Addezine explores feelings of infatuation in enthralling single ‘Stairs’

Addezine (Tom Edden) is a British musician and producer from Cheltenham. With drums as his main instrument originally, he has only recently started writing lyrics and recording his own voice.

“Stairs” is his debut single, written, recorded, produced and mixed by Tom in his bedroom. At a first listen, one would definitely not be able to tell that this single is Tom’s first effort as a solo singer-songwriter and producer.

Featuring a rhythmic toe-tapping drumbeat as a foundation, with a moody bass and delicate layers of keys and synths, the instrumental constructs an immersive backdrop for Tom’s laid back vocals and harmonies as he sings about a new crush. The song revolves around a hypnotising guitar motif (or is it mandolin? banjo?), that could symbolise the reoccurrence of the sweet-obsessive feelings awakened by the infatuation, and – at least to us – evokes the imagery of spiralling stairs going up, to the allegorical place where the lovers would eventually meet.

The ambient sounds used to allude to the party atmosphere are a nice touch, and so are other small details, such as the harmonies or drums breaks and accents (an especially satisfying one at around 2:14), all contributing to an interesting arrangement that packs a punch in a short span of time.

The beat and riff remind us a little bit of the song “Superposition” from Young the Giant – in the best way! But Addezine definitely has his own distinct sound, and does not want to be boxed into a particular style.

The single also features a lovely music video with nostalgic, retro vibes, which is published on Addezine’s YouTube channel:

The pitched-down fade out leads us to believe that there will be a continuation to the story – perhaps as a new follow-up single. In any case, to keep up to date with new releases from Addezine, make sure to follow the artist on:

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JAYD raises mental health awareness with wistful single ‘Down Day’

JAYD (Courtney Jayd Lumsden) is a British singer-songwriter and producer who has recently shifted her musical direction from commercial pop to more introspective indie pop. Her latest single “Down Day” is a sensitive and atmospheric number that stays melodious and catchy while dealing with the serious topic of anxiety.

The song is centered around a guitar theme playing a chord progression in a style reminiscent of Daughter’s “Youth”, but giving off a summery vibe contrasting with the downcast lyrics.

JAYD’s wistful voice delivers the song with sensibility and vulnerability. The backing vocals are masterfully crafted and sung to compliment the main vocal and they come in at the right places, in perfect balance with lead. The chorus is simple, made memorable by the stutter on ‘down’ – a simple but effective songwriting artifice, which Billie Eilish also employed recently on ‘Goldwing’ off her new album.

Our favourite part was probably the melancholic trumpet echoing over various sections of the song, sometimes underlying the vocals, sometimes providing subtle responses. JAYD has played the trumpet herself and did a great job of it!

“Down Day” also displays an outstanding production and mix by DELTA STAR, the production studio with which JAYD has worked with on this release.

Talking about the inspiration behind the song, JAYD says:

‘Down Day’ is about coming to terms with anxiety, giving yourself space and time to understand it. If you’re dealing with anxiety, you might feel very alone and that’s the scariest part of it, but you’re not and once you know that, it gets easier.

The song also has a music video featuring the singer floating away on her own in a boat, which already has reached 10.000 views in just over a week since release:

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Sid the Void reflects on waning connections in moody single “Trophy Case”

Sid the Void is the pseudonym of Arizona singer and multi-instrumentalist Trent Alber. His second single “Trophy Case” is a moody alt pop track about trying to hold onto a connection that is slowly fading.

“Trophy Case” has a distinct vibe. It’s almost like the feeling of walking under a moonlit empty street late at night, with the city lights blinking on the horizon. It’s a song that doesn’t necessarily follow a typical structure, but takes the listener on a reflective journey. It’s a song that is groovy, yet chilled and evocative at the same time.

The sensitive vocals are imbued with emotion and a nostalgia that is perfectly complimented by the retro elements in the instrumental. It’s no surprise that that vocals and instruments gel together so well, when Trent not only sings, but also plays the synths, the guitar and the bass on this track. The drums, mix and co-production are the work of Trent’s friend Andrew Stravers.

In an era where guitar solos in indie pop are a rarity, “Trophy case” ends with a instrumental section featuring guitar melodies that are sparse and tasteful, yet engaging. The production overall sounds great, but what makes the song special to us, is the heartfelt, soulful rendition of the vocals, and the quality of the lyrics which tell a story that feels honest and autobiographic.

