Artist Alert: Jake Bugg

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I discovered Jake Bugg this past spring while snooping around a record store. I was talking to the owner about the 1975 (when am I not talking about them) and explaining how they sometimes had this old school but at the same time completely unique sound that I hadn’t heard in the music industry before. That’s when he said I had to go home and listen to Jake Bugg. The moment I heard the rough strums of the guitar I realized that Jake Bugg was like nothing in the industry.

With a voice that sounds like a folk toned Buddy Holly and songwriting that has been compared to Bob Dylan it is no surprise to see this 20 year old Nottingham native shooting to the top of the industry. Bugg says that music didn’t really take over his life until the age of 12 and by the time he was 17 years old  he was offered a spot on the Introductory stage at Glastonbury Music Festival 2011 by the BBC. He hadn’t even put out a song on the radio.

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He headlined Glastonbury again in June of 2012 before releasing his self-titled debut album in October of 2012. Some of his more known singles like Broken, Two Fingers, and Lighting Bolt came from that album. In 2013 he headlined Glastonbury once again and released his sophomore album Shangri La which features Slumville Sunrise, Me and You, Messed Up Kids and What Doesn’t Kill You. 

He isn’t one for fame and more than often you can find a headline of him complaining about the industry, festivals, and pop music which does make one feel like he is constantly putting down the industry the built him up. I just tell myself that it is the British pessimistic side coming out.
If you enjoyed Mr. Bugg and would like to see more of him he is going to be opening for The Black Keys in the US this fall and going out on his biggest UK headlining tour yet this fall as well.

xx

Ashley

Album Review: X (Multiply) by Ed Sheeran

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Many artists fail when it comes to releasing a sophomore album that tops their debut album. Ed Sheeran is not the case. Multiply came out June 23rd and since then has become the fastest selling record of 2014. Boy does it deserve that title.

“X” does exactly what Sheeran needed to do, have plenty of heartfelt love songs, mixed with 90’s hip hop songs. From start to finish there is hit after hit after hit, which is what makes this sophomore album so spectacular. The album leads off with a typical Sheeran ballad about lost love titled “One” before heading into a more upbeat tune, which is a tad different for Sheeran titled “I’m A Mess.” Sheeran has definitely dabbled in genres more than acoustic singer/songwriter. Many of the songs have a hip/hop feel which Sheeran pulls off effortlessly.

What I love about Sheeran is how easily I can connect his songs to memories which is another reason why his album has been on repeat the past week. Stand outs to me on this album would include “Photograph” “Thinking Out Loud” “Tenerife Sea” and “Don’t”. Let it be known that all of tracks on this album are incredible these have just stood out to me. You must go into this album with an open mind and understand it is not a replica of “+” but instead an extension and growth from it.

 

 

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Ashley

Artist Alert: Shannon Saunders

 

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I came across Shannon Saunders this past spring while looking for unique female singer/songwriters. I am constantly listening to male singer/songwriters but needed a female artist to listen to to really get my girl perspective in song. Shannon Saunders does just that.

A native to London Saunders got her start on YouTube in 2009. After putting out a range of covers she gained the attention of ATC Management who got her connected with Jake Gosling, a producer known for working with Ed Sheeran. In January of 2013, Saunders released her first single “Heart of Blue” followed by “Scars” and “Atlas” that was released this past December.

She has toured with artist like Lewis Watson and Lucy Spraggan and has some festivals lined up for this upcoming summer.

Saunders recently announced that her debut album is finished and that she has just signed to Kwame Kwaten’s label. 

The past three singles she released are very singer/songwriter-esque but from her recent instagram videos it sounds as if she is going in a more electronic direction. Either way her songwriting is brilliant and refreshing and I can’t wait to hear what is coming up with her.

 

Here is one of my favorite song of hers. It hasn’t been released yet but I’m always playing it on YouTube.

 

xx

Ashley

Track Review: One by Ed Sheeran

I couldn’t name one flaw about Ed Sheeran. He is clearly one of the best songwriters of our generation, and his musicality is flawless. Releasing “Sing” a song influenced by 90’s hip hop aiming for top of the charts this summer, its not surprise that the next song he released is a bit more low key, + album Ed Sheeran.

