#MellowMonday: Benjamin Francis Leftwich – ‘Summer’


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Benjamin Francis Leftwich is an English singer-songwriter from York. He released his debut album in 2011 but he’s now preparing to release the foll0w-up, on 19th August, called After The Rain.

His clear, folk influences and similarities to Damien Rice and José González make it the perfect song for #MellowMonday. ‘Summer’ is a fantastic song – the almost whispered vocals sit beautifully amongst the high-pitched and dancing guitar melodies. It’s evocative of a warm summer evening in a vast field in the English countryside.

What do you think of this track? Have you heard it before? Got anything similar for us to hear? Please leave your song recommendations in a comment below or tell us via Twitter and Facebook!

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‘Summer’ is taken from the forthcoming album, After The Rain, and can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/summer/id1081985568?i=1081985774


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#MellowMonday: Imogen Heap – ‘Hide And Seek’


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This song is just incredible and was the first song I heard by Imogen Heap…and now, I’m obsessed with her sound!

‘Hide and Seek’ is such a unique song; it is solely performed with  Heap’s vocals which are transformed though a vocoder hooked up to a keyboard synth. This has created the incredible a cappella sound that made the song so iconic.

Since its release 11 years ago (this week), in 2005, the song has been featured in many television programmes and films, including popular teen drama, The O.C. It was also prominently sampled by Jason Derulo, in his 2009 single, Whatcha Say’.

It’s so passionate and heartfelt and I love how it doesn’t conform to the usual pop song structure. It is the perfect way to start the week. Enjoy 🙂

Have you heard this before? Did you love it when it was released? Are you still a fan today? Do you have any similar #MellowMonday songs you can share with us. Please communicate with us via our social media accounts.

Have a great week!

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‘Hide and Seek’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/hide-and-seek/id189964745?i=189965253


#MellowMonday: The Pierces – ‘I’ll Be Dreaming’

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The Pierces are a folk duo consisting of sisters, Allison and Catherine Piece. They are renowned for their folk harmonies and alternative adult pop songs.

Their debut album, The Pierces, came about (in 2000) after a friend sent a demo to a Nashville label.

This particular song is taken from that debut album and although it was never a single release (hence there’s no official video), it’s pure beauty is perfection for a #MellowMonday track. The soft percussion and intricate vocal harmonies are a real work of art and should be admired for their delicacy.

What do you think of this song? Do you appreciate it’s beauty? Have you got any similar songs to share with us?

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‘I’ll Be Dreaming’ can be purchased on iTunes as part of their debut album The Pierces – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/ill-be-dreaming/id186178222?i=186178817