Talking about the song, Trent explains:

This song is about my struggle of trying to hold onto a connection to someone that is obviously fading. It’s about memories I can’t forget, good and bad.

We believe that the feeling was captured brilliantly in the song. Turn off the light, turn up the speakers and indulge in listening to the enveloping, melancholic gem that is “Trophy Case”.

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BLANKS releases infectious indie pop single “Classic Armstrong”

BLANKS is a Dutch musician with an extensive fanbase, counting over 1 million YouTube subscribers on his Music by BLANKS channel. and millions of streams on Spotify. His latest offering “Classic Armstrong” is a catchy synth pop tune, full of energy and earnestness, and is the third single from upcoming album that will be released later this year.

“Classic Armstrong” starts with a retro inspired drum beat, then quickly introduces us to catchy melodies that only grow catchier by the time we get to the chorus, with vocals and production that are top-notch as usual with BLANKS. The song ends in a somewhat unusual way, as in not with a final chorus, but with an instrumental section with a simple lead synth oscillating between octaves.

The witty lyrics are well-crafted to revolve around the idea of comparing a crush to a melody, and even referencing the soulfulness of a ‘classic Armstrong’ record. The musical allegories continue up to the point where the artist compares the loved one to the perfect melody, stating that he doesn’t mind ‘the key’. To a musician such as myself, that seems like the perfect declaration of love!

The single imparts happy, larger-than life feelings of joy, very fitting for a song that is essentially about a crush.

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Talking about the song, BLANKS says:

Classic Armstrong takes me back to my first crush. The vibe, the sounds, the melodies: it reminds me of the music I listened to when I had my first serious crush. And whenever I listen to those songs, I just want to grab the nearest object, pretend it’s a microphone, and sing and dance along! I hope this song does the same for you!

The single comes with a charming music video, that depicts a cute friendship/beginning of a love story, and leaves us waiting for the next instalment of the story. Make sure to subscribe and follow BLANKS on socials to keep up with the next releases and news about the upcoming album!

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Roos Meijer unveils profound new single ‘In My Name’

Dutch alt-folk artist Roos Meijer releases ‘In My Name’, the first single from her upcoming debut LP ‘Why Don’t We Give It A Try?’, set for release in November 2021.

Roos has set herself for quite an ambitious and unique project, with the songs on her upcoming album being inspired by conversations with eight societal change-makers for causes relating to climate, anti-racism, feminism, human rights, orphans, LGBTQ+ youth, and homelessness. ‘In My Name’ is inspired by a conversation with Julia Jouwe, an activist for a free West Papua who took up the legacy of her late grandfather, in the fight for the freedom of his native people.

Musically, ‘In My Name’ is an atmospheric number with dreamy double tracked vocals and deceptively simple vocal melodies, stretched over chord changes that surprise and delight, with profound, politically charged lyrics.

Opening with a strong statement about how history betrayed so many voices, Roos continues with what is a poignant social commentary, that manages to stay elegant at all times, and not fall on the preachy side. This is achieved through the contrast between the uplifting message and the reflective, subdued nature of the music. The arrangement is eclectic, an alt-folk with sparse chamber pop elements and an unexpected but extremely effective ethnic instrument solo at the end. The fade out is longer than usual, maybe depicting those unheard voices that faded away from history.

The music of Roos Meijer is interesting and thought challenging. If the rest of the songs follow the same vein, this will be an album to look out for!

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Mikara – ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’

‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’ is the newest single from California based Japanese American pop artist Mikara.

Comprising of just an acoustic guitar and Mikara’s sweet-toned vocals, ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’ possesses the charming simplicity of a diary entry. Sung over a chord progression that stays the same all throughout the song, yet somehow does not become monotonous, the hazy vocal is imbued with the nostalgia of a relationship that is already becoming a memory.

The delivery flows naturally, a musing monologue with unpretentious lyrics exuding the youthful air of a first love, and first heartbreak. The recurring line that also gives the title of the song, is a subtle hook, but one that proves to be a bit of an ear-worm by the end of the song.

Written, recorded and produced in her bedroom, “You’re Gonna Miss Me’ is an excellent bedroom pop piece.It is intimate, honest and does not need artifice to create a memorable piece that excellently portrays the emotional numbness that comes after a disappointment in a relationship.

