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Thirteen Senses

Into The Fire (Acoustic)Thirteen Senses.  Into The Fire.

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Thirteen Senses are an indie/rock band formed in Penzance, Cornwall in 2001. The current lineup is Will South (vocals, piano, guitar), Tom Welham (guitar, vocals), Adam Wilson (bass guitar) and Brendon James (drums, percussion).

Thirteen Senses have three studio albums: The Invitation (27 September 2004), Contact (2 April 2007) and Crystal Sounds (21 February 2011).

In terms of their style and sound, Thirteen Senses are quite similar to other British bands like Keane and Coldplay; but take on a wider range of influences, including Mew, Mercury Rev and a minimalist aesthetic, with their lyrics also visiting darker themes.

Bonus Song: Home (Acoustic). Crystal Sounds.

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Posted by on July 25, 2012 in Daily Song

 

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Jon McLaughlin

Beautiful DisasterJon McLaughlin. Indiana.

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Not to be confused with the jazz-rock guitarist John McLaughlin (of Mahavishnu Orchestra fame), Jon McLaughlin (born September 27, 1982) is a piano-playing pop/rock singer-songwriter from Anderson, Indiana. His debut album Indiana was released on May 1, 2007, preceded by his first EP Industry, also known as Jon McL, in February, 2007. In 2008, McLaughlin returned with lead single “Beating My Heart”, which is available on iTunes. The song is a part of his previous album called OK Now, confirmed on his official site. OK Now was released on October 7th, 2008. He gained fame with his cameo appearance in Disney’s Enchanted. Released in early September 2011 in the US, Forever If Ever is Jon’s 3rd major label release and his newest album to date. It could previously be downloaded on Amazon’s website and the compact disc bought at his personal website. However, seeing as the album will have a re-release with additional tracks and a new name “Promising Promises”, the first release has been ultimately shelved. Only the lucky early buyers have a hold of these songs until they are re-released in May 2012. The lead single preceeding the album is “Summer Is Over” featuring the singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles. It was released in late January 2012.

Bonus Song: Summer Is Over. Forever if Ever.

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Posted by on July 24, 2012 in Daily Song

 

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Andrew Belle

The LadderAndrew Belle. The Ladder

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Andrew Belle is a 27 year old singer-songwriter from Chicago, IL. Combining hook-ridden melodies and powerful vocals, Belle has become a respected name amongst young performers in the Chicago music circuit. He has performed hundreds of shows in the past 2 years; quickly becoming a favorite at Downtown Chicago’s national hot-spot ‘Rock It Bar and Grill’. Releasing his debut recording ‘All Those Pretty Lights EP’ on iTunes this fall; expect big things in the near future for this bright, young talent (http://www.briterevolution.com/artists/)

Bonus Song: Static Waves (feat. Katie Herzig). The Ladder.

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Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Daily Song

 

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Scars on 45

Heart On FireScars on 45. Scars on 45.

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Formerly known as Tendertraps, Scars On 45 is an indie/acoustic band consisting of members Danny (vocals/guitar), Aimee (vocals), Nova (piano), Stu (bass), Matt (guitar), and Chris (drums). The band originates from Leeds/Bradford in the UK. The Heart On Fire Songfacts states that after being ignored by the British music industry for a number of years, the band secured a deal with the US with Chop Shop Records, a division of Atlantic Records. The label is owned by Alexandra Patsavas, who is the music co-ordinator for Grey’s Anatomy and she chose “Heart On Fire” to promote the 2011-12 season of the ABC medical drama series.

Bonus Song: Give Me Something.

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Posted by on July 19, 2012 in Daily Song

 

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Birdy

Skinny LoveBirdy. Birdy.

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A pseudonym of Jasmine van den bogaerde, a British singer-songwriter from Lymington, Hampshire. In 2011, at the age of 14, she released a cover version of the Bon Iver song “Skinny Love”, which reached #17 on the UK Singles Chart.

According to Wikipedia, after she won the Under 18s category of the UK talent contest Open Mic UK at the age of 12, Jasmine was quickly offered a publishing contract by Good Soldier Songs Ltd, run by Christian Tattersfield, chairman of Warner Bros. Music UK.

Bonus Song: 1901.

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Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Daily Song

 

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Ben Howard

Keep Your Head UpBen Howard. Every Kingdom.

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Ben Howard (born 24 April 1987) is an English singer-songwriter, born in London. He moved to Totnes, Devon, in his teens. Howard’s musically-inclined parents exposed him at a young age to their favourite records from singer-songwriter artists such as Bob Dylan, Nina Simone and John Martyn. Howard began writing his own songs and after a short spell studying journalism, he decided in 2009 at the age of 21 to become a full-time musician. After building up a reputation with his gigs across the UK, Howard was eventually asked to sign to Island Records. His first album, Every Kingdom, was released on October 3, 2011 and debuted at #7 on the UK album chart.

He is characterised by his odd way of guitar playing. He has toured with Australian artist Xavier Rudd.

Bonus Song: Everything. Every Kingdom.

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Posted by on July 17, 2012 in Daily Song

 

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The Cinematic Orchestra

To Build A HomeThe Cinematic Orchestra. Ma Fleur.

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The Cinematic Orchestra is a U.K.-based jazz and electronic outfit, created in the late 1990s by Jason Swinscoe, which records on the Ninja Tune independent record label.

Other members include Tom Chant (saxophone), Phil France (double bass), Luke Flowers (drums), Nick Ramm (piano), Stuart McCallum (guitar); former members include Jamie Coleman (trumpet), T. Daniel Howard (drums), Alex James (piano), and Patrick “PC” Carpenter (turntables).

In both live and studio context, the Cinematic Orchestra employ a live band which improvises along with a turntablist and electronic elements such as samples provided by Swinscoe. In their studio releases Swinscoe will often remix the live source material to produce a finished product that is seamless combination of live jazz improvisation with electronics, such that it is difficult to tell where the improvisation ends and the production begins. It is worth mentioning that in the sound of the Cinematic Orchestra the role of traditional solo instruments, such as piano or wind instruments, is not the same as in traditional jazz; instead of performing intricate solos they provide a mature accompaniment environment and quite often there is more space for the drums and the double bass to have a lead role.

Bonus Song: Necrology. In Motion pt. 1 (2012).

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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Daily Song

 

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