“One” tells the tale of lost love and hoping that a friendship can still remain while he watches his past love marry another man. Its acoustic driven song, opening with soft vocals and a soothing guitar rift. Quiet strings and drums join the song at the beginning of the second verse before fading out at the end of the bridge, bringing the emotion to a peak.

Sheeran leads into the chorus he bringing out his flawless falsetto, and keeping it through the chorus. With lines like “Tell me that you turned down the man Who asked for your hand ‘Cause you’re waiting for me” you are automatically swept off your feet.

“One” has not been announced as his next single but he has been playing it at promo events. You can get Sheeran’s sophomore album titled “x” June 23rd or you could pre-order it now and get “Sing” and “One”. Sheeran will be on tour in the US this upcoming August and September.

 

xx

Ashley

Songs of the Summer 2014

Since summer is upon me and almost upon the rest of us, I figured now would be a good time for me introduce what I believe to be the songs of summer 2014! My predictions aren’t always correct but these are just five songs I think you should keep an eye out for this summer!

 

1) Rather Be by Clean Bandit

I’m sure I’ve post about this song before. I’m absolutely obsessed with it. The music practically screams summer and the lyrics are extremely catchy. If this song comes on at a party you can almost guarantee that I will be dancing.

 

 

2) Summer by Calvin Harris

The title of the song is summer. The entire essence of the song screams summer. I find it to be almost too similar to the rest of Calvin Harris’s songs but I can totally see how people enjoy it.

 

3) Fancy by Iggy Azalea

This is one of the catchiest songs on the radio right now. With an easy to follow rap and a memorable chorus, this song makes anyone feel like a rapper.

 

4) Problem by Ariana Grande

Iggy seems to be all over the place these days and its fitting that she is featured on Ariana Grande’s newest single. This song has taken the internet by storm. It charted at the top of iTunes charts around the world. You will definitely find  this song stuck in your head.

xx
Ashley

// R O B B E R S //

Enjoy this beautiful piece of art. May it move you like it moved me.

xx

Ashley

 

 

‘Robbers’ is a love song, it was originally inspired by my love of the Quentin Tarantino film ‘True Romance’, the story of an Elvis obsessed loner who falls in love and marries a prostitute. In the movie the couple run away to California after killing her pimp and stealing his drugs to start a new life financed by a once in a lifetime drug deal. It’s the sentiment behind the film that appeals to me, the hopelessly romantic notion that two people can meet and instantly fall in love, an escape story where love is the highest law and conquers all against the odds. Characters like Bonnie and Clyde always appealed to me as a teenager – couples so intoxicated with one another that they fear nothing in the pursuit of the realization of each other, actions fueled by blind unconditional love. 

‘Robbers’ is an ode to those relationships. The type of relationship all humans long for. All or nothing. 

This video is about when love makes two people feel they are the centre of the universe. 

Matthew Healy 

Track Review: Stay by Lewis Watson

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Let me introduce you to Ed Sheeran’s long lost brother. Meet Lewis Watson, a 21 year old singer/songwriter from Oxfordshire, England. He hasn’t completely taken over the US but that is sure to happen after the release of his debut album “The Morning”. His sound is very singer/songwriter. If you listen to Gabrielle Aplin, Ed Sheeran, Nina Nesbitt, or Kodaline I would recommend checking him out.

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Watson started out posting covers on YouTube and after three years released his first EP in 2012 titled”It’s got four sad songs on it BTW”. Soon after that release he was offered many record deals before signing with Warner Bros Records who have worked with artists like Damien Rice and Neil Young. Between 2012-2013, Watson released fiver other EP’s before announcing this year that he would be releasing his debut album.

The first single of his debut album is titled “Stay”. It’s an acoustic driven song with quiet drum beats that join halfway through the song. The story behind “Stay” is extremely romantic. Watson explained that “Stay” was written about a dream he had where a girl was singing a song that he thought was amazing. “I hadn’t heard the song before, so I tried to wake myself up to write what I’ve heard but when I woke up I couldn’t remember the song. I wrote this song about the girl in my dream.”  (Source)

While Watson has not announced any US tour dates yet, he has a UK tour lined up next fall!

 

xx

Ashley