All posts by Tom Edmans

Thalo – I Mean

Thalo is the pseudonym for Jack Harbo, an American musician who is disrupting the presumed conventions of genre and pretense. Jack and his sister, Paige- who lends vocals to some tracks- are old souls sporting modern sparks. Thalo blends familiar constructs and exciting innovation with the lost, wandering tone of a generation of dissatisfaction. All while maintaining wry humor, and inviting the listener to laugh together at a world that seems hell-bent on falling to pieces.

The new release, “i mean.” is, in a lot of ways, about the difficulties of communication. It seeks to parse out the differences between romanticism and optimism, and to acknowledge the loneliness that has become so potent for those of us that struggle just to meet the bare minimum. It explores the micros and macros of our modern world, all with climbing, sliding melodies to remind us of the inherent joy of music– to remind us to have fun along whatever road we walk.

Hedara – Skin Deep

Since leaving the BRIT Academy in 2016 along with Freya Ridings, Hedara – aka Scarlet Billham – nearly died by falling into a diabetic coma. Little did Scarlet know that she had type 1 diabetes until she was omitted to hospital.

This led Scarlet to reevaluate her music and scrap everything to start again. Over the past 16 months she has been working with a number of songwriters and soon found a connection with Carey Willetts (Dua Lipa, Freya Ridings, Dermot Kennedy) who helped co-write and produce 8 tracks, 3 of which form the foundations to her Debut EP – Slow.

Hedara received excellent support from Radio 2 via Jo Whiley’s new music show and appeared on a number of Spotify, Apple and Deezer playlists. She is back with her second single Skin Deep, which is all about finding your strength.

‘You’re the one finally taking control in a relationship where someone has tried to play you like a puppet on a string, now you’re the one calling the shots.

I wanted an anthemic feel to the song, so I took a lot of inspiration from female musicians that I admire like Florence and the Machine, Jessie Ware and Dua Lipa.’

She’ll be supporting Tom Speight at Bush Hall on the 21st November

Pelicandy – Underlove

Specialising in finely crafted alt-pop centred around a collection of irresistible hooks, London newcomers Pelicandy have made quite the statement ahead of their debut EP release Underlove.

Marshalled by acclaimed recent singles Silent Treatment and You and Me Baby, the electronic duo’s hook-laden efforts have earned warm praise throughout the online community (The Line Of Best Fit, Dork, The 405, Earmilk) so far in 2019, with keen lyrical musings and sparkling atmospherics reinforcing their eccentric qualities.

Speaking ahead of their EP release, the two-piece explained: “Underlove aims to pry into the world’s unhinged psyche with a collection of songs for the armchair psychiatrist. Love songs for the therapy generation, you could say. These are the four songs that define Pelicandy so far and we’re thrilled to finally be sharing them with the world”.

With a series of shows lined up in the capital throughout the autumn, including an EP launch show at The Waiting Room and a date alongside Thyla at Electrowerkz, the risers are primed to gather pace on the live front in the coming months and introduce themselves to an even wider audience.

Pelicandy’s Underlove EP is released and will be available via all digital platforms. Pelicandy is TC Beecham (vocals, guitar, synthesiser & keys) and Nick Mills (drum kit, drum programming, backing vocals)

“No-one’s bottled 1980s Miami excess quite like Pelicandy” – NME

“Off-kilter sleaze that makes them sound like weird pop rather than straight-up chart filler” – Noisey

“Contagious synth pop brilliance” – The Line Of Best Fit

“Seductive hooks and dancefloor-ready grooves” – Dork

“Melodic pop-poem” – Clash

“Mesmerising melodic hooks…dreamy synths” – Earmilk

“Swaggers with the confidence of a band that have been doing this for years” – DIY

Keelan Mak – Sleep Talker

Emerging from the smoky late nights of Brisbane’s humid streets, Keelan Mak is a singer, songwriter, and producer creating a unique and sultry palette of electronic sounds.

Combining a blissful intoxicating song writing style with lush atmospheric production, Keelan seamlessly blends indie and electronic genres and combines them with his smooth, honeyed, emotional vocals and heartfelt personal storytelling.

Launching his career last year with debut single “Weigh You Down” and follow up single “Flicker“, Keelan Mak has made a mark with his sound and style. The two tracks have amassed over 500k streams, were added to major Spotify playlists (New Music Friday, Fresh Finds, Indie Arrivals and more), and has received spins on triple j unearthed, triple j, and handfuls of community radio stations.

