Today we introduce you to Mansionair, an Australian trio perhaps best known to this date from their acclaimed support slot of the CHVRCHES UK tour. Their latest track, “Astronaut” encompasses beautifully their trademark electric soul, and comes from their experience of life on the road. In a recent interview they discussed their absolute love for touring and its relationship to the isolation also present, with the result being a feeling of weightlessness and confusion – in other words, that of an astronaut.
Chasing Grace may well be on a break, but thankfully for us their music keeps on giving. “Free”, as is their trademark, so beautifully tells a story of great importance – illustrating a tale in the listeners’ minds through intricately layered instrumental and volume blending. The protagonist’s introduction so beautifully comes in the form of a recurring piano motif, before the high-energy (yet understated) guitar and drums come in to take us on a journey, whilst lead vocalists Grace and Phil effortlessly alternate for maximum musical effect.
Unless you have been living under a rock for the last year, then you will no doubt be aware of the infamous charm of today’s artist, Sufjan Stevens. Fresh from his successes with the breathtaking “Visions of Gideon” and “Mystery of Love” (commissioned for the soundtrack of the film “Call Me By Your Name”) he brings us “Tonya Harding”. Interestingly, this did not come about because of the latest production – but simply because of his fascination with the song’s focus. He sent it to the filmmakers for consideration, but they could not find a place for it and so it remains a standalone single. All for us? No complaints here.
With such a refreshingly honest focus on mental health, “Secret For The Mad” is the beautiful and haunting work of Essex-based singer-songwriter and author, dodie. Her first EP, “Intertwined” reached Number 35 on the official UK album charts in its first week of release despite its unsigned status, with her second EP, “You” (and from which this track comes) debuting at number 6.
Hailing originally from the Australian city of Perth, it is no wonder that “Crooked Colours” has such a warm and laid-back sound. Fresh off the release of their debut album, Vera, the trio are set to embark on a world tour in order to share their electronically mellow vibe. Fusing together high intensity rhythms with a soft oozing melody, there is nothing crooked about “Flow” – just a whole load of colour.
As a self-professed sufferer of stage fright, Hannah Reid (vocalist for London Grammar) has, in the past, had a tendency to shy away from touring. After a sell-out tour they are back to promote their second album, “Truth is a Beautiful Thing”, in a small series of intimate gigs. Tonight I saw them at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall – a beautiful venue with less than half the capacity of their last tour’s dates. Entering the stage with a quiet gracefulness, the Nottingham-based trio of Hannah, Dan and Dot modestly slipped into “Who Am I”. Backlit by three mesh screens, intricate projections of life illuminated their silhouettes. A gentle cascade of watery images – bacteria multiplying; mountains swaying – flickered softly and they guided us through both new and old tracks. Their stage demeanour was in keeping with their music: mellow indie pop – un-showing, yet authentic. Hannah is a lady of few words but great talent, and so the three of them took it in turns to introduce tracks with an endearing shyness and chat to the smitten crowd. “Hey Now” got a huge resins from the audience as expected, but it was during the less-assuming “Rooting for You” when Hannah really shone. Taking a seat to help her with the high notes, she angelically darted between notes like a floating dandelion head. A truly magnificent performance.
As the mothership of everything creative and wholesome lands in Abbots Ripton for the last time this weekend, it is fair to assume that Secret Garden Party 2017 will go out with a loud (and somewhat colourful) bang. Thankfully guitarleaves has you covered, and will be donning the glitter and wellies for the finale of the the greatest show on Earth, all under the tag sgp2017.