Seven Fresh Songs #122
Jillian Lake — Steady Hands
Sometimes things don’t feel right in life. In “Steady Hands” Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Jillian Lake recounts such a time in a reflective, intimate song that evolves around a gentle acoustic guitar line.
“I wrote this single when I was heartbroken living on the 22nd floor of an apartment right off Sunset Beach in Vancouver. I would sit in the living room and stare out at the most beautiful sunset over the horizon, and think — how can I not feel happy in this moment? I twistedly love the aching feeling because that’s what inspires my art. I am majorly influenced by my surroundings, my day to day, the people I see on the bus, the mundane walk to work, the sad sunset — I let it all affect how I’m feeling and that in turn comes out in my writing.”
“Steady Hands” will be on her upcoming album. Listen to our Song Pick of the Day below:
Ruby Greenberg — Roses
Ruby Greenberg is a fantastic singer and storyteller. Immediately captivated by her gorgeous vocals, I was equally smitten by the narrative and the words she has chosen to create her new single “Roses.” This is music that makes you pause for a moment so that beauty can fill your senses, like a refreshing four-minute mediation.
Asked about “Roses,” the New York via Colorado songwriter says:
I first wrote “Roses” sitting at my kitchen table, tinkering on the guitar in the morning. I was deep inside the music but somehow also aware of the sun hitting the walls, the cat in the armchair, the candle at the window, parts of my room that brought me comfort. As the song took shape, I began thinking of how I wanted to meet my loved ones in their own special place, never correcting or changing but only asking gently to be let in. “I won’t disturb the space that you’ve created. I will bring roses for your table.” The song became an invitation to know each other fully, and give love when we are shown someone’s true self.
Listen to “Roses,” our Song Pick of the Day:
Connect with Ruby Greenberg here.
Siv Jacobsen — Most of the Time
“Most of the Time” is a reflection of how the past suddenly can awaken in one’s mind. We don’t know who Norwegian singer/songwriter Siv Jacobsen refers to, but there is also a hint of darkness and regret in the song when she sings, “I wanna know what it feels like to be alone without you in my mind.”
Siv gives us some background about how she wrote the song:
“I knew that in going there it might awaken some difficult memories, but I was completely taken aback by how intensely I felt pulled back into who I was and how I felt all those years ago. I realised I had some unpacking to do, so that I could begin to properly come to terms with and understand those memories.”
“Most of the Time is about not being able to forget a particularly difficult relationship from my past. When left undealt with, the memories seemed to heighten in my sleep, in my subconscious, day and night, almost as if I was being haunted. It’s about how our past affects our future, how it can affect our personalities morphing into someone slightly different. Being back in this place again after such a long time was a much greater shock to my system than I would have ever thought it could be, and it forced me to unbox a lot of things I thought I had safely stored away in the back corners of my mind. In the end, it’s about reminding myself that I am feeling better now, most of the time.”
“Most of the Time” is the first new song after Siv’s 2020 album “A Temporary Soothing.” Listen to our Song Pick of the Day on your favorite streaming platform or watch the lyric video below:
DC Gore — I Like You
The synth-pop banger “I Like You” marks the third single from DC Gore’s upcoming debut album All These Things, out July 29th on Domino Records. Irresistibly catchy, “I Like You” is only on the surface carefree and easygoing because the song’s sentiment goes deeper. “I Like You” is an introspective view of what DC Gore likes and doesn’t like but essentially prompts the listener to do some soul searching too.
DC Gore (Dominic Gore) says about the inspiration for “I Like You:”
A few years ago I came across Tish Murtha’s photos of juvenile jazz bands in 1970s Newcastle and just fell in love with them. That the joy and release of music can fulfil such a positive societal function reminded me of the hope and longing for grace at the heart of the song, that even with all the cynicism there is something magical there too.
Clearly, these photos inspired the visuals of the accompanying video, directed and edited by Niall Trask. The result is a bittersweet cinematic sweep, with sprinkles of hope and joy. Regarding his upcoming album, DC Gore says:
It’s a very real possibility that we might be living in the end times, you know? This might be how we’re going to go out. And we’ve got this incredible opportunity to experience life, so why not make the most of it?
And suddenly, DC Gore is no longer just cynical or satirical but spot-on wise! This sentiment resonates with me and I am definitely joining him in making the most of this incredible opportunity.
Listen to “I Like You,” our Song Pick of the Day, and check out the video too:
Connect with DC Gore here.
Liz Cass — Human
“Does it make me less human,” asks U.K. based singer/songwriter Liz Cass in her new emotive single “Human.” She refers to the mental readjustments that we all have been gone through since the pandemic arrived. The elegant, dramatic synthpop production fits perfectly with the heaviness of the thoughts in her mind.
“‘Human’ was one of the first songs I wrote in 2021. It came off the back of the second lockdown which had more of an effect on me and made me feel more isolated than the first one early on in the pandemic. I guess the sentiments of the lyrics are that we are all just human and muddling through. Some take it harder than others and struggle more, but we shouldn’t really compare our coping strategies with other people.”
Watch the video for “Human” here:
Listen to our Song Pick of the Day, on your favorite streaming service.
LUIANNA — Heroin
Electro-pop singer and producer LUIANNA, aka Jasmine Luianna Emslie, released the atmospheric “Heroin” as the last single of her brilliant debut EP skiá (out now.) The emotive vibe of “Heroin” paired with darker, brooding undertones appealed to me from the spot, not to mention that exquisitely intense ending! Incredibly good. Intrigued, I listened to the entire eight tracks EP and put it on repeat. This is beautifully lush and modern pop, riding that glorious wave of sweetness, skill, and depth.
LUIANNA was born in London, brought up in South Wales, and has since spent the past fifteen years between Bristol and Berlin. She dedicated “Heroin” to her father and says:
This song was written about my Dad. The music was written to feel out and describe the feeling of the lyrics and the story in my life, a gentile start going into noisy chaos.
Listen to “Heroin,” our Song Pick of the Day:
Connect with LUIANNA here.
Carly Shea — Brush it Off
Here at glamglare we are big fans of NYC-based singer and songwriter Carly Shea since her 2020 track “Forever.” Now she is back with brand new music, which adds a good dose of soulfulness to her synth-pop sound. The new swanky, feel-good song “Brush It Off” is about an exercise probably all of us have to do to maintain sanity: taking a break from pondering about problems.
Carly says about the song:
“‘On Brush It Off’, I wanted to write a song that is the opposite of how I’ve been feeling; the small problems we fixate on and the bigger existential questions — at some point it becomes too much and you need to exhale. Writing ‘Brush It Off’ was a way to temporarily get out of that headspace and allow myself to feel light and let go. An escapist track to vibe to :).”