We love to focus our attention on musicians and bands from Northern Ireland, we receive submissions from all over the world. Our No Fixed Abode feature shines a light on artists and bands from further afield that we think you should hear.
Smythy – Figure It Out
It is a long way to Tipperary but it is definitely worth the trip for the latest single from Andrew Smyth aka Smythy. ‘Figure It Out’ is a lo-fi indie pop banger.
“Figure It Out is a sort of anthem for people in their mid to late twenties who are only now realising that their life is theirs to live. It’s about getting older and the anxieties that come with having to decide what kind of person you’re going to be.”
Drenched in cool synths and Smyth’s soothing vocals it belies the underlying theme of soul searching and anxiety. The sound of cheerful melancholy and we like it a lot.
dery – sparkle
If you are looking for a voice to stop you in your tracks, you needn’t look any further. dery has a breath taking vocal, wrought with beauty and emotion.
The gentle guitar playing leaves the vocals room to take centre stage although the soft brass throughout is a wonderful touch and really adds to that bittersweet feel that the New York resident was aiming for.
As she explains about the single: “This song portrays the bittersweet reflection on a past relationship with gratitude. The protagonist acknowledges there were intolerable aspects but also credits their partner with making them a better person. Admitting that there might be a better match for their ex-partner; the protagonist reminisces on the sparkle they first experienced and how their goodbye is still painful. Despite the heartache, they sincerely wish for their ex’s happiness and success – hoping that they thrive beyond mere contentment.”
Ali Angel – Tell Me
Sun soaked LA is the next destination on our journey this month. Ali Angel evokes memories of nostalgic 90s pop rock with ‘Tell Me’.
Where the other songs this month are a little melancholic, this one is full of charm and joy. Sheryl Crowe is the most obvious comparison for Ali on this track. She delivers beautiful vocals and the addition of the catchy feel good guitar pull it altogether into a very radio friendly effort.
“I started writing this song about my girlfriend when we were still just friends! It’s about the tension and fun in feeling a chemistry with somebody and waiting to see where it may take you.”
Nathaniel Paul – We Can’t Keep Running Away
If you are looking for some effortlessly cool indie pop to finish off your summer, you’d be hard pushed to find better than Nathaniel Paul.
‘We Can’t Keep Running Away’ is drenched in synths and warm and welcoming vocals. The Chicago artist has created the perfect track to add to your top down, drive off into the sunset playlist.
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