The tracks also caught the attention of bookers and artists around Australia – leading to Mak supporting Vera Blue, E^ST, Matthew Young and Alice Ivy, as well as co-writing with some of Australia and New Zealand’s top upcoming producers including Fossa Beats, Maribelle, and SACHI, and a feature vocal on single “Wouldn’t Be The Same” from Australian electronic favourites Tora.

Recently winning the AMEX Music Backers grant, Keelan was also a finalist in the 2018 Billy Thorpe Scholarship, and was one of two hand-picked showcasing artists representing triple j unearthed at BIGSOUND 2018.

After announcing the forthcoming release of his debut EP ‘Test The Shallows’ , Keelan Mak today reveals the dark and enigmatic video for new single “Sleep Talker, a melancholic disco track which plays with garage house influences, woozy layers of synth and beats, and smooth vocal toplines.
Premiering on Notion Magazine overnight, the concept of the video centres on a lover who’s manufactured a fantasy world to escape the reality of his relationship.

The motel sets the real-life situation of two lovers meeting for a late-night rendezvous. The protagonist is quickly pulled into a hypnotic state which draws him out of the motel, stumbling towards a glowing red box within another world where he can temporarily be himself.

Lyrah – Down Low

Lyrah is a singer, songwriter and producer in San Francisco. A dark and haunting vibe drenches all of her indie pop songs and can draw the comparison of Daughter meets Halsey. She has been writing for other producers for the last few years and her recent Chemicals EP is the start of her solo path.

Following the release of her debut EP ‘Chemicals‘ earlier this year, she has earned support from a number of industry tastemakers, including the likes of EARMILK and Indie Shuffle. Also featured in popular playlists including Spotify’s Fresh Finds and Tidal’s Pop Somber. Lyrah was also handpicked by Swedish producer Axwell to feature in his personal Weekend Weapons playlist.

Lower Loveday – Chains

Lower Loveday consist of four musicians from the Heart of England with a wide range of influences from the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Blondie, The 1975 and U2. By creating an original brand of Indie Pop and combining this with a Rock n Roll edge, Lower Loveday have managed to find a unique formula of catchy pop choruses mixed with punchy basslines and muscular riffs. They’ve received plays on BBC Radio 6 Music on Tom Robinson’s BBC Introducing Mixtape with their last release and the demo of ‘Chains’ received national TV play on ITV. Lower Loveday have had massive success on the road too having supported Only The Poets on their UK tour, APRE and Rory Wynne and performing at multiple festivals through BBC Introducing has helped them cement a loyal fan base all around the UK.

The song was written from the point of view of a young man, reaching adulthood and deciding what to do with his life. Having had so much fun throughout his university years, the real world doesn’t seem as good as it is made out to be. The punchy beats and thunderous nature of the song, provide the perfect backdrop for the big, melodic chorus of a man calling out for help.

Having already played BBC Introducing stages, supported the likes of Only The Poets and APRE, and received airplay on BBC 6 Music, Indie Pop 4-piece Lower Loveday return bigger and better than ever with ‘Chains’. Their fresh track and new sound, crafted by northern production duo Sugar House, is a reinvention for the band bringing a dark grittiness to their already catchy, Indie Pop sound.

Chase Zera – Said I Would

Chase Zera has been spreading her talents across the performing arts scene since the age of six. She grew up excelling in every dance genre from commercial jazz to hip-hop and cabaret. She then began singing and writing her own original material at the age of thirteen as well as learning the piano to refine her craft.

Chase Zera was accepted into the Australian Institute of Music and studied Composition and Audio Engineering as well as attending Ableton Live School where she learned the basics of music production. This helped spark her passion for pop and electronic music and allowed her to experiment and find her signature brooding, pop-house sound.

She has also collaborated in writing and production with various artists such as Xavier Dunn, Stu Turner from Set Mo, Commandeur, Bajillionaire & GANZ.

Chase Zera’s sound can be described as upbeat and electrifying, with the addition of her airy vocals, consistent with a distinct vibrato. Her live shows are packed with high energy as Chase showcases powerful, bold choreography alongside her dancers.

‘Clovers’, the debut single by Chase Zera was premiered by Purple Sneakers on 1st March 2019. ‘Clovers’ made its mark on Spotify’s prestigious ‘New Music Fridays’, ‘House Party’, ‘Office Stereo’ and ‘Pop Edge’ playlists. The single was also played on Declan Byrne’s ‘Home and Hosed’ on Triple J and added to the Triple J Unearthed weekly podcast, charting on Triple J Unearthed in its first week of upload.

