Tag Archives: Piano

Lilla Vargen – “This Is Love”

21 Jan

Lilla Vargen

Often we find ourselves confronted with an artist about whom next to nothing is known. This is often by design, an attempt to add mystery and intrigue by the artist / PR / label etc. In these instances we tend to ramble in our opening paragraph about how frustrating it is, moan a little (half seriously) about having nothing to work with, before eventually moving on to the song itself. Rarely, very rarely, do we feel that actually artists just sending out a song themselves and leaving it at that are absolutely the right thing to do. This is one of those rare times.

With a piano ballad as beautiful and emotional as “This Is Love”, Lilla Vargen was bang on the money to just send it and be done. Right now we don’t care who she is, where she is from or if she has been in any other bands before, it is all about this amazing voice, this gorgeously evocative melody and the simple magnificence of the song.

We are big fans of the multi-layered production found in electro-pop, of dreamy synth sounds and of hard grinding rock. We love a beat we can tap our foot to, nod our head to or lose our shit to. But most of all, we are big fans of beauty in music, of melodies and lyrics that touch you, that evoke an emotional response in you and that stay with you.

Lilla Vargen has delivered that in spades with an exquisite debut. Who needs to know anything else?


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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: A gift from Box of Light – “Summer (piano version)”

31 Jan

Box of Light Summer

As well as the amount of sponsorship we’ve received from so many wonderful and supportive people, we have been touched by the generosity of artists and labels who have been in touch offering us something special to post as part of our 24 hour charity Blogathon.

So far we have had the World Premiere of the new Yumi Zouma track, a special mixtape from Avec Sans and an exclusive and revealing interview with Public Service Broadcasting (conducted this afternoon). There’s more to come as well later tonight and into the small hours including right now, with this special present from Norwich’s own Box of Light.

We’ve spoken before about how we seem to be intrinsically linked with Box of Light after giving them their debut live gig at our debut Alphabet Bands Presents… evening last July. Since then they have gone from strength to strength and could well by one of those bands that just breaks out of nowhere to suddenly be everywhere. We wouldn’t be surprised at all if that happened as they have a lovely nostalgic feel to their summery pop sounds, cracking tunes and great vocals.

And it is the vocals that are showcased in their special gift to us, a free download of an elegant piano version of their track, “Summer”.

We say free, Box of Light have given this to us to give away on the understanding that anyone who downloads the track donates at least £1 to our Just Giving page in return.

A bargain in every respect. Details of how to download are below. Thank you and thanks to Box of Light for being so generous.


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