ANGLOFILES: Scottish Singer-Songwriter Lewis Capaldi

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Scottish singer/songwriter Lewis Capaldi began creating a buzz in early 2017 with the release of his debut single, “Bruises,” a brooding exploration of a failed relationship that introduced his intimate piano and vocal sound. On the strength of his lone single, the Bathgate native sold out legendary Glasgow club King Tut’s and notched millions of Spotify streams before dropping his follow-up single, the equally stark “Lost on You,” later that summer. After signing with Virgin Records, Capaldi included both songs on his debut EP, Bloom, and capped off his banner year with a Scottish Music Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year. The front half of 2018 was spent touring in North America and Europe in advance of his next single, “Rush,” featuring Jessie Reyez. “Tough” followed a few months later.

In May 2018 Capaldi joined Sam Smith on his European Arena tour opening for Smith over 19 dates. He followed this by announcing a 4th headline UK & European tour in as many months, this time playing 2000 capacity venues across the UK and Europe, including two nights at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom, both shows sold out within minutes of going on-sale.

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WEST COAST BEATS: Los Angeles Alt Duo Kolars

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Kolars is a band of two members.

Rob Kolar sings and strums his rollicking guitar, Lauren Brown uses her whole body as a percussive instrument.

Kolars has created a sonic world that straddles self-described genres such as Desert Disco, R&Beyond, Space Blues, and Glam-a-billy. Rob produces, mixes, and writes the material. His studio experimentation is incorporated into the live show. Lauren has invented her own drumming style. She tap dances rhythms with her feet atop a bass drum while simultaneously playing a full stand-up drum kit with her arms. She uses this dance to transform beats into natural extensions of her movement.

The two perform with energy, sweat, and excitement, thrilling audiences with their unabashed exuberance.

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Nashville Beats: “Troublemaker” Devon Gilfillian

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Devon Gilfillian fires twin barrels of gospel-blues and southern soul on his debut EP. Fueled by groove, guitar, and the powerful punch of Gilfillian’s voice, the songs shine a light on a young songwriter who grew up outside of Philadelphia, absorbing everything from the R&B swagger of Al Green and Ray Charles to the rock & roll heroics of Jimi Hendrix.

Now based in Nashville, Gilfillian puts a personalized stamp on those childhood influences, rolling them into five original songs that showcase not only his songwriting and singing, but also his talent as an instrumentalist.

Raised by a musical family, Gilfillian grew up singing. He took up the electric guitar at 14 years old, kick starting a fascination with classic rock and other sounds from an older generation. By the time college rolled around, Gilfillian was playing three-hour shows in a local cover band, performing songs by the Meters one minute and the Beatles the next. The gigs allowed him to explore the full range of his influences, but Gilfillian wanted to play his own music, too. With that in mind, he moved to Nashville, eager to chase down his own muse.

Check out his latest single “Troublemaker”

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A Sound Recommendation: Houston’s Wild Moccasins

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Fronted by Zahira Gutierrez (vocals/keyboard) and Cody Swann (guitar/vocals), Wild
Moccasins’ forthcoming third full-length serves as a new beginning for the group. Look
Together tackles themes of repairing relationships, shedding insecurities, and fresh
starts, with vibrant guitar and synth lines layered under Gutierrez’s soaring pop
melodies. The impassioned 12-track LP began to form merely a week after the release
of 2014’s 88 92, as Gutierrez and Swann’s decade-long romantic relationship
dissolved.

Healing proved to be a burdensome task, as Wild Moccasins were charted for two
years of extensive touring. Gutierrez and Swann would spend countless hours
positioned in a shared tour van, painfully staring each other down on stage and
ultimately exchanging exaggerated he-said-she-said’s through songwriting.
When you’re going through a breakup it’s not uncommon for heartache to steer your
mind toward resentment,” Swann says. “But I never imagined how jarring it would be
to hear it sung to me on stage.”

Emotionally aggressive tracks like “Doe-Eyed Dancer” examine the complexities of
observing an ex from afar, as Gutierrez bitingly sings, “And I bet you thought you
wouldn’t get caught/It’s not entirely her fault/But she will never love you, no.” The
combative opener, “Boyish Wave,” tackles misguided judgment through feisty guitar
riffs and antagonistic percussion. Look Together’s title track details love lost and the
respective vows that come with the territory, while the album closes with the deeply
pain-stricken, “Waterless Cup,” in which Gutierrez laments through flawless vocals,
After all, I’m the one who poured the salt/The one with the change of heart/After all,
it’s all my fault.”

Gutierrez and Swann began their writing partnership roughly a year into their romantic
relationship, in 2007. The group has undergone numerous roster changes over the
years, but currently exists with the addition of Avery Davis (drums) and original member
Nicholas Cody (bass).

