‘It Is What It Is’ – the new album from Songs for Mr Sloane

Out now, the new album from Songs For Mr Sloane is called ‘It Is What It Is’ and it’s a real songwriter’s LP. Not strictly folk or roots, though there are plenty of elements in the lyrics and storytelling, this is instead an album of mixed genres, something of an exercise in eclecticism.

The creation of a group of musicians from different background, you get the feeling that this is music as the band want it to sound. A host of ideas tossed in the juicer to see what comes out, it makes for an intriguing listen – compelling at times, less so at others.

By its very nature the songs ebb and flow as the genres and style change, and it’s hard to imagine one single listener likeing the whole thing. Some of the songs are so different, tied together only by the gruff, no nonsense vocal, that any perceived strengths and weaknesses will be entirely subjective. It will depend on the taste of the listener which bits they think are strongest.

One thing’s for sure though – all the musicianship, production and structural integrity of the songs is on point, and you can’t disagree with those qualities, even if one or two individual styles leave you cold.


Nuborg album finally here!

OK, so we’re slightly late to the party, but we’re delighted to let you know we’ve just discovered that one of our favourite artists from last year – Nuborg – has finally released her new album!

The Norwegian singer-songwriter, who impressed us time and again with her monthly single releases last year, has now released those singles as a full collections which you can get on iTunes.

We can’t recommend enough that you get on board with this particular artist – Nuborg is one of the most captivating new independent artists we’re aware of on the scene at the moment, with an ambient pop sound that’s very rare.

‘One Day’ single, new from Nuborg

Once again, we’re straying from our roots, uh, roots, to bring you the stunning new single from NuBorg.

Although this isn’t folk, country or any of the usual genres we write about here, this song is a prime example of what can be done to raw structures when a bit of ambience is added. This is delicious music, and we’re very much looking forward to the debut album, due early next year.

In the meantime: One Day on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/no/album/one…

Open Mic UK 2014 – Singing competition audition dates announced

Singing competition audition dates have been announced for Open Mic UK 2014 – the nationwide singing competition searching for the UK’s best singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists!


Open Mic UK is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of artists such as Luke Friend, Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’sLucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of whom are now signed to Sony Music. Open Mic UK is an exciting competition to get involved in, and the singing competition audition dates for 2014 have just been announced!


Singing competition audition dates announced – Open Mic UK 2014


We’ll be holding singing competition auditions at the following regions for Open Mic UK 2014! Book your singing competition audition now to secure your place!


Saturday 23rd August at Concourse Suites 29-30, National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham,B40 1NT.


Sunday 24th August at The Palace Hotel, Oxford Road, Manchester, M60 7HA.


Sunday 31st August at Vincent Harris Suite, Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield, S1 2JA.


Sunday 31st August atDingwalls, Middle Yard, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB.


Saturday 6th September atStudio 1, City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1NQ.


Sunday 7th September atBritannic Suite, The Liner Hotel, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool, L3 5QB.


Sunday 7th September at Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road,  Southville,  Bristol, BS3 1TF.


Sunday 14th September at Palace Theatre, London Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LA.


Sunday 14th September at The Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 4AG.


Sunday 14th September at Ferneham Hall, Fareham (near Southampton/Portsmouth), PO16 7DB.


Saturday 20th September atMilton Keynes C.C., Strudwick Drive, Milton Keynes, MK6 2TG.


Saturday 20th September atCommittee Room 1, Hove Centre, Hove, Norton Road, Brighton, BN3 4AH.


Sunday 21st September atSub89, 110 – 117 Friar Street, Berkshire, Reading, RG1 1EP.


Sunday 21st September atBoardroom, Beck Theatre, Grange Road, Hayes, Middlesex, London UB3 2UE.


Sunday 21st September atBritannia Hotel, St James Street, Nottingham, NG1 6BN.


Saturday 27th September at Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW.


Saturday 27th September at Kings Hall, Balmoral, Belfast, BT9 6GW.


The Open Mic UK singing competition auditions are allocated on a first-come, first served basis, so get your singing competition audition booked now to avoid disappointment!


Get your singing competition audition booked here.

Sea Stacks, ‘Glassy-Eyed’

We love a slow burning, atmospheric track and the new track ‘Glassy-Eyed’ from Sea Stacks – released yesterday – does not disappoint.

Full of weird and wonderful trips and turns, it’s a blend of orchestral folk and electronic effects that slowly builds into an effective, discordant crescendo before paring back and building again. The dynamic touch is brilliant.

The creation of London artist Davy Berryman, this is Sea Stacks’ third release, a treatise on love and loss ‘through the metaphor of drowning’. Melancholic but beautiful, it’s available from all good (and evil) download stores today.