When I heard The Staves were to be performing at my very own Student Union I remember squealing from excitement and I found myself eagerly counting down the days on my calendar.
Support came from Gabriel Rios, a trio that I had heard of before, but never payed much attention to. Yet the beautiful mix of tones from the cello, double bass and thick acoustic guitar created such an impressive sound that I couldn’t wait to go back home and listen to him some more.
With the welcome addition of violinist of Hudson Taylor,Tadhg Walsh-Peelo, there was a much bigger depth to The Staves’ live sound compared to last time I had seen them headlining at Barn on the Farm over summer. The addition of the full band suits the girls’ new style perfectly, and as they broke into an updated version of Mexico, I really began to appreciate how much a few extra instruments can transform a beautiful acoustic song to an impressive venue filler.
Yet it was their cover of Feel by Bombay Bicycle Club that stood out across the night for me. What can I say, when your favourite band covers your other favourite band, you know that you’ll love it before they’ve even started playing. Well I certainly did, and their imaginative twist of the track sent my little fan-girling mind into overdrive. Their charm was so welcoming that it made you feel as though you were just chatting in a room as they spoke to the crowd. Before launching into Make It Holy Jess admitted that any song fitted to the chords, and began singing audiences’ requests of 00’s classics over the three simple yet beautiful chords, going from Kylie, Destiny’s Child and S Club 7, much to the audiences’ and bands’ enjoyment, as it took a while for the giggles to die down.
There’s definitely no lie when I say that The Staves are immensely talented, as there isn’t a single part from each song from the album that they missed, going from the subtle backing vocals in Horizons to the impressive loop pedal harmony section in Let Me Down.
If I Was is now available to download on iTunes.
Waking up early one Monday I definitely would have said so, but just one routine morning check of Facebook changed my mind completely. With a slightly unhealthy obsession with Matt Corby’s music, I knew before I’d even heard Monday that it would be stuck on repeat for the week, and I was completely right.
The track has a whole new feeling to his usual blues style, and is almost the polar opposite of his older acoustic tunes, but this maturity suits his tone perfectly. There’s not much to the song other than a kick drum and some clicks, but it’s the layers upon layers upon layers of gorgeous vocals that makes the track irresistible. Of course it wouldn’t be a review of Matt Corby without mentioning his impressive lyrical skills, as towards the end of the week I would catch myself yelling ‘I was never lost I only chose to never go home’ out of the blue, and yes I did receive some very strange looks from people.
There’s something addictive to Matt Corby’s new sound, and with a small UK tour about to take place in November, I’m excited to see what he has to bring next.
Monday is available to download on iTunes now
The Leicester-based Reggae band By the Rivers have been cooking up a storm over the past few years, and I was lucky enough to jump on their wagon around two years ago. With a welcoming fanbase that just loves to spread awareness of their rhythmic beats, it still surprises me that the band haven’t been picked up by an independent label, yet the band’s name is simmering and I just know that they’re about to blow up in the underground scene!
By the Rivers bring a youthful and mainstream edge to the reggae genre, with a classic pop- melody line that is backed by ska- like keys and brass, and driven with deep reggae guitar and drum beats, that makes this ancient genre seem brand new. After listening to their self-titled debut album on constant repeat for the past year and a half, they have finally gifted us with a much anticipated new track, If They Don’t Know. The catchy melody line of this track is bound to stick in your head for days, as it has with mine, and I just can’t get enough of it!
It’s a known fact that the popularity of genres circles round every few years. It’s about time that reggae has it’s turn, and when it does, everyone is going to be listening to By the Rivers.
I left my house this morning and couldn’t resist taking this picture. The sun was peeking through a thick cloud of mist and there was condensation on the windows of my cold bedroom, this can only mean one thing- Autumn is here! Not only is it my favourite time of the year – there’s just something so beautiful about crisp golden leaves covering the roads – but it’s also the time that I find the weather is most atmospheric and dramatic; and it clearly calls for an autumn playlist!
I’ve been making myself seasonal playlists for as long as I can remember, and I thought you deserved to have a compilation of beautiful indie-folk songs that will just make you want to wrap up warm with a cup of tea watching the drizzle from the warmth of your room. So here is my 2015 Autumn playlist, filled with some of my new finds and some older loves.
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Dustin Tebbutt – The Breach
Bon Iver – Holocene
Ben Howard – Gracious
Thom Byles – The Great Outdoors
The Staves – Steady
Dry The River – New Ceremony
First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining
Radical Face – Welcome Home
James Vincent McMorrow – If I Had A Boat
The Mispers – Brother
The Paper Kites – Paint
The Middle East – The Darker Side
Matt Corby – Monday
Jack Garratt – Weathered
Snowmine – Nervous
Joseph Lofthouse – The Four and Two
Have you got a favourite song that you find fits the autumn feel well? Let me know in the comments or even add it to the playlist yourself!