Filed under: Music | Tags: Acoustic, Christina Aguilera, Folk, Live, Music, SiA, SiA Furler, Singer-songwriter, Song Of The Day, SOTD, The Voice, Zero 7
Song: Lentil (Live)
Album: Lady Croissant
In short: Pint-sized Australian songbird Sia Furler has been making music for a long while, but her breakthrough came after her collaborative work with UK trip-hop duo Zero 7. Preceding the release of her fourth album, Some People Have Real Problems, Furler released a live album containing some of her old hits and new songs that were later included on the follow-up release. One of those songs is the sublime “Lentil”, written by Furler herself and long-time friend Samuel Dixon, the song mirrors Furler’s charming personality and is a notch above most singer-songwriters’ material.
Filed under: Music | Tags: Alessi's Ark, Brilliant, Folk, Indie, Song Of The Day, SOTD
Song: The Robot
Artist: Alessi’ Ark
Album: Soul Proprietor
In short: Alessi Laurent-Marke left school to pursue music at the age of 16, and by 17 she had a major record label deal which lasted for only one album, before she moved to independent record label Bella Union. The first EP released under the new label was Soul Proprietor, a four-song set that showcases Alessi’s strengths as a songwriter and composer. For those who aren’t familiar with her, “The Robot” will serve as a great introductory number.
The Robot – Alessi’s Ark [Download]
Filed under: Music | Tags: American Idol, Folk, Kara DioGaurdi, Katharine McPhee, Music, Pop, Pretty, Review, Rock, Soft, Unbroken, upcoming
Artist: Katharine McPhee
Song: Had It All
Release date: August 25
Label: Verve Records
Back in the game again, American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee is set to release her sophomore album Unbroken this October. Things are all different this time around, first of all Katharine is blonde, and more importantly the sound she opted for is completely different to everything found on her debut LP. One main reason is that the genius John Alagia (John Mayer, Jason Mraz) helped produce and perfect the forthcoming album. Katharine was released of her contract with RCA after dissatisfying album sales, which gave her more freedom to evolve as an artist and record the material she wanted to record. It is crystal clear that she left the R&B-fused and over-produced pop days well behind her. The lead single has a raw, earthy feel to it while McPhee keeps marinating her vocal prowess still. The bridge features a billowing high note that brings back her days of “Idol” to mind. If the upcoming album features more of “Had It All”, I’m sold.
Had It All – Katharine McPhee [Download]
Filed under: Music | Tags: Acoustic, Folk, Music, Rosie Thomas, Song Of The Day
Song: It Don’t Matter To The Sun
Artist: Rosie Thomas
Album: If Songs Could Be Held
In short: This big ballad of unrequited love is mainly commanded by Thomas’ charming voice. The less of it will leave you wanting more.
It Don’t Matter To The Sun – Rosie Thomas [Download]
Filed under: Music | Tags: Acoustic, Chamber Pop, Epic, Folk, Nicole Atkins, Pop, Pretty, Song Of The Day, Vocals
Song: The Way It Is
Artist: Nicole Atkins
Album: Neptune City
In short: You may have never heard of Nicole Atkinn, but her music is so charming and “authentic”, this song, the first single “The Way It Is” is the only reason anyone would need to convince anyone to love her, it’s just.. perfect! of course if you’re not into folksy stuff, it might be hard for you to like her, but please.. do give her a chance, her voice is magnificent! here’s a live performance of the song, it’s simply fantastic, but it starts a bit slow, guessing she was nervous, but she aces it towards the end.
The Way It Is – Nicole Atkins [Download]
Filed under: Music | Tags: A Fine Frenzy, Acoustic, All Time Low, Boys Like Girls, Britpop, Folk, Kristina DeBarge, La Roux, Music, New Singles, New Songs, Pop, Punk, Rock
Blow Away – A Fine Frenzy [Download]
Ditching the opaque somber sound of her debut album to a more upbeat, folksy sound similar to that of Colbie Cailat. This is her lead single from her upcoming album titled Bomb in a Birdcage which follows her debut’s title trend (One Cell in the Sea). The album is set for a September release, so.. mark your calenders.
Goodbye – Kristina DeBarge [Download]
The single is already making big jumps on the charts, it’s very similar to Rihanna, Jordin Sparks, and the likes. There is no denying that the song is, ahem, catchy, very catchy actually.
Quicksand – Kate Walsh [Download]