PREMIERE: Lewin – ‘Sorrow’

Ahead of the release of her upcoming debut album, songwriter and musician Jara Holdert, aka Lewin, has now shared her poignant new single.

Written while she was still in a relationship with her muse and producer Aaron Ahrends, ‘Sorrow’ imagines how her love might leave her. Filled with shimmering melodies and the impassioned rich tone of Holdert’s soaring vocals, it oozes a heartfelt delicate emotion, resulting in a truly stirring and thought-provoking slice of melancholic alt-folk, with shades of the blissful allure of Laura Marling.

Adding an immense poignancy, ironically a year after writing the song, the song’s prophecy seemed to come true; Ahrends moved away to Berlin without warning, thus ending their relationship and leaving Holdert heartbroken.

Releasing ‘Sorrow’, Lewin has shared a live rendition capturing the raw energy of her performance, ironically recorded by Ahrends who stopped filming before the end of the song, and so the video then switches to moving footage of the landscape seen on a train journey to Berlin.

Watch the beautifully heart-rending video here:

‘Sorrow’ is out tomorrow, 21st February.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Video Premiere: Johanna Glaza – ‘Exile’

Following 2017’s Wind Sculptures, Lithuanian artist – and former guest on the GIHE radio show – Johanna Glaza – has now announced a brand new album.

Taken from the album, she has now shared poignant lead track ‘Exile’. Showcasing the spellbinding sweeping power of Glaza’s exquisite unique vocals, it flows with an ethereal majesty as an immense soaring musicality flows, with shades of the twinkling splendour of Kate Bush. A truly enchanting listen.

Watch the beautiful new video for ‘Exile’ now:

Exile, the upcoming new album from Johanna Glaza, is out 28th February.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Kat Bumbul

Video Premiere: Piney Gir – ‘Puppy Love’

Having shared a stage with the likes of Gaz Coombes and Noel Gallagher, Kansas-born London-based artist Piney Gir has been charming our ears for some time. Now, following last year’s dreamily eclectic album You Are Here, Piney has shared an effervescent new video for album track ‘Puppy Love’.

Oozing a honey-sweet romanticism, ‘Puppy Love’ glistens with twinkling hooks and sweeping harmonies as an endearing, scuzzy energy flows throughout. On the one hand, nostalgically harking back to the simpler times of crushes and the pain of first (‘Puppy’) love, the track also reflects on the common metaphor for depression – the ‘Black Dog’ – its all-consuming nature, and the struggles of mental health. A poignant and infectious offering, it could just be the perfect, bitter-sweet, accompaniment to the mixed feelings that go hand in hand with the love-filled celebrations of the upcoming month.

Of the track, Piney explains:

Everyone feels the darkness sometimes, so I’m singing about it… It’s a thin line between Puppy Love and The Black Dog; both can be all consuming and agonising and at times euphoric, manic even.

Watch the colourful, uplifting new video for ‘Puppy Love’ now:

‘Puppy Love’ is out on 14th February and will be available as a special Valentine download from Bandcamp. You can catch Piney Gir live, headlining for us on that night at The Finsbury, where you’ll also be able to get your hands on a special download code.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

 

Premiere: AyOwA – ‘First Frost’

Following infectious offerings such as ‘Alt Det Du Ku’ and 2018’s EP Farvel, and support from the likes of BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music, our favourite Danish duo are back with an evocative new single, ahead of their upcoming debut album.

Told from the perspective of a couple who have spent their whole life together and are now setting out into the winter to disappear as one, ‘First Frost’ flows with AyOwA’s distinctive swirling synths and the beguiling haunting power of Hannah Schneider’s vocals. A shimmering, cinematic soundscape, it’s an utterly captivating reflection on lasting love and the strength of togetherness.

Listen to ‘First Frost’ for the first time here:

 

‘First Frost’ is out tomorrow, 31st January, and Amoeba, the upcoming debut album from AyOwA, is set for release in September this year.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Premiere: Ennieloud – ‘The Best I Can’

Having previously charmed us with the swirling energy of previous single ‘In My Room’, London band Ennieloud are back with a bewitching new single.

A poignant reflection on the twin poles of femininity, ‘The Best I Can’ oozes a soulful, upflifting groove alongside immersive throbbing basslines and the deep, impassioned power of front woman Cassandra’s spellbinding vocals. A musically rich soundscape, offering an empowering and sincere expression of inner strength in the face of adversity. Of the track, the band explain:

“It’s about the remarkable inner power and resilience of women, taking the form of a dialogue between the strong and the weak in all of us. Even if we feel so fragile sometimes, we have a great inner strength that can guide us to our dreams. Dream and be strong!”

Listen to ‘The Best I Can’, for the first time, here:

‘The Best I Can’ is out 24th January

Mari Lane
@marimindles

 

See EnnieLoud live

Feb 27th, The Finsbury, London N4

Premiere: Tribes Of Europe & Barbara Stretch – ‘It’s A Lovely Day Tomorrow’

Following previous singles such as ‘You Don’t Speak For Me’, and acclaim from the likes of BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 3, Fenland-based Tribes Of Europe have once again teamed up with former Feminist punk iconoclast Barbara Stretch for their latest single.

Written by Irving Berlin in 1938, ‘It’s A Lovely Day Tomorrow’ was originally intended as an anti-war song in response to the the so-called Munich Betrayal when conflict with Hitler was avoided by allowing Germany to annex the Sudetenland region of western Czechoslovakia.

Loosely based on the version released by Vera Lynn to lift spirits during the Blitz, multi-instrumentalist Martin Elsey has put his own Tribes of Europe twist on this classic track. Starting off with glitchy soundscape, the track soon morphs into an angelic ode to hope, oozing Stretch’s smooth, rich vocals alongside blues-infused twinkling hooks and sparkling festive tones. A dreamy, heartwarming accompaniment to the Christmas season. 

Of the track, Elsey explains:

What happened to the ‘lovely tomorrow’ Vera Lynn was singing about? For a while things got better – decent affordable housing, the NHS, effective vaccination campaigns, building stronger ties with Europe to help keep some peace. Then, after years of austerity, and now the Brexit fiasco, the lyric just seemed to become more and more poignant.”

Watch the new video for ‘It’s A Lovely Day Tomorrow’ now:

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Premiere: Siv Disa – ‘Moths’

New York based artist Siv Disa is now ready to share her poignant new single. Produced by fellow New Yorker, Sam And The Sea, ‘moths’ is a poignant reflection on the captivity of love.

Propelled by eerie, atmospheric hooks, ‘moths’ showcases Disa’s soaring raw vocals alongside a spellbinding majesty. As profound lyrics flow from an ethereal plane, it’s an utterly captivating offering that shimmers with a subtle mystical power. Of the meaning behind the track, Siv Disa explains:

“You see these impossibly large moths trapped in big street lamps, flying inside them and hitting the glass again and again… They must have gotten in when they were small enough to fit, and then grown too large to escape. The amount of time they spend on the wrong side of the glass. It seems so unnecessary from the outside. A whole life spent looking out at the world… For most of my life, love has meant captivity — you are at the mercy of whoever it is you love. After a destructive relationship a few years ago, I removed my emotional self from my physical self. I don’t think people can see moths or what they’re trapped in. I don’t think I can either. I don’t think I’m a lot different than those moths, except I think about them a lot and they probably don’t think about me very much at all.”

Directed by Siv with videography and photography direction from Evan Alexander Moore & Sanchez Murray, watch the hypnotic, yet disconcerting, video for ‘moths’ here:

‘moths’ is out 15th November via Trapped Animal Records.

Mari Lane
@marimindles