VIDEO PREMIERE: BLAB – ‘R.I.P’

A savage combination of wicked guitar riffs, sardonic vocals and witty lyrics, Essex-based artist BLAB has shared her debut single ‘R.I.P’. Released today (3rd July) via Cool Thing Records, the track is a cathartic expression of personal frustration designed to help listeners move past their lingering resentments.

“Being able to express anger in an unfiltered way can be super super healthy, as long as you’re not hurting others” explains Frances Murray – aka BLAB. ON ‘R.I.P’ she playfully rips through her unresolved anguish, turning it into an indie-pop, punk-infused anthem. “To me, it feels like a reclamation of power to be able to freely express my anger from that time in my life. It’s such a bold statement that it had to be the first single; it’s like opening a can of worms and a firework coming at you instead!”

The accompanying video for ‘R.I.P’ was shot by Murray during isolation and playfully reflects both the frustrations explored in the track, and the restrictions the lockdown has imposed on artists. BLAB won’t be held back by these things though, and ‘R.I.P’ is a hectic debut from this emerging new talent.

Follow BLAB on Facebook and for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Amaroun – ‘Scarlet’

Following the poignant power of ‘Rise’ and following acclaim from the likes of BBC 6Music and BBC Introducing, GIHE fave Jay Brown – aka Amaroun – has now shared the latest in a string of singles that she’s releasing each month of 2020.

With each single so far touching on a different theme surrounding life as a queer woman, ‘Scarlet’ is a love song, reflecting on Jay’s “obsession” with  red-heads and the story of how her and her partner met. Oozing a gentle romanticism and subtle playful wit, it’s propelled by immense pounding beats and uptempo glitchy hooks as Amaroun switches between soulful refrains and fast-paced spoken-word lyricism. With a sunny, danceable groove and glistening energy, ‘Scarlet’ reflects Amaroun’s ability to tackle any genre and make it truly her own. An instantly uplifting slice of alt-pop, its luscious scintillating vibes will have you hooked on first listen.

Listen to ‘Scarlet’ now and keep your ears peeled for further releases from Amaroun throughout the rest of the year!

 

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Introducing Interview: Lauran Beth

Having kick-started her musical career on YouTube, with a great popularity of videos of her performing impressive covers, Irish artist Lauran Beth has since been captivating listeners with her dreamy alt-pop, and has previously received acclaim from the likes of Hot Press for her debut ‘Just Breathe’.

Lauran’s poignant new single ’11 Years’ offers a shimmering reflection on climate change and its effects, oozing her luscious rich vocals and twinkling pop melodies. We caught up with her to find out more…

Hi Lauran Beth, welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hey! I’m a 17 year old singer-songwriter from Offaly, Ireland. My music is mainly pop, but I am influenced by everything!

How did you initially start creating music?
Growing up, my family was quite musical – especially my da. I began playing traditional Irish music when I was seven, but didn’t discover my real passion until I asked for a guitar for Christmas when I was eleven. My da taught me the basics, and the rest is history! I wrote my first proper song ‘Thoughts’ in my bedroom when I was fourteen, and that’s when I discovered my love for songwriting.

Your new single ’11 Years’ is out now – can you tell us what it’s all about?
’11 Years’ is about climate change and the need for society to take it more seriously. As people, we have grown to become selfish in terms of our own wellbeing and indifferent to the needs of plants and animals. ’11 Years’ expresses my personal fears in relation to climate change, as well as the opinion of a need for change. 

You’ve been compared to the likes of KT Tunstall and Orla Gartland, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
I listen to a bit of everything, but I would say main influences at the minute would have to be Avril Lavigne, Melanie Martinez and The 1975. I love artists who are not afraid to be bold in terms of expressing themselves and their projects, and who break social barriers.

In ‘normal’ times, how is your local music scene? Do you go to see lots of live music?
Growing up in a village has really restricted me from seeing many people play live close to home. However, there are some really cool local artists like Jack Keeshan and James Mckelvey who are extremely talented! I’d love to see more music being played in my area.

And what can fans expect from your live shows?
I love to play live, and I hope that people who come to the shows feel like they are safe and belong, as the world can be a scary place at times.

As we’re a new music focused site, are there any new/upcoming bands or artists you’d recommend we check out?
There are loads of cool artists on the label that I am on, which is the Beardfire Music label. Artists like KTG, Martin McDonnell, Zoe Clarke, Michael T, Moylan and HappyBdayDaniel are so talented and definitely deserve more attention.

