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A Is For Arrows – “Without You”

This Toronto-based electro-pop duo, consisting of singer Alessia Balasbas and guitarist Eric Robbs, met in 2009. Although they couldn’t more different, their musical bond causes a chemistry that resonates in every note they create. They started covering bands they loved and have been touring for the past 10 years. Now with a new name and a new sound, they are ready to take on the world.

Their lavish debut single forges an intricate dreamscape, in which your ears can easily get lost. Teasing their first EP “Roses”, due in early 2020, the mellow rhythms, slick synths and electronic effects create a delicate auditory backdrop, while the ethereal vocals stroke your soul. And with a punchy chorus fusing both the lyrical darkness as the positive undertone, this is a celestial aural experience.

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Ocean Alley – “Tombstone”

Formed in a backyard shed, this Australian six-piece band has been wowing audiences with their infectious melodic surf-rock sound since 2011. Influenced by legends such as Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd, they fuse sunshine, reggae and rock with vintage touches. They debuted with their 2013 EP “Yellow Mellow”, released a second EP “In Purple” in 2015 and two critically acclaimed studio albums since.

Reminiscent of the breezy seventies West-Coast sound of bands like America, their new single radiates tasty mellow vibes, basked in golden sunshine. With sleek, yet peppy drums and sunlit guitars creating a roadtrip worthy jam, the chorus adds some rousing rock spirit into the sweet sonic mix. And with Baden Donegal’s mighty vocal chops stirring the tune, this is a sunny slice of pure riveting rock.

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Music History

Tracy Chapman – “Bang Bang Bang”

From her album “Matters Of The Heart” (1992):

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Grace Ackerman – “Down To The Wire”

Hailing from Watford, this eclectic British singer and songwriter has been making her mark on the music scene for a while. She’s performed to large excited crowds across the country as the former lead singer of the band Chasing Grace, but has also written hundreds of songs and worked with the likes of Emeli Sandé and James Arthur. As a solo artist she debuted with “Feels Like Home” in 2017.

Giving her new single an authentic, organic feel, it starts of with an acoustic piano and her bewitching voice. Soon they are joined by percussion and a tambourine, before exploding into the exhilarating chorus. Showcasing her incredible ability to sound smooth and fragile, as well as powerful and imposing, this track explores both sides of the sonic spectrum, creating musical magic along the way.

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Xavier Ralph – “She’s Always There”

This young British up-and-coming singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Sussex, was born destined for a career in music. Based in Hastings, he wrote his first song aged 10 and has since developed his mind-boggling talents. He’s honed his sound as a busker and playing vibrant local venues. In 2019 he signed with independent label Uprise Records and debuted with a self-titled album.

Going from radiating a genuine, heartfelt warmth to a lively pop jam, all in the same song, is no easy feat, but his new single makes it sound effortless. Starting with rich electric guitar strums and his soulful vocals, gives it an enticing and breezy feel, while the spirited pop chorus, flavored with a funkalicious vibe, makes it a refreshing and infectious earworm brimming with auditory pizzazz.

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Elise Trouw – “How To Get What You Want”

Hailing from San Diego, this uber-talented recording artist is, besides a singer and songwriter, also a gifted multi-instrumentalist. Raised on an eclectic musical palette, ranging from The Carpenters to Green Day, she’s influenced by a plethora of genres. She graduated early to commit fully to her music. Playing every instrument herself, she debuted with her album “Unraveling” in 2017.

Enchanting, hypnotic and magical, her new single forges a breathtaking sonic sunrise. Mellow synths and smooth guitar strums merely accentuate the lively percussion, which drives the track to enthralling heights. And with her impressive vocals switching from having a silky jazz hue to alluring pop punch in the catchy chorus, this sunlit song gives the listener everything their ears ever wanted.

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