“It’s a pop anthem that works hard to showcase her songwriting abilities, vocal prowess and production skill. The complexities of the lyrical content are reflected very aptly in the hard-hitting production, and the slick sheen of this one comes through with years of experience.” – Purple Sneakers.

Amy Jo – Doing Better

Since winning North-West’s Search for A Star at only 13, Amy Jo has become no stranger to the music industry; regularly supporting big names such as Scouting for Girls, Rick Astley, Heaven 17, Alexander O’Neal and Toploader. She also performed alongside artists such as Pixie Lott, Little Mix and The Vamps for two consecutive years at Blackpool Illuminations and has recently finished touring with chart-topping band ‘The Christians’.

Amy Jo began writing songs at 13 and has since had her tracks played on BBC Introducing, BBC Radio Lancashire and BBC Radio Manchester. She also recently featured on the Women in Music segment on Indie Rocks Radio.

Keen to release her original music, Amy Jo released her first self-penned EP ‘Innocence’ at only 15 and her second EP ‘Integrity’ at only 17. She has since been releasing new tracks which she has not only written; but helped to produce and her headline show sold over 250 tickets in her hometown of Lancaster.

Thursday night of the annual Lancaster Music Festival saw eighteen-year-old singersongwriter; Amy-Jo Clough amaze a packed audience at the Penny Bank with her country-pop sound reminiscent of a young Taylor Swift. Yet, there was a twist. With her soulful, bluesy covers of Mercy by Duffy and Paolo Nutini’s Last Request as well as inclusion of her own catchy songs, she really showcased her range of talent even mastering the rap in Blackstreet’s No Diggity”, Scan Newspaper – 2015

“Amy Jo Clough is a 22-year-old singer/songwriter from Lancaster. Inspired by pop, country and RnB; her entirely self-penned, catchy songs are truly unique, relatable and enjoyable for all ages. Growing up around music, you can expect to find Amy Jo with her guitar or piano writing about the world around her; from love and heartbreak to world issues, equality and social media”.

Amy Jo is a bubbly and thoughtful character who loves to connect with audience members as well as fans of her music online. She knows how to work a crowd with honest, original music and unique renditions of popular covers that will have the audience up on their feet”.

Sugi Dakks – Black Coffee

Sugi Dakks is the brainchild of LA based Kyle Donald, a Jazz Piano Performance major, his dual interests in poetry and music merged into the pop/soul/jazz/hip hop sound that is Sugi Dakks. His blend of rap, singing, jazz piano is largely self-produced and draws inspiration from Kendrick Lamar, Anderson Paak, Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis. As a writer/producer he has upcoming cuts with Wale, DWY and Raina Rich. His early artist singles have reached over millions of plays, #1 on Hype Machine, spun on BBC Radio and supported widely by tastemakers. In 2018 his debut mixtape ‘The Business’ was recognised widely by key industry figures followed by a much touted debut EP – ‘Black Coffee’.

Ali Gilbert – Truth Be told

Ali Gilbert is a self taught Singer/Rapper/Songwriter from Tamworth West Midlands and has been performing music since the age of 18. After starting on the karaokes to build up confidence and get used to singing in front of a crowd he started to take it more seriously and move on to the open mic nights doing covers and started to learn acoustic guitar.

From his early 20’s he began performing his own gigs at local pubs clubs bars and starting to get regular bookings which boosted his confidence and sent started to make covers my own and think about getting into writing my own material.  I wrote my first song ‘Days go by’ at 22 which was has rap/vocal style vibe and set him in the direction of what genre and artist he wanted to be. Ali Gilbert has since gone on to release debut EP ‘Truth Be Told’ which includes 5 tracks based on real life personal experiences about love rejection and mental health.

After receiving recognition from local press radio stations such as Touch FM and having some success in music competitions such as Open Mic UK and Soundwaves Music Competition in which he reached the National Finals in both competitions. He has performed and headlined venues such as Cafe 1001 London The Sunflower Lounge 02 Academy 2 & 3 & 02 Institute 3 as well as the NEC Birmingham. He has recently supported the Australian Indie/Folk band The Sons Of The East on there UK/Europe Tour in May 2019. 

His main influences in music are artists such as Plan B, Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, The 1975, James Morrison, Paolo Nutini and Motown. He is due to be booked to play at music festivals in the UK in 2019/2020 and continues to write new music and hopefully release his debut Album in 2020. If you would like to follow his music and fins out more about this artist search @Ali Gilbert Music on all social media platforms also check out debut EP ‘Truth Be Told’ available to download/Stream across all stores.