Songwriters

Wyn Doran unleashes soulful new single "Spell," plays O'Brien's Pub 08.02

Yes, the rhythm is contagious, the bass real fat, the keys a bit spooky but it is the fiery vocal delivery of Nashua’s Wyn Doran that is the talisman entrancing in “Spell” her latest single. Known to a select few as Amy Wynne Doran, the singer/songwriter faces her insecurities in this single, and she incinerates them in a sonic flame of jazz, blues, and soul influences that suit her vocal prowess. “Spell” takes the listener for a ride with intervals of ambient build-ups, hard-pounding drums, brass instrumentation, and electric guitar flourishes. The New Hampshire-based artist exudes the kind of confidence necessary to drive the intricate instrumentation right through the heart. Wyn Doran will be performing at O’ Brien’s Pub in Boston on August 2nd, in the meantime we are streaming “Spell” below. - Rene Cobar 

Divey showcases serious sonic substance with new record "Beautiful Zero"

As far as DIY productions go Beautiful Zero, the latest record from Providence’s Divey (real name Alex Garzone) is a brief, but substantial listening experience carefully threaded to stimulate the mind. From the hypnotic vocal delivery and incessant electric guitar strum of “Call Me on the Phone Tonight” to the massive kick drum that drives “What U Do” the sounds stick to you as much as they stick with you. The immersive experience is generated by the smooth production of Garzone and friend Frank Mullen: the record is given an air of simplicity and bedroom-recording imagery while layering with deceptive skill. Divey is an artist on the fringe of the electro-rock revival currently spearheaded by artists like Des Rocs, which is excellent because it means he is free to go at it his way. Not easily labeled and engaging, the music of Divey is a modern treat your ears will thank you for indeed. We are streaming “What U Do” for you below. - Rene Cobar

New Luke Harsel Album Available for Streaming & Download

Luke Harsel (of Dweller) has released a collection of songs, titled Objects in the Mirror. Absorb the ambient-folk sounds as they provide a graceful, gliding, slightly-warped atmosphere. It is best to be listened to when day turns to night and night turns to day. Tomorrow evening, you can find Harsel performing with Dweller at The Grape Room, with The Barker Brothers, Coleman Rigg & The Ridge Runners, and The Savories.

Singer/Songwriter Kira Metcalf plays Elsehwere on July 24

In her blend of folk and pop Brooklyn-based artist Kira Metcalf mixes poetry with a variety of genres. Listening to her new LP Indelicate, this young talent writes songs about women's experiences with the self-assuredness of a seasoned performer and an enviable introspective quality. Opening track "I Had a Head," is an acappella number that is as satisfying for its harmonizations as it is for Metcalf's voice. "Thornbird" is an unexpected change in style, in part reminiscent of rock songwriters of 90's like The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan or - more recently - Paramore's Hayley Williams. 

Her new music video for "Lily" is equally poignant, showcasing Kira's keenness to investigate moments that escape most of us. The line, "to have what I crave feels like a trick" is the song's takeaway and the perfect summary of a personality that enjoys intellectual and lyrical reflection over... simple enjoyment. Kira Metcalf will perform live at Elsewhere's Zone One on July 24th. - Susan Moon

 

 

Sho releases soaring debut single "Planet Hurt"

Sho Ishikura makes their recorded debut with the single "Planet Hurt", an R&B ballad in the vein of artists like Prince, with Ishikura's soulful voice harmonizing over a seductive beat delivering lyrics such as "She gets me wet like a newborn." When Ishikura shared the song with fellow songwriters at an ASCAP workshop a couple of years ago, industry folks and other artists showed hesitation at the subject matter. However, a substantial amount of people were intrigued by Ishikura's tune, creating a sense of controversy that helped create some buzz for it. The uproar of "Planet Hurt" -- a track which blends pleasure with pain, light with dark --  makes it a piece of work worth your ears' attention, so that you can form your own opinion about it. Take a listen to "Planet Hurt" below. - Will Sisskind

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