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Lauren Aquilina – “Forest Fires”

3 Apr

Lauren Aquilina

When receiving an email that just says ‘I’m starting Forest Fires’, we imagine most people will call the authorities and try to avert a disaster. We’re not wired that way (we’re not 100% sure if that’s a good thing or not actually) and instead we thought, ‘oooh, sounds interesting, what does this link do?’. Thankfully this was not a cry for help, or a random warning of a forthcoming act of arson, no, it was an email from an 18 year old singer songwriter from Windsor and the link was to a heavenly and heavily emotive piano ballad that hit us like a sledgehammer to the soul.

Lauren Aquilina is quite the prodigious talent, having already headlined the BBC Introducing stage at last year’s Reading festival, she has just released her third EP, Liars – which followed Fools and Sinners previously. She also has quite the voice, as she showed all the way back in 2011 with her rich and delicate cover of Oleta Adams’ ”Get Here”. Now, with “Forest Fires”, she’s released a track that will bring a tear to your eye.

Simple, elegant and so very poignant, “Forest Fires” is a tale for the silent masses that suffer day in, day out, fighting a battle with our own psyche that we can never win. For each of us who think so little of ourselves that we are convinced the world thinks even less, yet paradoxically can only ever believe that the pain or anguish of a loved one is our fault. It is for those of us who have no sense of self belief or self worth, so we just sit and watch as our world crumbles around us.

Normally at this point we would be espousing imagery and visual metaphors for the song we were writing about. We could do that here, we could say something about it being like a vast empty room, bathed in darkness and that Lauren’s voice soars and cracks in equal measure, heavy with emotion and torment like a single beam of light, broken by dust and splinters of wood in the roof, shining down on a lonely figure.

We could do this, and really we just did, but actually for once, we just want you to listen to the song. Honestly, it might not do anything for you, it might not be your thing at all and that is fine. But it hit a nerve here and as Lauren sings the faint, brittle coda of ”who would ever want to be around me?”, we could feel our heart breaking.

”Forest Fires” features on Lauren’s latest EP, ‘Liars’, which is out now and available to buy from iTunes. Lauren is also on tour in May and across the summer, all dates can be found here.


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Blogathon: Casitas – “Gold”

1 Feb

Casitas

Goodness, it almost feels like we are running out of time all of a sudden with only 2 hours left. 2 hours! Can you believe it, we’ve been blogging for 22 hours straight and while our body and eyes ache and our brain has turned to mush, we still feel pretty good. We’d feel better with a few more donations so we’re sure you’ll be able to help with that.

As the sun comes up it’s time to throw back the curtains and let in the light. That’s exactly what we are doing right now with help from was-Devon-now-London five piece, Casitas and their fairground of bright colours, rides that make you scream and sugar filled candy floss to make you want to run around and do it all again.

Their latest track, “Gold”, is bursting with upbeat effervescence, passion and energy. It’s the little blue pill of indie-pop as it just keeps going and going, getting bigger and faster all the time before reaching a satisfactory conclusion for everyone. Hmmm, that’s probably a bit too much for 8am but we haven’t slept for over 24 hours, we think we can be excused.

Take a listen, have a boogie, get your credit card out and make a donation to Cancer Research via the button below. You’ll feel even better about yourself than if you’d actually taken a little blue pill.


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Blogathon: The Open Club – “I’m Thinking Of You”

1 Feb

The Open Club

We’re properly on the final straight of our mammoth 24 hour blogathon now with less than 3 hours to go. There’s still plenty to get through in that time as we try and rouse ourselves for one last push and we’re going to start with something a little bit Russian. Yep, in our random rambles through the dark recesses of the internet we came across this little known indie band from Moscow, The Open Club.

As well as the music, we have good reason for choosing this song, for “I’m Thinking Of You” is taken from their second EP release from last year, 24 Hours. How serendipitous is that?

On “I’m Thinking Of You”, gentle indie guitar sounds bounce around like light refracting in a shallow sea; opening up as they lap against the shore of a secluded cove of dark vocals. There is an immediate and accessible quality to it that no doubt comes from The Open Club’s 90’s Melody Maker friendly influences.

It’s quite a nice listen over a number of plays, though we’ve not quite managed to get it on repeat for the full 24 hours.

Speaking of which, we’re almost done now and as we push towards the end, it would be great to have another rush of donations. Even just £1 would be fantastic as it all goes to Cancer Research. Just hit the big button at the bottom of this post and donate. It’ll make us happy if you do.


This post was written as part of a 24 Hour Sponsored Blogathon for Cancer Research. If you liked this post or just want to help support an important charity, please sponsor us. Just £1 can help make a difference. You can sponsor us here or by clicking the big button below. Thank you for your support.



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Blogathon: White Royal – “False Widow”

1 Feb

White Royal

It’s late, the small hours are upon us and we are in need of something laid back and glowing with a bewitching luminescence to soothe our aches and pains and caress our mind. Enter stage north, White Royal, a Leeds based three-piece who specialise in just the very sound we are looking for right now.

Josh, Jonty and Tom have just released “False Widow” online and it is a gloriously dreamy three minutes of guitar and electronic loveliness. It’s a cool ambient track shining its softness on us like a moonrise over a still lake. The silhouette of vocal is broken only by the ebbing ripples of guitar and the clouds of emotion passing overhead, casting a fleeting shadow across the countryside before the pale moon of the song shines out once more. Bathing us in a sheen of gentle, majestic beauty.


This post was written as part of a 24 Hour Sponsored Blogathon for Cancer Research. If you liked this post or just want to help support an important charity, please sponsor us. Just £1 can help make a difference. You can sponsor us here or by clicking the big button below. Thank you for your support.



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Blogathon: Eutony – “Spectrum”

1 Feb

Eutony

Hailing from sunny Hertfordshire, Eutony is a new four piece band that may or may not be named after a method of self-development established in Denmark. We doubt it somehow. We do know that they have some of the best names we’ve seen in music for a while comprising as they do Ken Petalcorin, Jacob Cable, Callum Alder and Erin Valenzuela. And, if that wasn’t enough, they also list ‘jar of rice’ as one of their instruments.

Yes, a jar of rice.

Currently working on an EP, their debut tune “Spectrum” is a lively piece of electronic infused indie-rock, with elements of Two Door Cinema Club meshed in there for good measure. It’s full of energy like a primary school sports day, where the events are more geared to fun than competition. The guitar bounces against vocals in a sack race while the jar of rice is the egg on a bouncing spoon of rhythm and youthful exuberance. Exuberance which “Spectrum” has in abundance and which we feel a little bit low on right now (with nine hours still left to write), good job we can play it to help lift our spirits.

We’re off to dance around the kitchen while the kettle boils, you listen and donate to Cancer Research.


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