LISTEN: The Other Ones – ‘On Top Of Me’

Why should a song about feeling sad make you feel bad? With ‘On Top Of Me’, The Other Ones have created a storming pop-punk anthem about struggling with their demons. 

The lyrics explore the band’s feelings of despair and being utterly overwhelmed. Yet, when coupled with bouncy guitars and soaring vocals, the result is empowering and uplifting. This is the song I needed to hear in my teenage bedroom; it’s about owning your feelings and showing them who’s boss. It’s like a suit of armour, or a battle-cry, for anyone who’s having a tough time.  

Of the track, the band explain:

It’s about getting it out in the hope that you will feel less alone in this… We are all feeling it, and sometimes, you ask yourself ‘what is wrong with me?‘”

Having been in the band’s set for over six months, the band were keen to release ‘On Top Of Me’ now to reach even more people at what is a really difficult time. They will celebrate the release with a charity show for Mind UK as soon as they can – and we can’t wait. If they can capture so much energy on record, their live show is going to be a treat!

Listen to ‘On Top Of Me’ here:

 

Vic Conway

Photo Credit:  Keira-Anee Photography

LISTEN: Siân Alexander – ‘Blizz’

Having previously charmed our ears as vocalist of Gold Baby, songwriter Siân Alexander has now shared her first solo material. In the spring of 2018 Siân tied an acoustic guitar, a keyboard, a suitcase and a flute to a folding trolley and made the long commute by tube, train, ferry and bus from London to County Wicklow in Ireland to write an album. And she has now shared the first single from the album.

Oozing a blissful, melancholic aura, ‘Blizz’ flows with twinkling melodies alongside Siân’s luscious smooth vocals. With a shimmering emotion and folk-strewn musicality, it’s a beautiful, contemplative ballad with a gritty edge; a simply spellbinding, goosebump-inducing, introduction to this solo collection.

Listen to ‘Blizz’ here:

 

Siân has committed to producing and releasing one song from the solo album each month. ‘Blizz’ will be followed by ‘Henry’ on the 18th of June, with all ten tracks due to be released before the year is out.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: @zeashanashraf

LISTEN: Amaroun – ‘Alive’

Having received acclaim from the likes of BBC 6Music and The Line Of Best Fit, upcoming artist Amaroun’s second single, ‘Alive’, featuring Mansa, is a banger that uplifts.

In the very first strains of the tune, Amaroun’s propulsive vocals chant “I feel alive!”, whilst later, they sing about letting go and persevering through storms and fears; celebrating every moment in life. Set to glitchy and trippy clave-like rhythms, ‘Alive’ creates a majestic soundscape, pulsing with simple bass drum hits, before Mansa sends us out of the song with a rap on his own come-up. A stirring, uplifting accompaniment to these strange times.

Amaroun is a project by producer and songwriter Jay Brown. They have worked with Charlie Andrew (Alt-J/London Grammar/Marika Hackman) and collaborate with Charles Watson, Benin City, Francobollo, Boris Labant and Adam Betts.

 

‘Alive’ is out now. Listen on Spotify.

Aisha Kasmir
@aisha_vocal

Video Premiere: Saachi Sen – ‘Flaunt’

Having charmed us with the twinkling musicality of previous single ‘Dark’, as well as playing to a crowd of 10,000 people at last year’s London Pride, Mumbai-born Londoner Saachi Sen has now returned to grace our ears with her brand new single.

Filled with beautifully lilting melodies and plenty of sunny vibes, ‘Flaunt’ flows with Sen’s rich, honey-sweet vocals as she sings with a shimmering heartfelt emotion. A “cute pop song about having a trophy boyfriend”, it’s just an utterly uplifting and totally charming offering, oozing a gentle soothing splendour; a perfect antidote to these uncertain times.

Of the track, Sen explains:

I feel like there are many songs from a male perspective that focus on getting an attractive female partner and then being able to brag about it. I’ve rarely come across similar songs from a woman’s point of view – and there’s a wider stereotype that women approach relationships in an emotional and dramatic way. Flaunt challenges that. Ultimately I just wrote how I was feeling, and ended up with something light-hearted, playfully superficial and totally drama-free.”

Watch the home-made live video for ‘Flaunt’ now:

Mari Lane
@marimindles