Jorja Smith

Velvet Bloom brings smooth style onto latest soul ballad ‘Teach Ya’

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When it comes back to laidback music, few can claim to be as laidback as jazz soul-pop outfit Velvet Bloom.

Fresh off a debut EP release earlier this year, this Melbourne-based musical project has been turning heads for its catchy take on jazz and ambient music; a sound that has caught on with listeners on Triple J and Triple J unearthed.

With a new tour set to begin in June (playing shows in Sydney, Byron Bay, Brisbane, Port Macquarie and Forster), Velvet Bloom has coincided the beginning of this tour with the release of their latest gem, ‘Teach Ya.’

From the get-go, the track welcomes you in with a very easy-going style, meandering guitars and gentle percussion. The track comes across with a relaxed feeling, but a soulful swagger mixed with pop sensibilities. This is a tune that is going at it’s own pace, and won’t be rushed. The bass here is subtle, but underrated, and serves as a gorgeous counterpoint to lead vocalist Maddy Herbert’s tender vocals.

These vocals however are what really wins you over though, as Herbert sings about being fair to yourself, and to focus on trying to not get worked up over trivial things. The lyrical themes match delightfully with the easy-going musical approach the song takes. Her performance is tender and considered, especially when she introduces extraordinary harmonies in the verses and in the outro.

If there is a way to describe this song, it would be bubblegum soul. It’s smooth textures and jazzy finish immediately allows the listener to relax and be put at ease. If Velvet Bloom set out to achieve a gorgeous sense of tranquillity, they more than achieved it with this track: a sublime example of musical craftsmanship, and a damn smooth tune to boot!

We Are Definitely Not Over SAYAH’s Heady New Slice Of Electro-Pop

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He’s not over me” croons SAYAH in the infectiously singable chorus of her freshly minted electro-pop offering of the same name, and TBH neither are we.

The Sydney-based singer is just getting warmed up, kicking off 2019 with a huge bang(er). ‘He’s Not Over Me’ marks the first slice of a mysterious new new body of work from SAYAH, and sounds like the heady musical lovechild of Flume and Meg Mac (on what planet would that not be a winning combo?) 

The quirky vocalist’s sultry soul-infused vocals drive this dancefloor-friendly bop, cascading over woozy synths, hypnotic bursts of production and modest percussion that nonetheless delivers the kind of contagious rhythms that tug at your fingers to start clicking.

After topping the triple J Unearthed Pop Chart with her 2017 debut single ‘Addicts’ and sharing the stage with the likes of pop megastar Ruel, SAYAH has already kicked some serious career goals, and we can’t wait to see what else she has up her stylish sleeves in the year to come.

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