Seven Fresh Songs #101
Juniper Stone — Moonchild
While browsing through the press release for “Moonchild,” I landed on “written during,” and my immediate reaction was “not another written during quarantine song, please!” By now almost everything is written during the pandemic because… it’s going on for a while. However, the press copy emphasizes that Juniper Stone created the beautifully hazy and dreamy song during not only a rainy day but an entire rainy week. Juniper Stone’s Damien Vincent says:
I’ve always enjoyed the rain and the cozy melancholy that seems to come with rainy weather, which was one of the inspirations for ‘Moonchild’. I wanted to capture this within the song and have each of the instruments sound like they’d been soaked in the rain. ‘Moonchild’ essentially refers to the person you become whilst dreaming, when you don’t have to think so much and can just let go.
We love the calming quality of “Moonchild,” the soft vocals, and the soothing saxophone accents. Listen to “Moonchild,” our Song Pick of the Day:
Odina — 1,2,3,4
Last Year “1,2,3,4” has already been the first single off the gorgeous album “What I Never Told You” by Odina. Now, the London-based singer/songwriter released a demo version that shows how she develops a song from the idea to one of those moving, goosebumps-inducing pieces she is known for. She explains:
“each song tells its own story, but sometimes the process of recording a song is a story of its own. I wanted to share a little bit more of that process by sharing this demo”
Listen to “1,2,3,4 (Demo) on your favorite streaming service or below on YouTube:
IMBER — Familiar Faces
A bit jazzy, a bit chill, and immensely catchy, that is “Familiar Faces,” the new single by IMBER. Behind IMBER is Bristol-based composer, musician, and producer Ben Imber, who is using the moniker for his solo project. We are stoked to exclusively premiere the enchanting track today, which features Ben’s smooth vocals and showcases once more his talent for eclectic electronic productions.
We wanted to know more about the gorgeous track and asked Ben, who says:
“Familiar Faces” was inspired by moving to a city from living in the countryside. One thing I noticed from moving somewhere completely new was that I was meeting people that reminded me of my friends from home. Sometimes it’s the way they looked or in the way they would act, it was this that inspired the lyrics for Familiar Faces because these strangers were helping me feel at home in a place that was unknown.
Asked about the comfortable, intimate vibe, Ben explains:
In the production I used field recordings I found walking down the streets of Bristol that I used throughout the song to give it an urban vibe.
Brilliant and utterly beautiful! Listen to “Familiar Faces,” our Song Pick of the Day premiere:
Lila Drew — Crystal Ball
U.K. singer/songwriter Lila Drew uses small means to create something big. Her new song “Crystal Ball” starts slow but then pours more and more emotions in the mix as the music swells to almost cinematic proportions. Lila says about the song:
“There’s a lot of frustration in it — I remember going to the studio with Jordan Reyes, who produced this song, and wanting to yell into the mic. That was something I’d never done before. All of the vocals I’d ever recorded had been so soft, for the sake of hiding my own fears underneath reverb and delay… The background vocals in Crystal Ball are all first takes of me just screaming the song from across the room, the mic picking up only the loudest frequencies. It’s maybe as sincere as I get. It’s a special sort of feeling.”
Listen to our Song Pick of the Day, “Crystal Ball,” on your favorite streaming service or below on SoundCloud:
Boy Harsher — Give Me a Reason
The repeating minor chords played steady-fast on the piano keep us on the edge from the start. The beautiful nostalgic synths sounds don’t offer much relief either as we remain totally hooked. “Give Me a Reason,” the new single by Northhampton, MA duo Boy Harsher is another brilliant piece of dark electro-pop at its best. The track also announces the duo’s upcoming film and soundtrack The Runner, that they wrote and filmed together. The Runner will be available on January 21st via Nude Club/City Slang.
Boy Harsher consists of producer Augustus Muller and vocalist/lyricist Jae Matthews, who says about the track:
With “Give Me a Reason,” we wanted to write something that encapsulates that feeling of yearning — the way we feel when we catch eyes from across the room. Our music can be flirty and crushable, and it’s fun to play with that.
Listen to “Give Me a Reason,” our Song Pick of the Day:
Actrese — It Might Be About You
London-based singer/songwriter Actrese makes songs with a certain alien element that keeps you on the edge. Her new track “It Might Be About You” delivers a tough personal message in a smooth and controlled way that makes the words even feel stronger. Actrese says about the song:
“After my last single, which felt very thought through, planned and executed in the same way, I needed a change. ‘It Might Be About You’ feels like something that was on my mind and needed to get out of my system. It is personal. It is candid to the point, it is impossible to describe as anything else than the truth. It comes from a place of anger and frustration of coming to conclusions in the aftermath of heartbreak when I didn’t even realize there was something to be broken. And then the anxiety. The anxiety of not being able to speak my mind and heart for various reasons.”
Tears For Fears — No Small Thing
What begins as maybe a little campfire ditty, with simple guitar strumming and lyrics like “I just have one more song to sing, one more story to tell,” develops into something big and grande and absolutely irresistible. I am biased, no doubt, with Tears for Fears being among my all-time favorite bands, but the allure of “No Small Thing” is… -excuse the pun- no small thing. Tears For Fears’ new single is the brilliant result of two musicians and songwriters who are still at the height of their game and are proving once more that there’s a reason why they are pop music legends.
’Cause freedom // Is no small thing We punish the child // For flying too high For rushing like the wind
Roland Orzabal says about “No Small Thing:”
In early 2020, Curt and I sat down together with just a couple of acoustic guitars. The first time in decades. We needed a meeting of minds, a coming together psychically. We were literally going back to the drawing board looking for some depth, heart and soul with which to complete our album. Curt came up with this simple folk/country riff, a little bit Dylan, a little bit Johnny Cash, and then we were off. It was the complete opposite of what we had been trying to do for many years — searching for the elusive, modern hit single. We felt suddenly unencumbered, free if you like, no longer worrying about the market, about success, but drawing on influences from our childhoods. It was at this point that the whole album started opening up. “No Small Thing” was the key, the thing that turned a red light green.
Curt Smith adds:
“No Small Thing” feels like it could have been a song from a seventies or sixties acoustic folk album with how the track starts. The fact that we felt confident enough to go from there to the end of the song to where it’s just absolute mayhem speaks to that sense of freedom, and that’s our comfort zone musically.
And now it all makes sense. Why they chose “No Small Thing” as the second single to announce the upcoming album “Tipping Point,” out February 25, 2022. “No Small Thing” isn’t really your typical hit single, but it is a fantastic song, and only time will tell how much it’ll become a hit. And who cares anyway? The track is gorgeous, and its message is timelessly important.
Listen to “No Small Thing,” our Song Pick of the Day, and also check out the cinematic video, directed and edited by Vern Moen: