Cards on the table, I was a late-comer to the whole soul-blues-jazz axis of music.
It’s not as if I was actively avoiding it, its more that there is only so much time in the day and probably something to do with comfort zones too, if I’m honest. And whilst I enjoy doing my homework to fill in the musical gaps via revolutionary protest funk, slick west-coast jazz-rockers and incendiary and intricate electric blues slingers, it is in the quieter and more considered moments that I often find the greatest pleasures. It is why Marie Dahlstrom’s new e.p. has been a constant soundtrack for a while now.
The four-track (excluding the interlude) glides with soulful influences, warm vocal tones and focused delivery.
There's no misspelling of the band's name.
And there's no misunderstanding the correlation between their name and their harmonious sound.
Following their exceptional debut single - Time, the Swedish band KAALM have just released their debut EP - Everything which follows their alluring introduction.
Historically, this precious metal has always been desired due to its relative rarity and attractive colour.
Fittingly, the cover artwork of Danish soul singer Nanna.B new EP Golden* does indeed look desirable as it gleams in pure golden hues.
Now based in LA, does Nanna's five-track EP contain any musical nuggets within this shiny exterior?
Lovers of the award-winning Swedish band The Magnolia will instantly recognise the vocals of Arvid Nero as he launches his debut three-track solo EP - Introducing Arvid Nero.
We don't think we're the only ones who shed a tear when news broke that members of The Magnolia were heading in new directions. Keeping bands together is always difficult, even more so in today's world, so we're just grateful for the extraordinary music they created.
Now solo, Gothenburg based singer/writer Arvid Nero picks up his guitar and presents his personal expression.
And in fact, where are all the bands?
Good question, I'm sure you'd agree. However, I'm not going to start disassembling the music business and demonstrate how the major corporations have a monopoly on all commercial music. That's a discussion for another day.
However, I do want to talk about a band who've released their new EP Genuine, and a singer who's voice cannot be mistaken for anyone else.
The band are The Napkins with lead vocals by Charlotta Kerbs.