And how do you feel the music industry is for new bands at the moment – would you say it’s difficult to get noticed?
I think that that this era is the best for sharing music as there is a huge presence on social media, which makes it easier for people to share projects. However, people can sometimes be reluctant to investigate new music, so that can make things hard. 

Finally, what does the rest of 2020 have in store for Lauran Beth?
I’m really looking forward to picking my brain and writing more music. Hopefully I can record more soon, but I am really excited to grow as a musician and songwriter. 

Huge thanks to Lauran for answering our questions! 

’11 Years’ is out now via Beardfire Music.

Introducing Interview: Koza

Having made the move from Istanbul to London in order to follow in the footsteps of her musical idols, emerging pop artist Koza recently released her second, dreamy single ‘Hold My Breath’.

We caught up with Koza to find out about her journey so far… 

Hi Koza, welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a bit about when you initially decided to start making music?
Hi, thank you for having me! My passion for music and writing goes a long way back. If I had to pinpoint a defining moment, I would say definitely my high school years when I first joined a band and performed on stage. It was the scariest moment of my life, but also the most amazing experience. I had already been writing songs, but there was something about being able to perform them and connect with an audience. That became the dream. 

What inspired you to make the move from Istanbul to London in order to pursue a career in music?
After graduating from high school, I really didn’t know how to proceed to a career in music. All I knew then was that I wouldn’t be satisfied with doing gigs with function bands at weekends, or just singing covers. I wanted to write and sing my own songs, about things that mattered to me – I wanted to sing my own truths. I started writing in English, which came naturally to me because of all my influences growing up. This was part of the reason why I wanted to move to London, so I could explore music in a specific language. The music industry in Turkey didn’t have many established artists writing original songs, and nothing in English, so it didn’t make much sense to me. London, on the other hand, had everything that I was after; the writers, the venues and the culture which I had grown up listening to and loving. The decision to leave my studies in Istanbul and move to London was a tough one but I’m so glad I did it. It’s been tough trying to adapt to a new culture, but it’s helped me grow in ways which I would have never imagined.

Which bands or artists would you consider to be your biggest musical influences?
Growing up I found myself drawn to songs which gave me new perspectives on storytelling or song structure; I really loved Alanis Morissette for this reason. She is an amazing lyricist and her songs are so powerful in their vulnerability. Madonna is another big influence – I mean, I think we can all agree that she is one of the ultimate pop-stars. Then of course Kate Bush – she’s my number 1! I think she’s so eccentric, effortlessly cool and such a talented musician and poet. Her musical language is unique to her and that makes her an amazing artist. My other favourites growing up included Fleetwood Mac, Alicia Keys, Duman, Teoman, No Doubt, Prince, Depeche Mode and The Cure. 

You recently released your dreamy second single, ‘Hold My Breath’. Can you tell us a bit about the inspiration behind the lyrics?
The inspiration was the feeling which I got every time that I thought I was maybe falling in love. I mean, maybe I did fall in love every time… “there are all kinds of love in this world, but never the same love twice.” I don’t know if that makes sense, but every moment of love feels so magical. It’s like that feeling you get when you meet someone and think “maybe?”. These lyrics might be my rawest ones yet, I didn’t change them at all after I wrote them. They were written in a very authentic and joyous moment, and I wanted to write down that feeling and make a song which reflected that.

In ‘normal’ times, how is your local music scene? Do you have a favourite local venue?
I live in Notting Hill and yes, we have a small but very satisfying music scene. Notting Hill Arts Club has always been a favourite. Another place that’s been around for a couple of years now is Laylow, our cool neighbourhood hangout; it’s introduced me to many new artists.

Although it is rather difficult to be making plans at the moment, what are you hoping to have achieved by the end of 2020?
Like you mentioned, it’s a bit tricky right now! My plan was to release two more singles before the year ends. However, quarantine has been very fruitful for me and I am now considering finishing an EP in the same time frame. Either way, I will continue to release music and hopefully start doing live shows from late September. I am very excited to sing my new songs because they’re really special in a way that they will allow me to connect with more people than I ever have done before as an artist. It will hopefully lead to some collaborations with musicians/writers I have not yet had the chance to work with.

Thanks so much to Koza for answering our questions! 

‘Hold My Breath’ is out now. Listen here: