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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!

WILSN's effortlessly powerful sound ignites strength and courage in new track 'Fight Like a Girl'

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A few years on from her debut EP ‘Don’t Give Up’, Melbourne musician WILSN has returned with the empowering female anthem ‘Fight Like A Girl’.  

A force to be reckoned with, WILSN captivates listeners with her vocal prowess in the commanding and sincere new single. Her soul-influenced pop comes to life through her dominant vocal range accompanied by upbeat percussion and consistent piano melodies.

Evidently, the uplifting tune focuses on the significance of a woman’s inner strength and self-love. WILSN wrote the song after a spate of male-led songwriting sessions where she felt her opinions and talents weren't respected.

“It was like I was just the extra person in the room who wasn't worth listening to… I needed to work twice as hard to prove myself and I was put in the ‘too shy’ and ‘untalented’ box before I even had a chance to open my mouth and sing”.

Whilst spending time in Nashville to focus on songwriting, the new lifestyle enabled her to sow the seeds of her next EP through working with established writers such as Grammy-winner Matthew Odmark (Jars of Clay) and the Grammy-nominated Ben Abraham (Kesha, Demi Lovato, Sara Bareilles).

WILSN has been deemed “the female equivalent of Leon Bridges” by Hilly Dilly, which is noticeable when you hear that effortlessly powerful, soulful sound. Embracing her old soul unapologetically, the artist adds a modern flare to the sounds of Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, and Lauryn Hill

Despite living very different lives in Melbourne and Nashvillie, WILSN has remained true to her own self and distinctive style.  

“I wanted to write a song that myself and women around the world could use as a sort of fight song to ignite strength, courage and support when it’s needed or when we’re struggling to stand up for ourselves.”

Although no solo tour dates are announced just yet, you can catch her performing backing vocals for the similarly powerful voice of Meg Mac on her Australian tour. ‘Fight Like a Girl’ is out now on all major streaming services, give it a listen below.

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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