Favourite Song of the Month: Hold Back the River by James Bay

This month, my favourite song is a throw back to one of James Bay‘s big hits Hold Back the River, from his debut album Chaos and the Calm.

James Bay is an artist that I have always known about, but have only recently listened to his discography in detail. Hold Back the River is regularly played on the radio station that I enjoy listening to (Magic Chilled), and it has become a firm favourite from there.

An emotional rollercoaster, Hold Back the River talks and a couple reuniting and the emotions that arise during the reunion. The song starts of on an almost sombre tempo but then gradually picks up with an anthem like chorus, that makes a lasting impression on the listener. James’s song writing talents are clearly visible in this track.

Listen to Hold Back the River by James Bay below and let me know if this is one of your favourite songs too!

Yorkshire singer-songwriter Craig Swan releases his debut EP George’s Diner

Craig Swan is a Yorkshire artist who is releasing his debut EP George’s Diner having previously been in several musical projects that life got in the way of. Influenced by a diverse range of artists including Hilary Woods, Nick Cave, Joni Mitchell, Kathryn Joseph and Keeley Forsyth.

George’s Diner artwork

Craig’s debut EP George’s Diner is an exploration into mental anguish, nihilism, hopelessness and eventual rebirth.

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Favourite Songs of the Month: Ed Sheeran, Sigrid and Rag n Bone Man

It’s been a while since I have shared my favourite songs from the month. There are a few reasons for this, one of them being life and the other that I wasn’t really connecting with any new music but I am now happy that this has changed and after taking a break from sharing my favourite songs of the month and I will now back with 3!

Starting of with Ed Sheeran’s Bad Habits. Ed is back with a bang and it is no surprise that Bad Habits has already climbed the charts! A funky, feel good track that will instantly have you singing a long, Bad Habits maybe different from Ed’s previous works, but he has really managed all change and upgrade his style, without it sounding too unlike him, which is most difficult for any artist to do. I also love the music video which has a vampire theme (vampire diaries and the originals fan here!) and it ties in well with the songs lyrics. This song a definite summer song.

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The Covasettes New Single Out Friday 11th June

The Covasettes, arguably one of the country’s finest unsigned indie-pop talents, are back with their latest single, Watching All The Good Ones Go, out Friday 11th June. 

The Covasettes

A shimmering summer banger, and channeling their love of all things Coldplay, Watching All The Good Ones Go, boasts sing-along melodies, explosive choruses and floor-filling rhythms that will no doubt be fan favourites for a long time to come.

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Scottish band Wrest to release their new single Second Wind

“Fans of Frightened Rabbit and The National will love Edinburgh’s wrest” The Sun

“One of Scotland’s most exciting emerging live acts” BBC Radio Rapal

“A band on a roll with sold-out shows” The National

“Scotland’s best new band” – Border Telegraph

“An emotional adventure you have to experience – Ones to Watch” – Independent Music News

Second Wind cover art

Hotly-tipped Edinburgh indie rock band wrest return with Second Wind, their first studio single since debut album Coward of Us All in 2019 (‘Best Scottish Album 2019’, ‘BBC Radio Rapal Album of the Week’).

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