#EventSpeaks: Fickle Friends @ Resident Records, Brighton – 19/03/18


   

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On Monday 19th March 2018, Brighton-based indie/pop outfit, Fickle Friends, came to Brighton in support of their debut album release (You Are Someone Else review, here), to play two shows; one stripped-back, short set and album signing at Resident Records and the other a full-on, full-length set at Concorde 2, later that same night!


Fickle Friends

The Resident Records set was short but very, very sweet!

The indie/pop quintet had been mingling in the store for a while before modestly starting their mini set, at 6:30pm.

As they began, Natti explained just how nervous she was, given how stripped back the performance was going to be. However, the band soon proceeded to launch into their alternative version of ‘Brooklyn’, led by rather cheesy yet somehow adorable, programmed drums.

As the set progressed, there was some instrument swapping and a real admiration for their fans’ support. Natti also explained that today marked some milestone achievements for Fickle Friends; 1) an in-store performance and signing at Resident Records and 2) to play a sold-out show at Brighton’s Concorde 2, which she went on to state, was perfect timing, as she’d just moved out of Brighton and felt that it was a very fitting send-off.

This type of performance was truly special and demonstrated the band giving something back to their loyal and dedicated fans. Plus, as they finished, they announced that it was looking like they were heading for the Top 10 in the UK Charts and could not have been more ecstatic about it.

Immediately afterwards, the band stood behind the shop counter and allowed their fans to get their CDs and Vinyls signed, and spent time chatting to each of them; it was really lovely to see.

Highlights:

  • Seeing just how humble and modest the band were.
  • The appreciation they showed for their fans not only being their but supporting them by purchasing their album, plus the time they took to talk to each of their fans, whilst signing copies of their album, You Are Someone Else.
  • Natti‘s incredible voice and being a part of witnessing the band put on such a vulnerable but perfect performance, given how full-on their sound normally is.
  • The alternative versions they performed, made it feel very unique and like it was a truly one-off performance.

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Setlist

Brooklyn
Wake Me Up
Glue*
Hard To Be Myself
Swim

This song can be viewed in the YouTube video, below.


Finally, I want to say an absolutely HUGE thanks to Simon Neal for setting up this review and to Fickle Friends themselves for putting on a fantastic mini show and being so lovely to all of their fans – a really fantastic, intimate performance!


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#MellowMonday: Petit Biscuit – ‘Sunset Lover’


   

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Petit Biscuit (less frequently known by his real name of Mehdi Benjelloun) is a French DJ and music producer, born November 10th 1999.

His song, ‘Sunset Lover’, was released in 2015 onto the music platform Soundcloud, when he was at the young age of 15. The song has been stripped back in terms of style compared to the mainstream electronica music which you frequently hear in the charts. What we are left with, is a melody that includes a simplistic yet heavily relaxing guitar line, single short notes, a basic kick drum, occasional clapping and strange yet intriguing vocals, which could be seen to mimic an infant sounding out words for the first time.

The song has now reached over 180 million streams on Soundcloud and Spotify combined, as well as it reaching No. 13 on the Hot/Dance/Electronic song chart. It can be found on his newest album titled Presence, which was released last year (2017).

“Sunset Lover is more about the chorus and verse, even if there aren’t lyrics”Petit Biscuit

I personally find that the creative rhythm, melodic presence and unique style of this song is calming, relaxing and thought provoking. I frequently listen to Petit’s music while studying or occasionally when trying to sleep in the evenings after a particularly stressful day.

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‘Sunset Lover’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/sunset-lover/1288742033?i=1288743028


#MellowMonday: Allman Brown – ‘Palms’ featuring Liz Lawrence


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‘Palms’ is the latest single to be taken from Londoner, Allman Brown‘s upcoming album 1000 Years and it’s a real stunner!

Featuring guest vocals from Liz Lawrence, the song is transcendent with it’s beautiful and intricate vocal harmonies atop a delicate instrumental; it’s an incredibly well crafted song.

No music video has emerged yet, but we’ll keep you posted if/when one does.

What are your thoughts of this up-and-coming singer/songwriter? Have you got anything similar you can share with us for #MellowMonday? Leave your thoughts, comments or own song suggestions in a comment below or via our social media.

Have a great week everyone!

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‘Palms’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/palms-feat.-liz-lawrence/id1177506010?i=1177506591


#WildCardWednesday: Matt Woods – ‘Nothing Less’


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Matt Woods is an up-and-coming UK-based artist who blends his soulful vocals with synths to create an electronic R&B vibe.

“This is probably both the saddest and most upbeat song I have put out so far,” declares Woods, continuing, “I love the idea of people getting some joy out of what is really a heart breaking sentiment.”

And somehow this song does just that, manages to be uplifting, yet sultry, all at the same time. His falsetto vocals sit atop an almost euphoric, yet simple soundscape. It manages to stray enough away from the current tropical house trend so as not to follow it, but not so far away that it’s still edgy, current pop music.

No official video has been released yet, but as always, we’ll keep you updated on this.

What are your thoughts of Matt Woods? Will you be checking out more from him? Please let us know your thoughts or tell us your own #WildCardWednesday track in a comment below or via our social media.

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‘Nothing Less’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/nothing-less/id1161718543?i=1161718708


#MellowMonday: Meadowlark – ‘Headlights’


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Having seen Meadowlark supporting Aquilo at Patterns in Brighton (check out our review here), over the weekend, I couldn’t post anything else for this week’s #MellowMonday!

The song is mellow, adult pop at its best – it has elements of calm electronica with essences of modern, contemporary pop, making for an intriguing and beautiful track. The guitar sounds combined with synths and distorted, high-pitched vocals are pure perfection, accompanied by stunningly simplistic, yet powerful vocals; it’s got a feel of Ellie Goulding about it.

The video only adds to the interest of the song – not only is it a wholly captivating track, but the video is shot in one take, adding another dimension to the experience of this release.

What are your thoughts of this band? Do you like their sound? Have you already heard of them? What would you choose for #MellowMonday? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment below or hit us up via Twitter or Facebook.

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‘Headlights’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/headlights-single/id1149418717


#FeelGoodFriday: Hannah White – ‘I’ll Make You Strong’


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This week, we’re doing a special #FeelGoodFriday post, about upcoming singer-songwriter Hannah White‘s newest track, ‘I’ll Make You Strong’.

The song is the first to be taken from her upcoming third album Whose Side Are You On? It is a rather infectious, 3-minute, hook-centred, guitar-strumming, feel-good masterpiece and is sure to have you humming it throughout the day!

Hannah has been gaining notoriety on BBC Radio 2, BBC London and BBC Introducing as well as a whole host of magazines.

Aside from this catchy tune, I’m certainly excited to hear more of her upcoming album release – be sure to check it out and let us know what you think.

What do you think of this new song from Hannah White? Have you heard any of her other songs? Would you recommend us a similar #FeelGoodFriday song? Please leave comments on this post or talk to us via our social media accounts.

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‘I’ll Make You Strong’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/ill-make-you-strong-single/id1097263170