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May 2, 2014

Introducing: Ezra Vine

The problem with really great songs is that eventually, they get derided by sections of the public for becoming ubiquitous and inescapable. A victim of their own pop nous, the sheen is perceived to have been removed; worn down by constant radio rotation and drunken festival singalongs. This is rarely the artist’s fault, of course, their only crime being the composing of some lyrics and music that connect with people en masse. In any case, they’re probably not complaining.

This context is important though when talking about Antipodean (Auckland/Sydney based) newcomer Ezra Vine. With his track “Celeste” (the only one available online currently), there’s a feeling that he has the potential to join the illustrious ranks of artists who reap the consequences of having written a breakthrough song.

Taking the best parts of bands like The Beach Boys, Fleet Foxes and Of Monsters And Men, Vine has created something that comes across like Empire Of The Sun or Vance Joy at their potent best. A heady mix, of course, and the track itself buzzes along with a rich enthusiasm and vibrancy, aided by some rigid, floor-tom heavy percussion, hand-claps and some memorable harmonies. It screams summer and everything one associates with this golden season, and clocking in at just over three-and-a-half minutes, its journey to tastemaker radio playlists everywhere seems preordained.

Vine is currently in the UK, primed to play a series of festivals, including Live At Leeds tomorrow (19:00 at The Wardrobe) at The Great Escape in Brighton next Friday 9th (15:15 at The Spiegel Tent and 20:30 at The Festival Hub Stage). If you’re at either gathering, head on down to witness the early stages of someone we’re highly likely to be hearing plenty more of over the next year or so.

Article source: http://laissezfaireclub.com/2014/05/introducing-ezra-vine/

May 1, 2014

Introducing: Eliza Shaddad

We first came across London based singer-songwriter Eliza Shaddad at an acoustic night in a Shoreditch basement in early 2013. Despite the slightly incongruous setting, it was clear from the charm and charisma in her performance that she was onto something. Fast forward a year and a bit, and a lot has happened – no doubt much writing, recording, as well as success with the chart-topping Clean Bandit, whose forthcoming debut album she features on as a vocalist. One manifestation of this additional life experience comes in the form of a sparkling new EP, entitled “Waters”.

The title track, released online yesterday, displays an unwavering confidence, a deadly focused delivery, and crucially, a very strong understanding of what makes for a captivating pop song – all particularly notable given the still very formative stage of her solo career. Aided by the production of Chris Bond (Ben Howard), the brooding verses coupled with a searing hook really demands the listener’s attention.

As far as where Shadadd sits in the current field of first name-second names, on this evidence she’s up there with the frontrunners: RHODES (who she’s supported recently), Annie Eve and Sophie Jamieson. Perhaps, she’s the UK’s answer to the much lauded Brooklyn-based, Jagjaguwar-signed songstress Sharon Van Etten, someone who’s also forging a career through the medium of organic, no-nonsense, heart-on-sleeve songs delivered with panache.

The “Waters” EP is out on Beatnik Creative on 16 June (pre-order here). For those attending next week’s Great Escape Festival in Brighton, fortuitously, you’ll be able to catch Eliza performing a live set on our stage at Latest Music Bar on Saturday 10 May, from 10:45pm.

Article source: http://laissezfaireclub.com/2014/05/introducing-eliza-shaddad/

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