Talking about the inspiration behind the song, Mikara explains:

“Breaking up with your best friend HURTS. I went through the stages of heartbreak, anger and disappointment. I felt like I was trapped with these feelings, held hostage to a toxic relationship grasping for a sense of normalcy. It took some time but I’m finally free. I’ve started a new chapter and this is my rebirth.”

Mikara plans to release her debut EP later this year, so if you want to stay up to date with her new music, do make sure to follow her socials:

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Air Circus (feat. DJ Maisie Mais) – ‘The Last Time’

Bournmouth-based duo Air Circus share a refreshing take on pop with their latest collaboration with DJ Maisie Mais.

The group, comprising of Adam Adrian, Dan Follant and collaborator Maisie Mais, have just released the single, which is a wonderfully bizzare combination of eclectic layers and instrumental elements, all tied together by Maisie’s sweet, straight-forward-pop voice.

DJ Maisie Mais performed the lead vocals

The instrumental is a throbbing culmination of warped and detuned, jangly guitars, bouncing electronic elements and retro off-beat synth bass, and the vocals are very Lily Allen. The chorus contains an ingenious instrumental hook intertwined with catchy vocal melodies, on top of a bouncy, fabulously danceable rhythm.

The production draws inspiration from artists such as FINEAS (brother and producer of Billie Eilish), who uses found sounds to create instrumental parts, such as striking a matchstick to create a snare drum sound. Air Circus used the sound of a deoderant can discharging to create a hi-hat sound. It took many takes to get the sound they wanted, and it wasn’t long before they had to open a window.

The track was written and recorded over lockdown, but unlike Leeds-based duo Lines of Flight, Air Circus did not find that working separately really got the creative juices flowing. UK restrictions were only allowing separate households to meet up outside at the time, so the solution? Set up a recording studio in the garden. In fact, two gardens, one at each home. Every part (excluding the vocal, which Maisie Mais recorded at her home and sent over) was recorded outside in this way, with the result that some birds and neighbour sounds can be heard in the recording.

On the meaning of the song, Air Circus explain:

“The Last Time’ explores Maisie’s experience of holding desperately onto friendships and relationships, despite knowing that theoutcome of every single day will be an argument. This self-awareness acts as a sounding board of frustrations, questioning whether she will make it ‘the last time’ or keep getting hurt.”

‘The Last Time’ really is a refreshing take on pop; unusual, interesting yet infectiously catchy. It is the first release as part of a larger project, and we are looking forward to seeing what else will come out of it.

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Freddy Hall – ‘Something Good’

Brooklyn-based artist Freddy Hall answers lockdown loneliness with determined optimism in upbeat, Motown inspired single, ‘Something Good’.

The first release in anticipation of upcoming album, ‘Dazy’, Hall delights us with a refreshingly retro track arranged for big band in the style of Amy Whinehouse and Motown artists such as Stevie Wonder or The Supremes. Produced by Anthony ‘Rocky’ Gallo (John Legend, Cigarettes After Sex, Gavin DeGraw) and featuring the wonderful horns arrangement of Broadway director Cian McCarthy (Moulin Rouge, The Book of Mormon), ’Something Good’ takes a stand against what Hall describes as the ‘loneliness epidemic’. 

The bright, upbeat arrangement is counterpointed by Hall’s dreamy indie vocals, and honest lyrics:

“I don’t need much, I just want something good. I’ve been on my own for way too long, and well, something good might stay, yeah, something good might change how I’m feeling now.”

The arrangement is a really interesting blend of 70s soul and indie pop, and it’s refreshing to hear a recording with so many live elements – all the parts are recorded by live players. McCarthy has arranged the horns masterfully, adding wonderful texture, depth and dynamics to the track with bouncing counterpoints and filling the gaps with joyful bursts of melody. Gallo’s production is also top-notch, with a crisp and clear mix that jumps out of the speakers, and the nice additions of crowd ambience add to the message of the song – by adding an atmosphere of live performance, one thing we’ve all been missing throughout the pandemic.

Of all the artistic responses to Covid we’ve seen this year, this one stands out. While many have fully embraced themes such as the ticking clock and boredom, our powerlessness in the face of the situation or the loneliness of isolation, this track boldly antithesises these simultaneously acknowledging them in a tasteful way. The song is about the innate human need to socialise and connect with others.

On the release, Hall says:

“This song has been swirling in my head for many years now but I didn’t know exactly where to take it. I revisited it a few months into isolation and everything just poured out. […] This track has a fun sound juxtaposed with a serious, at times too-honest, and very relateble theme. At the end of the day, don’t we all just want ‘Something Good’?”

