Sam and the Black Seas – The Game

This fantastic single is taking fans by storm in another amazing offering from Sam and The Black Seas. Lyrical, throaty vocals merge beautifully in a fervent crescendo, reminiscent of the well established Mumford and Sons alternative indie folk style. The clever, moody video, complements the band members who come to life before our very eyes at the tip of the artists pen, almost as though the artist dreams them into life, each his own creation. Catchy drumbeats and insistent percussion round off a melody that you can’t help getting swept along with… and then..  just as you’re getting familiar with the vibes you’re hit again! This time, by the husky sexy voice of lead singer Sam who takes us by the arm and pulls us into the heart of his angst. With lyrics like “say what you say…live and complain that someone is bringing you down”. An inward looking mini biopic of a guy looking at himself and railing in anger against what he sees, his failures and broken dreams and how someone is bringing “him down”. The artist is having an ongoing battle criticising himself, a touch of genius that reveals this torture is the barbed wire entwined around the cello strings. Fiction is mixed with reality when the artists ink drips onto the face of the band member leaving the audience to wonder where reality begins and artistry ends. I’m not sure I wanted the artistry and sheer genius of the Alberto Ponticelli to end in this noir style video which pays homage to DC comics. A pure black diamond of tortured genius in all its facets, priceless! One diamond in the rough that has sparkle in its darkness!

Shades – Alexandra Savior

Upbeat and funky from the off, Shades is a Summer tune that will carry you right on through and provide a backdrop for the best summer memories. The powerful chorus, notable tempo and ethereal (and slightly R&B) vibe, entice you in to wanting more. Shades is an awesomely cool song from this LA songwriter, co-produced in partnership with Alex Turner. The amazing vocals leave you ensnared and sure to play the track over and over, its feel good beat bustling you along. Summer Time just got better with the addition of this track.

 

10 Songs for Humanity – James Ferraro

The slightly bizarre entrance to this track will leave you reminded of junior school music lessons and the fight for the triangle, but before you have time to dwell on it, the sudden introduction of passionate sounds will layer up until you are listening to an electric medley. The first single from James Ferraro on his new album Human Story 3, Ferraro describes this track as “a musing on hyper-individualism and the marketability of neotenous plastics” – you’re certainly going to find yourself invoking your own story of humanity with this beautiful and enticing offering.

 

Subliminal – Heaven For Real

Produced by Mint Records, this sees the collaboration of non-identical twins Mark and Scott Grundy joined by Cheryl Hann and Nathan Doucet. The listener gets hooked from the start with the rock instrumentals and the punk vibe carries you through. The strong rhythm and electronics do become a little samey, but nonetheless this is an eminently easy track to listen to. Hailing from Halifax you definitely get the sense that Subliminal was written “in the basement of the house that we’d always practice in, filled with my best friends”. Subliminal gives off the feel of amicable collaboration.