Track Of The Day: Shari Vari – ‘New York City’

Brooding electronics and moody vocals fuse together on Shari Vari‘s new single ‘New York’, capturing the atmosphere of one of America’s most iconic cities. The track is taken from their new album NOW, recently released via cult label Malka Tuti.

Formed of of Helena Ratka and Sophia Kennedy, the Hamburg-based alt-electronic duo blend elements of performance art, techno, house, pop and jazz to create their dense electronic beats. Speaking about their upcoming album, the band explain:

“Time is ticking and the questions we have regarding time and action is the connecting element of the songs and tracks on NOW. There is mostly a dark connotation in [the] music and lyrics, but not without a joyful outlook, fun twists and a breeze of irony. NOW connects the individual with the social persona, while the tracks take you on a trip from the boiler room next to our studio to a chilly sunday in the park. It’s more a stream of consciousness than a conceptual decision we made”.

Why not join Shari Vari on their journey by listening to ‘New York’ below?

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Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Beckie Margaret – ‘New York’

“I’m glad if my songs help others cope…telling my story is something that really gives me strength both musically and personally” explains Essex songwriter Beckie Margaret about her latest track, ‘New York’. The talented musician has released her spellbinding single via Cool Thing Records, lamenting “the one that got away” in her trademark, heart-breaking style.

As a result of huge support from Steve Lamacq at BBC 6 Music (who made Beckie’s first single ‘Cars and Catacombs’ one of his songs of 2017) and John Kennedy at Radio X, Beckie’s music has been captivating listeners on and off the airwaves. However, the songwriter has a strong sense of where her latest single “fits”: “To me, it’s quite important that this track doesn’t fit in. I think the message of the song required something less contemporary than my previous songs. ‘New York’ was really painful to write and record, however, the painful expression of the song really became cathartic when I realised this awful thing I had been through, then stood as it’s own physical existence in a song. There was something strangely satisfying about that”.

Beckie’s resilience in the face of heartbreak is what makes listening to her music so rewarding. Even in her seemingly weakest moments, her powerful, pure vocals provide an aching relief that can be felt all the way from the end of Southend Pier in her hometown, to the lonely shores of the city she sings about. Listen to ‘New York’ below, and follow Beckie Margaret on Facebook for more updates.

Photo Credit: Andrew Delaney

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut