Shelbi performing ‘Seaside Kisses’ live for Ont’ Sofa.
Shelbi is a 17 year old acoustic singer-songwriter from West Yorkshire. Her influences include Kodaline, Gabrielle Aplin, Damien Rice, The Lumineers and Passenger. ‘Seaside Kisses’ is a lovely little ditty. Shelbi has a sweet and unique voice.
Off to see these girls live again tomorrow night in Leeds! Been just over a year since I last saw Haim in a really small venue in Nottingham which was amazing, only this time they’ll be playing songs from Days Are Gone which I am super duper excited about! Can’t wait =)
Sally Seltmann - ‘Billy’
BIO: Sally Seltmann is the award-winning Australian singer/song writer/producer behind intoxicating albums such as ‘Heart That’s Pounding’, ‘Somewhere, anywhere.’ and ‘The Last Beautiful Day’. She is the co-writer of the song ‘1234’, performed by Feist, and a member of Seeker Lover Keeper. Sally Seltmann previously performed under the name New Buffalo.
Having started 2012 supporting Grammy Award winning artist Bon Iver throughout his Australian tour, Sally is now writing and recording the follow up to her 2010 solo album ‘Heart That’s Pounding’. Co-produced with Francois Tetaz (Gotye, Architecture in Helsinki), ‘Heart That’s Pounding’ has been recognised by many as Sally’s most accomplished work to date. The album was released in Australia, North America and Japan, and was short listed for the Australian Music Prize. Indie Rock Reviews described the album as “a perfect blend of intelligent lyrics, Seltmann’s gorgeous voice and some amazing instrumentation”.
Previous recordings by Sally as New Buffalo include her debut EP ‘About Last Night’; which was released in Australia (through Modular) and the UK (through Heavenly). Her debut album ‘The Last Beautiful Day’ followed. Written, arranged and produced by Sally, the album featured performances from Beth Orton and Dirty Three’s Jim White. Her final album as New Buffalo, ‘Somewhere, anywhere.’ The album was written and recorded by Sally on a century-old piano in a studio set up inside a flower-flanked shed in Sally’s backyard.
In 2010 Sally collaborated with Holly Throsby and Sarah Blasko to create ‘Seeker Lover Keeper’. The trio released their self-titled album mid-2011. The album debuted at #3 on the ARIA charts and is now available in the UK, Europe, Japan and North America.
Sally enjoys collaborating with other artists, and recently set up her ‘Alphabet Botanical’ side project, a venture where she plans to write and record songs with many different musicians.
Sally Seltmann is based in Sydney.
LATEST: Sally is thrilled to present ‘Billy’; the first official single from her forthcoming album which is due for release in February 2014.
When Sally commenced writing for her new album she knew she wanted to create a collection of songs that expressed the full spectrum of human emotions. ‘Billy’ is a time-honoured tale of a woman lamenting the loss of her beloved man, and is the first in a series of songs that offer listeners a thrilling and emotional journey.
Arts & Crafts will be releasing Sally’s forthcoming album in North America, Lojinx will release the album in the UK & Europe, and Rallye will release the album in Japan.
MY THOUGHTS: ‘Billy’ is a really intriguing and beguiling song. I love Sally’s voice on the track. It sounds so wistful and airy, really beautiful. It’s produced really well, I like the sounds created. I can imagine listening to it on an autumns day, walking through a park or the countryside. I love how music can do that! I like to thank Henrik for approaching me about doing a feature on Sally =)
BIO: Meet Your Feet is an eclectic 9-piece all women band from Bristol playing original music with latin, jazz and soul influences. The songs are dynamic and have tight harmonies, catchy sax riffs, infectious percussion and lyrics that reflect the 80s drive for an environmentally friendly planet.
Formed in 1988 as a result of three of the women getting together to start a women’s music workshop, Meet Your Feet played its first gig in June 1988, when asked to get a set together for a Benefit Gig against section 28. This gig was so successful that the band decided to stay together and gradually the original line-up of the early years of the band evolved.
The current line up is Bashema - vox; Sue Hewitt - drums; Fanny Barratt - bass; Heie Gelhaus - keyboards; Tina Holmes - guitar; Romilly Gibbs - saxophones; Jos Wood - saxophones; Norma Daykin - saxophones; Louise Cox - percussion.
They’ve played some major festivals including WOMAD and Glastonbury. and have had several international tours and TV appearances.
LATEST: Meet Your Feet still have unfinished business to bring to you!
Bristol’s very own 9-piece women’s band are releasing their first EP in 20 years following their reformation. Now signed to Jelli Records, Meet Your Feet are launching their 5-track EP called “Unfinished Business” at the Thekla on the 15th December 2013.
People who remember the band and who have seen their fantastic recent gig at the Harbourside Festival will know of their infectious music based on funk, soul, jazz, latin and pop influences.
The 9-piece will be playing their original, highly danceable music at the Thekla. The songs are dynamic with tight harmonies, catchy sax riffs, infectious percussion and spot-on lyrics, making it almost impossible to stop your feet from dancing.
And of course, the EP itself will be on sale at the gig.
MEET YOUR FEET 15th December 2013, The THEKLA, 7pm with support from “Just 3”.
MY THOUGHTS: Tina, the guitarist from Meet Your Feet approached me to do a feature on the band and I’m so glad she did! I’ve had the pleasure of being able to listen to the track ‘Meet Your Feet’ from the new EP (snippet above) and I love it. My head was bopping along instantly which is always a good sign. Very jazzy, danceable, full of soul. Would love to see these ladies live! If you can get to the gig in Bristol, give it a go. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed! It’s so great to see a band of all female musicians and also very inspiring. If the rest of the EP is anything like this track then we’re in for a real treat =)
Survival Guide - ‘Shrouded in Steel’
Survival Guide is comprised of Emily Whitehurst and Jaycen Mckissick. They began this project with a plan to have no real plan. To let go of the steering wheel. To be as creative as possible and to let those creations be what they are. To not rely on the past or to anticipate the future. To be in the moment and hopefully capture the sounds and feelings as they occur. To survive. (Facebook)
Luscious Jackson performing ‘Naked Eye’ live for WFUV.
FIESTAR performing ‘Sea of Moonlight’ live for K-Poppin’ on Arirang Radio.
Congratulations to Chlöe Howl and Ella Eyre for being shortlisted for this year’s Critics’ Choice Brit award!
The Critics’ Choice award started in 2008 and predicted the success of Adele, Florence & The Machine, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J, Emeli Sandé and Tom Odell, who have collectively sold more than 13 million albums worldwide.
A team of experts from across the music industry will chose the winner, which will be announced on December 12.
18-year-old Howl is set to release her debut album in 2014, after her first track ‘No Strings’ earlier this year and ‘Paper Heart’ on December 8.
Meanwhile, Eyre has provided vocals for a number of tracks, including Rudimental’s number one ‘Waiting All Night’ and Naughty Boy’s ‘Thinking About You’. The singer releases her own single ‘Deeper’ on December 15.