Amy Gillespie - Wintertime (For Blue)

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From a recent favourite, to a heavenly voice I've been familiar with for a while to something brand, brand new to me. London based Amy Gillespie and the ridiculously beautiful "Wintertime (For Blue)".

Perfect for the chilly nights ahead (and armed with a warming glass of whisky) the track is crushingly pretty from the get-go with Amy's evocative vocals and some wonderfully constructed guitar lines painting the most perfect of pictures. Go listen below.

Julie Byrne #2 - Natural Blue

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One of the positives have being awol from the new music scene for quite a period of time is discovering acts you've followed have new material to immerse yourself in, that's summed up with "Natural Blue" by the exquisite Julie Byrne, her 2014 debut Rooms With Walls and Windows was one of my records of that year and if this is any indications, Julie Byrne's second record Not Even Happiness (released on January 27th Pre-order) will be one of 2017's best.

"Natural Blue" is slow drip of emotion and hushed melancholy filled with evocative guitar circles and sparse, atmospheric beauty. Majesty awaits for those unaware with a click below.

Molly Burch #3 - Try

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I doubt I'll do a 'tips for 2017' (I've really not been active enough this year to have a real handle on acts that are genuinely exciting me). If I were to do one, I can safely say Molly Burch would have been included, the heavenly "I Adore You" is probably my favourite track of the year (that or "Baby Love" by Petite Meller but that's arguably a 2015 release)...

"Try", the latest track to be taken from her debut full length album Please Be Mine out Feb 17 on Captured Tracks (and available on LP (w/ limited special edition pink here) sums up my attraction perfectly, a sumptous blend of effortless and endearing beauty which pares Molly's swoonsome vocals with rolling drums and playful guitars. 

Billie Marten - White Christmas

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It's nearly Christmas, believe me when I say I know that this time around... At work we are changing our phone systems and I'm continually on the phone to Vodafone to try and get them to action my emails (never, ever use them people), it also means I'm used to Vodafone hold music and the Buble Christmas CD.

Thankfully as this is my blog, I only post good things about Christmas, like this faithfully sweet cover of "White Christmas" from the lovely Billie Marten. Softening to the touch, go and listen below.

Muna #2 - I Know a Place

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I really like Muna, they were a real stand out at The Great Escape earlier this year, bringing instant similarities between a Haim performance at the same festival some six years or so previous. The trio's first new track since that sums up that sound perfectly, “I Know A Place" is all things 80's with its dark yet mainstream synthetic pop beat and dramatically tight  vocal harmonies. 

It's taken from the LA trio's debut album About U which is due February 3rd, expect this not to be the last you hear of that.

Ghostly Kisses #3 - Empty Note

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Hello. You may remember me. Not sure if this is an attempt at finding some motivation to continue this blog or the dying embers of its existence... We'll see I guess.

Either way, this is just gorgeous, "Empty Note" by Ghost Kisses an artist I've featured here a few times before over the past eighteen months, a serene mixture of breathtakingly intimate vocals and downtempo synths, one for a late night contemplation then...

Rodes Rollins - Young & Thriving

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I'll be honest, I pressed play on this track purely because Stella from Warpaint plays drums on it. It's not actually what I was expecting from knowing that beforehand either, I was expecting to hear her do some wizardry like I've seen so many times before, instead "Young & Thriving" by  LA/NY singer Rodes Rollins is restrained and otherworldly, a Tarantino-esque introduction that soon makes way to the sort of dreamy psychedelia that made Marika Hackman's early material so compelling, a web of intoxicating guitars and beautiful vocals that makes Rodes Rollins shoot straight onto many 'ones to watch' lists. 

Jagara - Let Me Go

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It was as long ago as July 2014 when I first featured London sister trio Jagara here (well Jagaara, an "A" seems to have been dropped), a smouldering track named "Faultline" which soon became their then signature sound, a brooding atmosphere, filled with shimmering guitars and beautifully smooth vocal harmonies.

Since mid 2015 the band have taken some time away from the spotlight but Jagara returned last week with "Let Me Go", their most thrilling track to date.  Of course, the heavenly vocals remain but there's these glistening synths throughout which add a glistening, 80's edge which builds and builds and you can almost picture yourself inside a Rocky-esque montage. I love it.