Brisbane songwriter Jarryd James has been blowing up Down Under thanks to the success of soulful singles like “Give Me Something” and “Do You Remember”, both taken off his debut album, Thirty One (Dryden St/Universal). Released in September 2015, the 12-track release features collaborations with talented producers Malay (Frank Ocean), Joel Little (Lorde/Broods), Pip Norman (Troye Sivan), as well as long-time friend Matt Corby.
The young singer/songwriter, who almost gave up on his music career a few years ago after failing to gain attention, said it was a summer tour with Angus & Julia Stone that revived him and got things started. Now back in the biz, James is ready to share his unique and captivating compositions with the world. Based on his stunning silky vocals and a mix of ambient beats and sparse neo-soul soundscapes, his soulful songs are a testament to his dedication, great artistry and knack for melody.
Jarryd James - Do You Remember (Live @ Triple J)
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Gabriel Ríos was born in Puerto Rico but relocated to Belgium at a young age to make music and study painting. After fifteen years and three albums he decided to move to New York in 2011 for what would become a 3-year songwriting adventure in the city. For one year between October 2013-2014, he decided to share one new song a month with his fans via his website and the first song “Gold” was an instant hit, which gave the project a good start in Europe.
A dance remix version of the same song, made independently by Australian producer Thomas Jack, went viral, opening new doors and unexpectedly introducing Gabriel Ríos to a new audience that might not have discovered his music otherwise.
Ríos’s fourth studio album, This Marauder’s Midnight, was released in late 2014 in Belgium/Netherlands/Luxembourg and May 2015 in the rest of the world. It is available in physical stores and online.
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Four years after her debut album Trapdoor, French indie folk artist Madjo is back with new single “Choose the Heart”. Influenced by artists such as Beck, Fiona Apple or Antony & The Johnsons, Madjo is a classically-trained violinist but the instrument that stands out in her compositions is her voice. Reminiscent of the great female voices in jazz music, Madjo’s warm and honest voice delivers heartfelt lyrics that always hit home.
“Choose the Heart” is taken off Madjo’s brand new sophomore album Invisible World, self-released on March 2nd. The young singer songwriter spent three years on the road playing, sharpening, purifying her music to the bone and then she decided to retire to her childhood home in the French Alps to write her album. This album seems to come directly out of the mountains and conjurs up forgotten sounds and echoes that resonate and vibrate deep down within.
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Husband and wife duo Amarante, aka Jysi and Josh Hewitt, have been creating, recording and producing their music themselves in Fresno, CA, since 2011. Their new album Udana Prana opens the door to new musical directions, adding touches of folk and hints of acoustic pop to their subdued ambient sound.
Amarante - The Manic
Backed by echoing guitars and understated drums, Josh and Jysi’s perfectly harmonised vocals create a warm and intimate ambiance, effortlessly drawing the listener deep into their lyrical world. Whether listening to the whole album or playing selected songs on repeat, the duo’s twinkling melodies, occasional flourishes of vocal splendor and utter sincerity are sure to delight even the most discerning
For more info, go to Amarante’s Facebook. Stream Udana Prana on SoundCloud or get your own copy on their Bandcamp.
Sydney-based folk duo The Falls are Simon and Melinda. They met a few years ago at Hotel Hollywood in Surry Hills, they fell in love, they wrote songs, they fought, they made up, they broke up, they wrote songs. Almost subconsciously, they documented their whole relationship in their songs: the love, the betrayal, the heartbreak…
The Falls - Home
On their little tascam 4-track portastudio, they captured the fragility of their hearts, creating warm heartfelt songs that would later lead to the Hollywood EP. Recorded in late 2011 and produced by Tony Buchen (Old Man River, Andy Bull, WIM, Washington), The Falls’ debut EP is a well-rounded collection of tunes, equally influenced by Neil Young, Simon & Garfunkel and Fleetwood Mac.
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