Tom James – Thrilling, virtuosic and full of passion, yet so familiar that it becomes difficult to escape his attraction. Tom captures audiences with deep emotional lyrics as well as turbulent, compelling guitar forged sounds. The success of the ‘Blood to Gold’ Ep in late 2014 lead to extensive headline tours and festival appearances in
Europe and South Africa, alongside support slots for International headliners including James Bay, The 1975 and Nahko & Medicine for the People. Created in transition, the first movements of the ‘Limbo’ E.P took place in 2015. Recording between Frankfurt, Cape Town and Cornwall during short periods off the road, allowed the assimilation of cultural influence along the way. The result is an E.P that explores an expansive and diverse soundscape, whilst telling a story of confinement and uncertainty on both a personal and universal scale. With the help of Brinley Hall, Philip Rittmannsperger (Lui Hill) and Mark Sikele (Native Young), the Falmouth-born singer excels himself again by developing a unique sound and takes another step towards establishing himself as a singular artist in the singer-songwriter scene.
OLD SEA BRIGADE
There’s an old-ages discolouring to the music of Old Sea Brigade that belies the tender years of its creator, appearing sepia-drenched and sleight of frame as his country-esque ballads quietly breathe life in to otherwise listless January days. The new, self-titled, EP is proof of this; a quiet set of songs performed with heart-worn luster that makes for a five-track journey that instantly feels like, albeit solemn, escapism.
Ben Cramer’s voice is chief protagonist, his warming lyrics feeling the central character at the centre of it all. Imbuing this lone voice is an often gorgeous collection of instrumental waves, from softly plucked guitars to shuffling, underlying throbs of percussion.
Er schreibt auf Deutsch. Er singt auf Deutsch. Und irgendwie tut er beides anders, als man es sonst so kennt. Das Hauptaugenmerk seiner Musik liegt auf der richtigen Mischung aus durchdachten Texten und urbanen Sounds. Jede UpTempo-Nummer braucht eine Message und jede Ballade muss grooven. Ein Singer-Songwriter der etwas anderen Art und ein wahres Kind des Souls – das ist Daniel Abozen.