughes’ EP is out with a limited edition merch on her band camp. Do us all a favour and by all her merch!

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Stian Vedoy Artist Of The Week: A. Smyth

This week’s Artist Of The Week is Dublin born dreamy folk-rocker  A. Smyth. He just released his haunting debut album, Last Animals – a rumination on nature and the meaning of life.

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After attracting much praise for his work as Vann Music, Smyth delivers a highly impressive Last animals. It’s a mellow and intelligent debut of warm Indie Folk / Americana, with gentle melodies and soft vocals. With electronic embellishments and new-thinking production elements, A. Smyth’s new album is a uniquely put together piece of art.

Hear When It Calls live here:

There is no wallowing in folk miserabilism or copying of tried-and-tested singer songwriter templates, just a quality album with enough variation to bring you back for a second listen. As debut albums come, this is as promising as it gets.

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Stian Vedoy Artist Of The Week: Samantha Lindo

We’re excited to have soul & UK jazz artist Samantha Lindo as our Artist Of the Week. After the feature of Lindo’s first single in the BBC Sounds ‘Hot List’ curated by BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music, this amazing Bristol based artist of mixed Jamaican heritage’s new track ‘Lights Go Out’, written on ‘black out Tuesday’, promises to pack just as much of a punch.

Listen to ‘Lights Go Out’ here:

Speaking as someone who is mixed race but passes for white, her perspective straddles experiences and identities and Samantha has been talking about issues of racial justice for a decade. Nitelife magazine describes how she ‘weaves poetry, spoken word and beautiful lyricism’ through her songs, ‘presenting some very real and raw issues of love, life and the human condition’ and the new track ‘Lights Go Out’, which brings together her music and activism, is no exception. The song is upbeat, fun and hopeful but it also speaks truth.

Her previous single ‘Underside’, with a more slow, shoulder moving groove was launched at her last live show before lockdown at Rough Trade and was performed live on BBC Radio Bristol, receiving rave press reviews of her ‘spine tingling vocal performance’.

Watch ‘Underside’ Live here:

Lights Go Out is inspired by Janelle Monae’s Turntables, the gospel roots of Micheal Kiwanuka and BBC 6 Music’s 2020 album of the year winners, Sault and you can hear flavours of the Afro-beat, soul and RnB sprinkled in that influence her sound. Her authentic style and musicality draws from a wide range of influences, from vocal greats like Etta James to spoken word prophetess Kae Tempest, as she harnesses the intrinsic power of the female vocal to speak beauty & truth.

She’ll be performing it live for the first time at internationally renowned St George’s Bristol, on Thursday the 10th of June alongside Brit award nominee Beth Rowley, Eliza Shaddad and Bristol’s Murmuration Choir as well as hosting an online performance and Q&A especially for her Patreon members on Thursday the 11th of March.

Nitelife Online said ‘I can well imagine Samantha shooting up to the top with an alarming speed – eyes peeled for this girl!’ And we most certainly second that statement with confidence.

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