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

Premiere: Deva St. John – ‘The Information Age’

Having wowed audiences at a Sofar Sounds showcase in August, and with a BBC Introducing headline show planned for next month, London born artist Deva St.John blasted into ears last year with her debut single ‘Afterlife’. Now, sharing a brand new release, she looks set to be a definite one to watch.

Oozing the soaring grit of her impassioned vocals, ‘The Information Age’ is a sarcastic salute to the often oppressive nature of social media. Building in tension with a poignant raw emotion alongside a riotous energy and catchy, raging hooks, it’s an instantly infectious alt-rock anthem. Of the track, Deva St. John explains:

I wrote ‘The Information Age’ after spending way too long comparing myself to other people. I was beginning to feel my self worth deteriorate with every passing post; watching people I love allow misinformation to cloud their judgement, while knowing the media I’m consuming is probably just as manipulative; seeing the growth and decay of important news due to a lack of any public attention span; watching entire gigs through an audience member’s phone screen. It’s become so easy to distract ourselves. I wanted to remind people that a hive mind isn’t the answer, especially when your Queen Bee is a sewer rat.”

Recorded with Clem Cherry at London’s Eastcote Studios, and mastered with John Davis at Metropolis, ‘The Information Age’ is out tomorrow 1st November.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

 

 

Premiere: Party Fears – ‘OK. No Problem’

Having started out life in Seoul as the solo project of Northern Irish Maggie Devlin, Party Fears is now comprised of both Devlin and Eilis Frawley, as they create their unique genre-defying sounds. Following catchy tracks such as ‘Dog Star’ and ‘Sun King II’, the duo have now released a brand new single.

Inspired by feelings of self-doubt and loneliness, ‘OK. No Problem’ oozes the subtle power of Devlin’s honey-sweet vocals alongside twinkling melodies and an infectious colourful energy. Juxtaposing the track’s reflective subject matter with the duo’s sparkling charisma, ‘OK. No Problem’ builds with an impassioned grit, creating a truly moreish blast of art-pop.

Of the meaning behind the track, Devlin explains:

Doubt is a lonely place to live… While you’re deciding what’s up or down or black or white, the world moves on; somehow you’re still on the starting block, deciding to start running with your left or your right foot… I don’t think loneliness is always sad. It can agitate, it can exist as a kind of frustration or mania. Or even joy. Like a stubborn, contrary joy.”

Recorded by Ryan McGroarty in Start Together Studios, and featuring Lisa Kelly on bass, you can listen to ‘OK. No Problem’ for the first time here:

 

And you can also take a watch of the brand new accompanying video, filmed in Berlin by film-makers Valérie Partoens and Ergi Dosti:

‘Ok. No Problem’ is out tomorrow, 25th October.

Artwork by: Ali Nail Bak

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Premiere: Martha Bean – ‘Along The Lonely’

Having supported the likes of Marika Hackman and Seth Lakeman, Leicester-based artist Martha Bean has now announced the release of her new EP, Here Comes The Snowstorm. 

Taken from the EP, new single ‘Along The Lonely’ flows with luscious twinkling melodies and the smooth allure of Bean’s rich, soulful vocals. Questioning the motives behind our longing for relationships, it oozes a heartfelt stirring emotion alongside a subtle jazzy musicality, creating a beautifully reflective ballad, reminiscent of the likes of Daughter. Of the meaning behind the track, Bean explains:

We all need someone… and that can be beautiful. But some people just want a ring on their finger and someone to moan at when they forget their anniversary. Is that ‘love’? Is that OK?”

Listen to ‘Along The Lonely’, for the first time, here:

 

Here Comes The Snowstorm, the upcoming new EP from Martha Bean, is out 1st November.

 

Mari Lane
@marimindles

PREMIERE: Saachi Sen – ‘Dark’

Having been a resident artist at Camden’s Roundhouse, and performed at this year’s London Pride event in front of 10,000 people, Mumbai-born, London-grown artist Saachi Sen has now shared her poignant new single.

A song about accepting and celebrating your identity, ‘Dark’ flows with Sen’s beautiful fluid vocals alongside a delicate, twinkling musicality and heartfelt emotion. Building with an impassioned energy, ‘Dark’ showcases this artist’s ability to create stirring alt-pop anthems. Of the track, Sen explains:

From a personal and literal perspective, it’s about my brown skin – but playing it live at events like Pride reminds me that it’s for everyone, whose traits like their race, gender, or sexuality are looked down upon by so many in our society. The song says that though people may treat you differently than others, stereotype you… it’s imperative to remember that who you are is who you are, and you should never apologise for it.

Listen to ‘Dark’, for the first time, below:

 

‘Dark’ is out tomorrow, 11th October. You can also watch a special live performance of the track here.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Premiere: Dani Sylvia – ‘Lithium’

Having won the award for Best Songwriter at the Unsigned Music Awards back in 2016, and supported the likes of Craig David and The Feeling live, alt-pop artist Dani Sylvia is now ready to share her catchy new single.

Propelled by glitchy beats and sweeping groove-filled hooks, ‘Lithium’ perfectly showcases Sylvia’s majestic, swooning vocals in an utterly infectious slice of sparkling electro pop. Of the track, she explains:

“‘Lithium’ is about many things; self-sabotage, self-destruction, fear…  But ultimately, hope and knowing that feelings are never permanent. It is about the secrets we keep, bad coping-strategies and the lies we tell to those around us so that they don’t worry about us, preferring to learn how to heal yourself rather than leaning on others. It’s about the place we go to in our minds to face ourselves head-on and fully feel the pain/shame/loneliness/fear. It’s only by doing this alone that we can be ‘found’.

 

‘Lithium’ is out 27th September via Little Misery Records.

Mari Lane
@marimindles