Tuesday, 2 December 2014

EP Reviews: Burn / Rigglets / Synesthesia (02/12/14)

Here's three EPs that you should definitely listen to/download, if you haven't already! 

Burn EP - Jamie Willetts
Jamie Willetts is a 19 year old singer/songwriter from South Wales. This is his debut EP, which was released back in May and debuted in the Top 30 of the iTunes singer/songwriter chart. 

The EP starts with the title track 'Burn', which is an upbeat song with a deep beat, catchy melody and lyrics and I can imagine it being very good live. 'Change' is next, this is a more chilled track with a piano intro leading into an honest and emotive song. The darker start of 'Give Me All Your Love' grows into a song full of layers and a catchy chorus - perfect for singing along to! The EP closes with 'Lighthouse', which has a simple and calm start with the sound of waves - setting a scene for the song, beautifully layered vocals creating harmonies and stunning guitar throughout, as well as the delicate piano in the chorus. 

Overall, a very well put together EP and an eclectic sound of Jamie's genre.

Jamie's Links:

Rigglets EP - Bare Jams
Bare Jams, are an upbeat, acoustic collective from Guildford, made up of Ollie Coombes (lead vocals/guitar), Sam James (cajon/percussion/vocals), Dave Tyler (bass), Dom Brench (percussion/vocals), Ben Fountain (sax), Pat Davidson (keys) and Seb Skelly (trumpet). They gather elements from many genres and mix them together to make a 'solid funky acoustic vibe. This is their second EP, released back in June, after a successful debut EP 'Beautys!'

The EP opens with 'Mrs. Crondidly' a slower paced track compared to others of theirs - but just as great. The honest lyrics and almost blues style horns add to the bridge layered vocals - which are perfect for singing along to live. Next is 'Multi Man', another chilled song throughout, again with honest lyrics and I really like the vocals on this song. 'Dave's Tune' is upbeat and the bass, horns and beat really work well on this track, it's a brilliant funky tune. Starting slow and chilled, growing into a layered upbeat track, 'Fast Feet', is a fun song, with ska influences - when I saw them live the other day, this was the song that got everyone dancing and moving around. 'The Rigglet Song' is the final track on the EP, starting chilled with just acoustic guitar, then adding in synths, bass, beats and horns, it stays chilled throughout.

I'm loving this EP still, and if you get a chance to see them perform live, they definitely give you a show to enjoy!

Bare Jam's Links:
Download (bandcamp): http://barejams.bandcamp.com/album/rigglet-ep
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BareJamsMusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/barejams
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/BareJamsOfficial
Website: http://www.barejams.com

Synesthesia EP - Pharaoh Colour
Pharaoh Colour is James Humphrys. Also known for working on projects/bands such as Skylarks and more recently Wolf Choir.

'Need To Know' is the first track on the EP, starting with guitars, and jumping into an upbeat song with a solid beat and catchy lyrics with unique 'James' vocals. Next is 'Once Again' a funky track, again with solid beats, guitar and bass layered up alongside the honest lyrics - I especially like the last minute of that one. A cover of Bombay Bicycle Club's 'Dust On The Ground' follows - and he definitely does it justice! This song shows he can 'do' a slower song, the synths and keys from Ed really add to this track too, giving it a slight twist to the original. 'Closer' closes the EP, again it's a track with beaut guitars, layered up with echoing vocals, drums, bass and honest lyrics.

Even though this EP was only released a few days ago, I've listened to it a lot! It showcases James' musicality and penmanship with both the track and lyrics. He's done a brilliant and I'm looking forward to hearing any more releases 'Pharaoh Colour' has to offer.

Check It Out!

Chart: These Days - Take That

Take That, now a trio of Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald, have hit #1 in the UK Singles Chart. 'These Days' is their lead single from their recently released seventh studio album 'III'. This is a more upbeat and modern boy band style for Take That but I think it works. 

Live Performance: Yellow Flicker Beat - Lorde

This song was released on 29th September (2014) as the lead single from the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1, also curated by Lorde. Even though it hasn't done well in the charts, it has been a popular release and has also been reworked by Kanye West. Here's Lorde performing it live at this years AMA's! 

Cover: Heartbroken Medley - Kimberly Anne

Kimberly Anne headed to SBTV to do an acoustic mash up and the final product is pretty good (slight understatement)! It features songs such as 'Heartbroken' - T2, 'Mr. Brightside' - The Killers and 'How You Remind Me' - Nickleback and a few others (bonus points if you know what they are). It's a well put together mix - enjoy! 

YouTube: No Matter Where You Are - Us The Duo

Three years ago, Michael and Carissa combined their talent, then after some successful Youtube videos, wrote together, released their first self-titled album, got married and have been travelling and playing music together ever since. Their full-length album 'No Matter Where You Are' reached #9 in the iTunes Pop Album Chart, they're currently touring with Oprah and this is their latest single, 'No Matter Where You Are' featured in the new film 'Book of Life'. 

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