With the all-too-frequent bustle and rush in the world around us, our minds and bodies crave solace, rest and "me time" to recharge, refocus and ideally find some inner peace. The downtime enables us to re-emerge and presumably thrive in our daily lives with a refreshed perspective. Immersing oneself in music is a common way for many of us - myself included - to escape for a little while and find that perspective. If you're looking for a reflective soundtrack to 'getting away
It's been nearly a year since Albuquerque-based, dream-folk singer-songwriter Russell James released his impressive Wave/Water album. After spending time on the road with a series of live performances, Russell is back with his new indie/dream-folk single "You Got Me Bad." On his social media sites, Russell elaborates, "It’s a wintry electro-pop ballad, full of dreamy bits and bobs to pull you through the doldrums of these last winter months." With a lovely blend of dreamy, at
Since I recently discovered the music of London-based indie singer-songwriter Charlie Cunningham, I've found myself regularly listening to most of his musical back catalog over the past week. This is some truly impressive and stunning songwriting, performance and vocal delivery - I wonder how I hadn't encountered his music sooner. New singles "Sink In" and "Permanent Way", produced by Sam Scott and Duncan Tootill, are presumably preludes to a forthcoming album or EP release.
I've always been a follower of ambient, instrumental and experimental music. During my graduate school days, I have clear memories of getting some of my best work completed, accompanied by the background sounds of instrumental, experimental and pioneering artists the likes of Dome, SPK, Recoil, Dead Can Dance, This Mortal Coil, Pieter Nooten, and Michael Brook, to name a few. This was music that provided a release and subtle motivation to enable creativity and concentration.
SoundThread Music Blog is pleased to share the first taste of new music from Leeds-based singer-songwriter Henry Bateman, who is scheduled to release his forthcoming third album in Spring 2019. "Seaside" is an extremely intriguing yet unsettling track, with narrative that sets the scene at a beach where a female driver and small child sit in a car. We hear the peaceful sounds of the sea - the waves cresting and gently hitting the beach. The musical atmosphere is constructed w
It's the steady, calming, heartbeat-like percussion and electronic downtempo vibe that carry the listener through "A Cause" - the impressive, new chill-out single from Chicago/Toronto-based singer-songwriter Deanna Devore. The song's ambient, relaxed atmosphere provides the ideal musical backdrop for Deanna's expressive, ethereal, and silky voice. In my personal quest to improve my musical (acoustic guitar) skills, I met Deanna a few years back after signing up for a course a
I've been a fan of Depeche Mode ever since I heard their first single, "Dreaming of Me", on a K-Tel compilation from 1982 called The Beat. The original band line-up included Vince Clarke (Yazoo, The Assembly, Erasure) who exited the band after their 1981 debut album (Speak and Spell). After the three remaining members (Martin Gore, Dave Gahan, Andrew Fletcher) released their 1982 follow-up (A Broken Frame), they decided they needed a fourth member. Enter Alan Wilder, who join
You might already be familiar with the music of Swedish singer-songwriter Alice Boman. Her song "Waiting", taken from 2016's EP II, appears throughout the Emmy award winning TV show, Transparent. Now, the talented, Malmö-based musician releases her new single, "Dreams" - an atmospheric masterpiece glistened with Alice's ethereal, emotive and fragile-sounding vocals, over a subdued electronic soundscape. This smooth, melodic track is a definite chill out gem - breathtaking fro
There is much to be said about the therapeutic effects of music. It contributes to general well-being, and often provides a coping and healing mechanism for the human mind and body. The shock and grief associated with the sudden loss of a loved one can be one of the most difficult emotions to experience. When words are not enough, sometimes music is the best therapy. With his graceful and stunning new single, "Received In Me," Leeds-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Henry