Wednesday, 14 February 2018

New Music: Emma McGrath - Love You Better (Video)


Harpenden’s Emma McGrath has been making music for some time now, with her first EP The Judgement released as far back as 2014. Yet it’s her latest song Love You Better that has suddenly seen a flurry of interest on line. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve noticed a number of blogs that I visit such as Crack In The Road, Too Many Blogs and Going Solo all posting the song and it’s easy to understand why. Love You Better has a fully-grown completeness to it. It’s a guitar-based pop tune, but the sort of classic thoughtful pop song you might find being played out on BBC Radio 2 rather than Radio 1. 

It’s probably fair to say that on first listen Love You Better probably isn’t the sort of track that you’d expect interpretive dancing (or in fact dancing of any kind) to be done to, but you’d be wrong. The video, which was released today, features exactly that and it’s surprising how well it works.

Of the song Emma says: "It's an interesting song, that can be viewed in two different ways. The lyrics "I can love you better in the long run" have juxtaposing meanings - "I'll become a better person" or "I'm better than that person". It says a lot about the attitude of an individual in love."

Having received a PRS Foundation Women Make Music grant in 2017 Emma has been working with the likes of Grammy Award winning Jimmy Hogarth and Brit School alumni Jackson and Rhiannon Mair to develop her work. Her new 6 track EP Silent Minds is due for release in April.

Emma McGrath - Love You Better (Video)



New Music : Grace Carter - Silhouette (Video)


Last year when I published my annual Ones to Watch tip list for 2018 one name that I picked that I was a little surprised not to see on lots of lists was Grace Carter. Why was I surprised? Because of two simple things. First, because she is a super talented and composed vocalist. Secondly her debut single Silence was the sweetest of perfections and if she got anywhere near that with any other songs then she deserved to be taken notice of.

So now it really is time to take notice. Because she’s done it again. Working alongside Justin Parker, the man who is probably most famous for writing Video Games with Lana Del Rey and bagging himself and Ivor Novello award in the process, Grace has created Silhouette. It’s been out for a few weeks now but today she has released a video.

Silhouette is a huge emotional pop ballad that will probably have you gentling sobbing in the corner by the end. Be careful here though, when I saw ‘huge’ I don’t mean that it’s bombastic or over produced – there’s no grand orchestras giving an extra sense of drama. Instead Silhouette strikes the heart with its subtle and tender piano backing and Grace’s soulful voice. It's huge with it's impact. “You keep blowing smoke till you fade to a silhouette. You should've told me you didn't want me,” she sings. Breathtakingly sad and beautiful. Nothing else is required.

Grace Carter - Silhouette (Video)

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

New Music: Introducing - Los Bitchos


I don’t think I’ve ever featured psychedelic-latin rock on Breaking More Waves before, but it seems that right now is the time to tuck into some ceviche, neck a tequila or two and get down to the musical delights of the three-piece known as Los Bitchos. Consisting of Serra (guitar), Carolina (guitar) and Agustina (keys) this London based three-piece are seemingly all about good-times and fun. Now, I know in certain quarters the idea of fun in music is sneered at, the thought being that only seriously deep and careful consideration of anything can add any meaning to life. Well, to those who think like that I have a simple message for you to think about: F*ck you. 

When you’ve witnessed the joy of dancing, hands held high, to I Feel Love on a flashing disco dance floor, or when you’ve shouted out all the words to Toxic by Britney Spears at her show and really couldn’t give a flying fig about if she’s miming or not, or in fact any other moment in music that puts a big smile on your face and leaves you feeling exhilarated and happy then you will know that there is absolutely nothing wrong with fun. It’s life improving. 

Los Bitchos seem life improving. They certainly seem like a lot of fun. Witness their video for Tripping Party which features a multitude of costume changes, slinky dancing, balloons, bubbles and colour for evidence.

Now their new track, a cover of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s Trapdoor keeps the smiles going. This one sounds like a soft-focus advert for a holiday destination from the sixties or perhaps a track from a long-lost album of groovy elevator music called Tropical Easy Listening Hits Yeah! Either way it’s 100% the soundtrack to good times. Here comes summer, with a touch of the Hank Marvins.

Trapdoor is released tomorrow via Portsmouth’s Strong Island Recordings and the band will be getting things groovy when play in the tiny sweat box that is upstairs at Acapulco Bar in Southsea, Portsmouth, UK on 23rd February for the label. 

Los Bitchos - Trapdoor



Los Bitchos - Tripping Party

Monday, 12 February 2018

New Music: Introducing - Lily Moore


Today I’m introducing a new artist to Breaking More Waves, who the chances are you’re going to be hearing a lot more about as 2018 / 2019 rolls on. Her name is Lily Moore and here are the 5 essential facts you need to know right now:

1. Lily Moore used to go by the name Lily Rendle-Moore, but somewhere along the line she dropped the Rendle bit. So, if you saw her last year at Boardmasters, Barn On The Farm or Victorious Festival, or even further back in 2015 at Great Escape festival, yes it’s the same person. But up until now she’s not had an official release.

2. Let’s get the vocal comparisons out of the way shall we? Because there’s no doubt there’s a big dollop of Amy Winehouse in the way that Lily sings. And now maybe enough time has passed that having ‘the new Amy Winehouse’ (hiya Duffy) doesn’t seem such a bad thing. For the record I liked Duffy. Or rather I liked 1st album Duffy. It went very wrong very quickly after that. Let’s hope Lily has taken notes. If a well known soft drinks company approaches you about a naff advert Lily, just say no.

3. Lily is from Brighton. Outside of London I probably feature more artists from Brighton than any other place in the UK and right now there's a whole bunch of great soul singers coming from the south central seaside town. Besides Lily I've already featured a couple of them on the blog, namely Grace Carter and Isabelle Jones. The video that you’ll find below was shot on the seafront and in and around the pier in her home town with her friends, giving it a very natural feel.

4. Lily’s debut single is called Not That Special. It’s bound to get a whole bunch of people using the title to suggest that she’s very wrong and this is that special. It’s a lame joke, but actually correct.

5. Lily has previously supported Tom Grennan and will soon be out on the road with George Ezra. So, if you’re going to see Ezra get there early to witness a special talent.

Take a listen to Lily Moore below and prepare to be impressed.

Lily Moore - Not That Special (Video)