A gorgeous new song from the equally gorgeous James Morrison.
I wasn’t so keen on his previous single, Up, which featured Jessie J – although I can’t quite put my finger on why. However, in One Life James is back to doing what he does best. I would even argue that it is his strongest single since You Make it Real, way back in 2008. It’s certainly the best since Broken Strings (2009, featuring Nelly Furtado).
It’s the kind of ballad that could sound cheesy if sang by someone else, but Jame’s husky voice keeps it sounding that little bit more edgy. Thank goodness.
I’ve been meaning to talk about these guys for a while now.
French Films are an alternative surf-pop band from Helsinki, Finland – an unlikely location for surf inspired music, I know! They have a very similar sound to The Drums, but are perhaps (dare I say it?) slightly better.
I’m not sure if Escape in the Afternoon is one of their newest songs as such, but it’s wonderful, take a listen!
Pure rock goodness.
Chevy Thunder is the unbelievably catchy current single from Spector, a great band who I’ve only recently become aware of. It’s a good job they’re brilliant too, as I get to see them (as well as the Horrors!) support Florence & the Machine at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff tomorrow! Very excited right now!
Anyway, back to Spector. They were in the long-list for the BBC Sound of 2012 poll, were mentioned as part of NME’s Cool List, and have been rated by various other authorities of music taste. Comparisons have also been drawn between them and fantastic bands such as The Vaccines and The Strokes. Needless to say, great things are expected from Spector!
Okay, so I had to do a post featuring Ben Howard, as I’m pretty much in love with him. He’s phenomenal.
Ben Howard’s a folk/rock singer-songwriter from Devon who’s been becoming more and more prolific in the UK since last summer. He writes the kind of songs that make you yearn for a summer’s day, and his lyrics show the most beautiful command of the English language. There is something very captivating and moving about each and every one of his songs.
Below is the video for The Wolves, which was originally released early last summer but has recently been re-released… enjoy!