The dynamic quartet’s 2009 debut release, Microscopic Metronomes, is purely indie rock-driven, bolstered by dancey guitar riffs and tightly knit vocal harmonies; while full lengths, Skin Collision Past (2011) and 88 92 saw the band add more new wave influences with shimmering synth underlays. Their latest effort is highly pop-powered, with Ben H. Allen (Gnarls Barkley, Deerhunter, Animal Collective) at the production helm. Recorded at Atlanta’s Maze studios, Allen encouraged the group to revise their approach to the writing and recording process. The result is a diverse album that blends the signature, guitar-driven elements of Wild Moccasins’ early discography with expansive electronic and ’80s/’90s pop components. For most romantically intertwined bands, Look Together would have never happened.

Dissolving the group would seem to be the logical conclusion of their romantic split,
but instead, the former couple chose to reconcile their differences the only way they
knew how – working towards a common musical goal. Songwriting has been habitually
engrained in the duo, and while being emotionally vulnerable with a former partner was
difficult, it helped to construct the bridge between confusion and solidarity, culminating
as a resilient and volatile break-up record co-written by exes.

I think we look back on that time and take some comfort in knowing that we went
through that together,” Swann says. “It needed to happen in order for us to have this
resolve.”

“Yeah, it needed to happen,” Gutierrez adds. “Now, when I sing the songs, I find
myself breathing a sigh of relief.”

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AngloFiles: London Based Singer Songwriter Freya Ridings

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Hailing from London, 20 something singer-songwriter Freya Ridings self-released her single “Lost Without You,” a pop ballad about an intense, regretful moment that changed her life.

Her debut single “Blackout” premiered in May of 2017 and received international support on radio and editorial support on Spotify.

Her second single “Maps,” a spine-tingling cover of the classic Yeah Yeah Yeahs hit, further opened the doors for Freya as it received major support from Spotify and Zane Lowe, who added her to his #Breaking List.

Upon releasing a live album in September 2017 Freya embarked on her first full headline tour in the UK. She then spent the rest of 2017 on the road supporting acts such as Dotan, Tears for Fears, Tash Sultana, and Lewis Capaldi.

This year has been bright for the up-and-coming singer-songwriter, as Freya has set herself up to be an artist to watch.

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A Sound Recommendation: ATO’s Margaret Glaspy

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Originally from Red Bluff, California, Glaspy headed to the east coast after high school. From competitive fiddle to marching band trombone, she exercised her music abilities any way she could. Her talents earned her multiple honors early on in her career, including scholarships and opportunities to refine her craft. “I went to Berklee College of Music in Boston for a semester and paid for it with money I got from the YoungArts Program.” She continues, “I wasn’t able to afford school after that semester, so I snuck into workshops and master classes at the school and started to write songs more seriously.” For three years, she lived in Boston, working odd jobs whilst fine-tuning her songwriting skills.

Throughout the development of her solo career Glaspy has performed with numerous acts, primarily performing back up vocals. She has toured with artists including modern indie pop voices like Rachael Yamagata, bluegrass legends like Ricky Skaggs and folk icons like Del McCoury, Tim O’Brien and Aoife O’Donovan. She now resides in the Upper West Side in New York City. WNYC confesses her “croons and minimalist folk guitar have a knack for sending shivers down any spine.” Glaspy is poised for a big year in 2016, as she is currently cutting an album at the legendary Sear Sound. The album will be mixed by Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Lucius, Har Mar Superstar).

Margaret Glaspy’s new EP ‘Born Yesterday’ is now available

PURCHASE BORN YESTERDAY

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ALBUM PICK OF THE WEEK: Bettye Lavette – Things Have Changed

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For her tenth album and first album on a major label in nearly fifty years, legendary soul singer Bettye LaVette takes on the songs of Bob Dylan with the grit and experience that makes her one of the greatest living soul singers alive.

PURCHASE THINGS HAVE CHANGED

Things Have Changed is a masterpiece of interpretation of one of the greatest songwriters alive, by one of the greatest soul singers alive. Produced by Steve Jordan, the album spans Dylan’s catalogue and features guest appearances by Keith Richards and Trombone Shorty.

Track Listing

1. Things Have Changed
2. It Ain’t Me Babe
3. Political World (feat. Keith Richards)
4. Don’t Fall Apart On Me Tonight
5. Seeing the Real You
6. Mama You’ve Been On My Mind
7. Ain’t Talkin’
8. Times They are A – Changin’
9. What Was It You Wanted (feat. Trombone Shorty)
10. Emotionally Yours
11. Do Right To Me Baby (Do Unto Others)
12. Going, Going, Gone