Single Review: Andrew Combs – Blood Hunters

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Released: 3rd March 2017
Label: Loose (Europe)

He’s become known as the ‘modern, east Nashville Troubadour’; Andrew Combs is fast becoming the new face and sound of the Country/ Americana scene in the UK and the States.

The new single Blood Hunters is the leading track from his forthcoming album Canyons Of My Mind released April 2017 and is an insight into his finely crafted brand of alternative country.

Blood Hunters is a song about losing your mind. It is subtly dark in its lyrics but melodic and catchy in its delivery; an interesting and effective juxtaposition, which makes the sentiment all the more effective.

Combs said: “It came out in a haze of post tour blues; this being the 24-72 hours after you get home from tour in which you find yourself restless and somewhat deranged. The 180 degree flip in movement, conditions, and sleep patterns does this to me every time. Anyways, I lost it during one of these episodes. I thought everyone and their mother was out to get me, including myself.”

The accompanying video is a glorious short film set to Combs’ music… a sci-fi inspired tale with echoes of Stranger Things and War Of The Worlds. Directed by Ry Cox, the beautifully shot piece has a grand cinematic feel to it and delivers a brilliant twist at the end.

You could say that it’s the full package; thought-provoking songwriting, easy to digest with gripping visuals.

Combs is due to start his US tour in April and UK tour in May. Here’s a chance to catch this burgeoning songwriter at the start of what will be a very promising career.

– Charlie Barker

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Single Review: SIA – Chandelier

Released: 17th March 2014
Label: RCA Records

Sia ChandalierAustralian-born singer-songwriter SIA is back on the front line of mainstream music with her first solo single in four years. SIA’s last solo material, We Are Born, never made it to the UK top 40. Since hibernating from her solo career in 2010, the popster has subsequently embraced chart-topping victories with global stars. Having written and featured on massive hits Diamonds with Rihanna and Flo Rida’s Wild Ones, SIA hasn’t exactly hidden from success.

With mixed reviews from fans, this new release has solicited grumbles about a distinct change in musical direction. What should be noted is the longevity of a mainstream artist’s career and those who reinvent themselves tend to stay in the spotlight. With five albums already under her belt, Chandelier, the first single from her latest album, sets the tone for an upbeat crowd-pleasing track list.

Chandelier certainly is reminiscent of the catchy hooks and yearning vocals of Titanium and was co-written with her producer, Jesse Shatkin. The lyrics are limited in scope, unimaginative at times and the song crescendos with the customary epic high in the chorus to attract vanilla club-goers. Claiming to have written the song for herself ‘by accident’, SIA has told fans she was considering giving the song to Beyonce or Katy Perry. The song uses its big beats to offset her uniquely intense voice and captures the essence of the raw jamming session in which it was written.

The catchy melody may owe a debt to the repetitive lyrics but after high anticipation from critics and supporters alike, Chandelier is still set to be a hit.

– Biba Braxton

Single Review: Paloma Faith – Can’t Rely On You

Label: RCA Records
Released: 23/02/14

Paloma Faith returns with the release of her new single from her forthcoming third album A Perfect Contradiction.

Its a soulful, funky, upbeat track with heaps of attitude and a strong vocal performance from one of the UK’s finest and unique female vocalists.

One to never disappoint, Paloma throws herself into the character of a woman scorned by her unreliable lover. “You got that good stuff, but that don’t last. Ain’t good enough for me”, she sings.

With a distinct American soul feel, its not surprising to learn that the track was written and produced by Pharrell Williams, who achieved worldwide acclaim as the frontman in N.E.R.D. and more recently as a solo artist in his own right. He also appears as a backing vocalist on the track.

As expected Paloma can take a song, regardless of genre and carry it off with grace, charisma and her characteristic individual style. You can hear all her early soul influences within this record, mixed with a modern twist. Without a doubt this single whets our appetite for what is sure to be another well-crafted album release for her later this year.

– Charlie Barker