The track is also accompanied by a charming stop-motion music lyric video featuring magazine cutout lyrics and a lego concert:

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Lines of Flight – ‘Heading Out To You’

Separated by lockdown but connected through technology, Lines of Flight have achieved something special: producing an album worth of material with nothing more than an iPhone each and an internet connection.

The Leeds-based duo, comprising of Matthew Henderson (vocals & synths/programming) and Helen Whale (vocals), met online and began collaborating using the free GarageBand app which comes pre-installed on the iPhone, sending files to each other via WhatsApp and recording vocals using iPhone headphones and mics. By the time the duo finally met each other, they had already written five songs. Five more followed to create a ten-track album, ’Signs of Life’, which Lines of Flight have since had mixed by Leeds-based producer Ed Heaton, are putting out one track at a time throughout 2021.

Track number three is ‘Heading Out To You’, which was recently dropped on Spotify:

‘Heading Out To You’ is a dreamy synth-pop track that calls back to 80s artists such as Depeche Mode, awash with retro synths and underscored by a dramatic piano and computerised drum beat. The vocals are produced in a lo-fi way, which on first listen I thought was a conscious, artistic decision that works rather nicely, rather than due to working around the limitations of iPhone microphones. Multiple layers of vocals fill out the sound nicely, and when coupled with a lo-fi effect, you get that washy sound popularised by artists such as Sufjan Stevens. It’s also nice that the vocals are not over-produced, and still retain that human touch.

The song itself is about yearning for escape. Of the track’s origins, Matthew writes:
‘This song came about following a drive out to the north-east coast. I was reminded of driving up Sutton Bank in the snow, in a wonderful old car that my dad drove – a 1970’s Datsun Laurel. It felt so luxurious! At the time I was driving to a party and all the anxieties of that I had as a teenager, but in the song I reposition it to be my final drive to reach my dad – to be reunited with him, in his car – to travel to the ‘other side’ as referenced in the song (which in itself is a reference to the ‘why did the chicken cross the road’ joke – the dark existential humour of ‘to get to the other side’, always appealed to me). I did this by remembering that when I was driving to the party I nearly crashed – which I then reframed as a means to reaching my dad.’

‘Heading Out To You’ is also accompanied by a music video directed by Amy Cutler, which was also filmed on (you guessed it) an iPhone:

It’s great to hear how Lines of Flight have taken the constraints of the situation, having to work remotely and having no access to a recording studio, and use these creatively to create something new and unique.

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boywithahalo – ‘Story’

Shoegaze artist Boywithahalo releases contemplative track about life stagnation and isolation.  


‘Story’ opens with an atmospheric sweeping texture of flanged vocalising goodness, before the pounding drums underscore a sing-song two and a half minute contemplation from boywithahalo. 

The vocals are delivered with an air of fragility and resignation as the song opens with a familiar thought, “what’s the point to my story?”. Boywithahalo wrote “story” while stuck overseas in mainland China during the pandemic lockdowns, cut off from friends and family:

“I had no job, I had no audience, and all of the little amount of friends I had back in the US were inaccessible now due to the firewall and distance, and everything stood still for a long while.”


These feelings of isolation and apathy are conveyed in the song, as boywithahalo explains: “At times it felt like I have lost direction, stuck frozen in place and going nowhere at the same time. This song embodies my inner struggle with belonging, and ends on an optimistic note of approaching acceptance and confidence”. This is a very relatable feeling that I’m sure most of us have felt at some point, lockdown or no lockdown.

This mood is effectively conveyed in a number of ways: the laid-back tempo almost ticking like a clock, the simplistic melody and same two chords strummed on the guitar, and the apathetic and almost satirical tone of the vocals hold a quality that really conveys the layered emotions running through his head: he is fed up, unable to do anything or go anywhere, unsure what to do with his life, rearing to go and yet simultanously resigned to the slow tempo of the new normal. It’s remarkable how he manages to convey this with just two chords and a simple melody, and a testament to his artistry.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom. The track ends with a note of optimism and resolve, with the lyrical punchline “I’ll find a way to make it out there and I’ll tell you my story”. This is a track to listen to when you just want to slow down and take things a step at a time.

This is the 5th single from boywithahalo, and we are looking forward to the next part of the story.

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