A shorter list than usual this month as I have spent most of the last three weeks trying to get around technical problems with my Mac. I suppose Apple are very busy selling millions of phones so it is only right that I test their software and find bugs in the OS. OK, moan over. Here are six music makers that deserve more attention. Let me know what you think.
Listen to the full playlist on Spotify.
First off this month is Bella Goldwin, a superb, Canadian singer-songwriter / violinist. Can’t Forget was released in 2016. Hauntingly beautiful music, ridiculously mature for somebody who is not yet 20, you should be hearing more from Bella Goldwin in 2017. Twitter
This month marks the first anniversary of the formation in Stockport of Templars. The band consists of Glenn Coope (lead vocals, guitar), Scott Kincaid (lead guitar, backing vocals), Kenny Chiu (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Jack Keogh (drums, backing vocals). Great harmonies and melodies that worm their way into your head – great pop music. Guessing is taken from last year’s Inelegant Relations album. Twitter
Deep Throat Choir
One of the more intriguingly named acts announced for this year’s Green Man Festival in August are Deep Throat Choir. I, for one, can’t wait! Summed up on their Twitter account as “We are wimmin and we sing” – what more do you need to know? Well, formed by Luisa Gerstein in 2013 the choir can be 30 strong on stage, relying on vocals and drums to create a spell-binding sound. Ada is taken from their new album Be OK – released last week.
Based in Nashville, Carissa Leigh is a country singer and song writer worth investigating. Reap And Sow (with Katie Mae Smith) is taken from Leigh’s album Better Than I’ve Been – great close harmonies that make you yearn for summer! Twitter
Live At Leeds is just around the corner (well, a couple of months – 29th of April). Already announced on the bill is Yellow Days. For one so young George Van Den Broek, who is still a teenager, has a smoky, cracked and soulful voice that works perfectly with the synths and beats sound of Yellow Days. Gap In The Clouds is from last year’s Harmless Melodies EP. Twitter
The Big Moon
Juliette Jackson, Soph Nathan, Celia Archer and Fern Ford make up London band The Big Moon. Having already earned support slots with Ezra Furman and The Vaccines, the band are currently working on their debut album Love In The 4th Dimension- due in April. Formidable is taken from the album and is out now as a single. Twitterby