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‘D’ is for… Ginny Dix

22 Jun

The second entrant into our Alphabet Bands class of 2017 is something of a special moment for us. Special because it involves someone who has become a big friend of the site over the last couple of years, someone we have seen evolve and improve exponentially and someone who we believe is just so incredibly talented.

Our first encounter with Ginny Dix came about when the indie-rock band she was fronting at the time, Freyr, reached the final of Norwich’s Next Big Thing competition. It was clear then that she was good and the band put on a cracking show to much acclaim. Guitar based thrashing out was not to be in her future though and her Freyr tenure would soon end.

From then on she has set out to find herself as a solo artist. Collaborations and study have followed and in the last 18months or so it feels like the real Ginny is coming through. Not only that, but each new release, each new show, everything is showing her development, her growing confidence and improvement. Her latest track, “Grow”, is a further example of how damn exciting and accomplished she is becoming.

The soft, ebbing electronics and the beautiful, heartfelt vocals entwine to create a gorgeous, mellifluous track that is both soothing and deeply emotive. There is a Shura-esque vibe to the 80s influenced synth lines and heartfelt vocals that is simply divine and as the bassline kicks in you will want to sway gently in time. It’s delicately infectious, with a melody and chorus that will run through your head for days. It’s accompanying coming of age – kids in the 80s going on an adventure – video is absolutely note perfect for the song.

Elsewhere “Woman” further showcases the heart and depth of Ginny’s songwriting as well as the emotive and delicate soulfulness of her vocal. It is so fragile yet so beautiful, it is exactly the sort of thing that filmmakers should be using to underscore any majorly emotional moment. It’s the sort of song that tears flow to. Similarly, the elegant piano arrangement of “Run Away” and Ginny’s vocal make it an eyes-closed-head-swaying listen.

Her voice is beautiful, her songwriting is heartfelt and sincere, her compositions and arrangements are gorgeous. Her development over the last couple of years has been incredible and if she keeps going there is no limit to what she could achieve. Keep your ears and eyes open, Ginny Dix could well be a name you hear a lot more of in the future. For now, we are delighted to welcome her as a member of the Alphabet Bands class of 2017.

”Grow” is out now and available to buy on iTunes.

Get to know Ginny Dix: Facebook / Twitter

Slowdim – “Run Away”

27 Feb

Slow Dim

We have found, as we get older, that our memory is not what it once was. For example, we can forget telephone conversations we have just had mere moments after having them, or things we were supposed to do, like send emails in a timely manner (sorry everyone we owe them to by the way). So really, it came as no surprise when we started listening to the latest demo/idea/beginning (they call it a pop art demo) from Slowdim and had no idea when or why we started following them on Soundcloud.

Of course, the obvious answer to the question of why we started is because they are very good and that’s certainly supported by the two minutes of “Run Away”, a new idea, they say, that might get extended.

We certainly hope it does, as we really love its gentle dreaminess. It opens with gentle sepia tinted guitar plucks as it takes you through a forgotten window of nostalgia. Grubby from the long lost years, it leads to a place where wooden mice and clockwork woodpeckers might sit gathering dust on a shelf, waiting for imagination to awaken them. It’s an escape to somewhere altogether more innocent and magical where you can stay awhile and play before leaving it behind as the track ends.

So yeah, we’d love for Slowdim to extend “Run Away” a little more, if only so we can stay and play a little longer. We wouldn’t forget it if they did…

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