Monthly Favourites #2

Last month I started a new series titled Monthly Favourites. Each month I pick a selection of bands/artists who’s music I have enjoyed that month, to share with our readership. Check the review out below, and don’t miss the playlist at the bottom!

Review by Jane Howkins

Photo by Young Astronaut

Young Astronaut – Hope

Young Astronaut are a British pop-rock band who have been circulating the UK for a couple of years now – Hope is their latest release, featuring a fantastic synth bass melody as the backbone of the track. It makes the song sound very catchy, although it is rather minimalist at times, with the little guitar melodies suiting the style of the song well. Make sure you check out their social media pages and website below!

Social media: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, Soundcloud, Youtube, Instagram, TikTok.

Harrison Rimmer – The End

Harrison Rimmer should need no introduction, with the York based musician being featured on these pages many a time. The End is the title of his latest tune, starting off with a cool guitar riff. The track is a rock song with a catchy feel to it, in part due to the amazing melodies that Harrison has included in the song. It’s got a proper sense of good old fashioned rock and roll to it, which combines nicely with Harrison’s melodic side.

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Nazariff – Should Have

Should Have opens up slowly, with the vocals melding well with the eerie piano melody and beats present in the track. The music Nazariff create would probably be best described as being within the alt-pop movement, with some elements of trap and hip-hop also being found within the music itself. Should Have is the sort of track that has a lot of stuff going on in the background, meaning several listens are required to fully appreciate everything!

Social media: Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Youtube, Instagram.

Blair West – All This To Say

Blair West is a singer-songwriter and musician from the USA, crafting pretty folk-pop songs. All This To Say is the perfect example of how gorgeous her music is – it’s a slow, folky song that displays Blair’s delicate vocal style off to the world. The guitar melodies are quite subtle, but this makes it all sound more beautiful, putting the spotlight firmly on Blair’s wonderful vocal delivery.

Social media: Website, Spotify, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Youtube, Instagram.

Ale Galata – Wake Up

Ale Galata is a German musician from the Bavarian region, an area we admittedly don’t often hear much music from! Wake Up starts off sounding quite folky, with a sparse guitar melody adding both the rhythm and the melody to the music. There’s a lot of emotion contained within Ale’s vocals, and when the poppy chorus finally kicks in, it sounds incredibly anthemic!

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Chris Scheler – Good Old Days

Good Old Days is a pop-rock song with a gorgeous melody, in part due to the way musician and singer-songwriter Chris Scheler wraps his distinctive vocals round the music. The track has quite a full band sound to it, despite the main melody being performed on an acoustic guitar – the harmonies on the pre-chorus also sound amazing, with the chord change here sounding stunning.

Social media: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Youtube, Instagram, Songkick.

Speak Easy Circus – Sewn Up

Sewn Up starts with a catchy brass melody, which was a lovely surprise considering how rare it is to hear brass instruments in rock music nowadays. The brass elements add a funky sound to Speak Easy Circus’ music, making it sound very cool indeed. The rhythm and vocal lines change at times to make the track sound jazzy, adding yet another element to the band’s skillset.

Social media: Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, Youtube, Instagram.

Jason Anthony Gomez – Here And Now

Jason Anthony Gomez is a musician, composer, educator and violinist, making distinctive sonic soundscapes for the thinking man (or woman). He’s recently decided to take a journey into creating electronic music, with Here And Now being the result of this foray. It’s an instrumental piece, with the focus being on the different layers of synths present in the music – you’ll definitely have to give this one a few whirls to appreciate it all!

Social media: Website, Facebook, Spotify, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Instagram.

Israel nke – Evergreen

Evergreen is a little different from most of the other songs on this list, with the track having elements of trap, hip-hop and rap music within it. The bass beat that makes up the backbone of the song has a sinister vibe to it, yet also sounds very catchy. Israel nke has a great flow to his lyrics, suiting the style of song well – those into their trap/hip-hop should love this!

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ANiQO – Balance

The piano melody that kicks Balance off is fairly simple, but this simplicity only makes it sound more beautiful, allowing ANiQO’s vocals to take pride of place within the song. It’s a slow, folk pop track, with layers of guitars and other instrumentation slowly building up until it slows down on the bridge. The piano and ANiQO’s vocals once again give a harmonious build-up towards the ending of the song, with a luscious string arrangement bringing it to a perfect end.

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Sun Affair – After All This Time

We’ve actually featured Sun Affair a couple of times before here, so I was pleased to be able to hear their latest release, After All This Time. The track is poppy, but it also has quite a jazzy vibe to it, in part due to the brass instruments, which make it sound very summery. There’s a smooth feel to the song, with the soulful vocals working extremely well with the catchy music – check it out below and just see if you can avoid tapping your feet in time!

Social media: Facebook, Spotify, Soundcloud, Youtube, Instagram.

Downhill – Gate

Gate is perhaps the most unique song on this list, being very different from most of the other tracks here. It’s an electronic piece of music with a sinister vibe to it, with Downhill subtly adding more and more to the tune as it progresses. The percussion sounds almost tribal at times, and I also felt there was an 80s theme to the music – it’s hard to explain, but you’ll get it if you listen to the track.

Social media: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Youtube, Instagram.

Naëve Down The Rabbit Hole

Naëve’s latest song, Down The Rabbit Hole, is a quirky jazz song, leaning towards the swing side of things. The beat is simply infectious, with the percussion, bass and brass instruments combining together in great style. Naëve’s vocals are perfectly suited for the genre of music, with the track showing just how great her vocal range is as she belts the lyrics out.

Social media: Website, Facebook, Spotify, Soundcloud, Youtube, Instagram.

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