London artist Saint Jude is back with his new single ‘Alright, All Tied’, an electronic indie track crammed full of soft hooks and a distinctive, intimate vocal delivery. For an artist as many-layered and sonically acrobatic as Saint Jude, every new release is somewhat of a surprise: and this is no different, while in the process of finishing his debut LP set to be released next year, Jude pulls a tune from the vaults, an autumn indie earworm to ramp up the excitement. Saint Jude explains: “This song was written as a way to get myself out of a period of writers block last year. In this song I wanted to engage with my feelings of uncertainty that were holding me back from writing. “I was struggling with writing about specifics - I couldn’t seem to engage with subject matter in the right kind of way, so with this track I tried to write something non-specific, that people could project their own narrative onto, but still engages with the feelings of uncertainty and frustration that I was feeling at the time. “I was also struggling with writing for the timbre of my own voice, and so for this track I’ve used quite a lot of processing to change the texture, I’ve layered my voice a lot as well, recording a lot of falsetto layers above the main vocal. “Recording with this processing on my voice made me sing in a different way and kind of eased me out of my normal style of writing that I had become frustrated with. “I tried a lot of exercises to help me out of that creative block, and this song was the only one that was successful. Through making this song I felt like I reconnected with something, and it got me back into the flow of creating again, and I was able to finish the album that I was working on.” In catholic lore, Saint Jude is the patron saint of lost causes; however, his musical namesake is far from that. Saint Jude has overcome trepidation to create highly focused work that teems with bright colours, shimmering textures and raw emotion at every turn.
Uma shares new AA single ft. Amy May Ellis - Maybe We'll Wake Up & Nebula and is Announced as main support for Puma Blue’s European Tour with Lucy Lu. Uma says of the songs and her collaboration with Ellis; They were written in the heart of spring, on a boat in the middle of london. They are a memory of who we were at that time and who we have become, of our friendship and the moments we have shared throughout the years and across different towns and countries”. The tracks follow Uma’s two previous EP’s, 2020’s debut EP Bel-li and 2021’s The Moth & The Dove. The EP’s caught the attention of Clash, Loud & Quiet, The Needle Drop, DIY, The Line of Best Fit and Gigwise, citing touchstone cult folk artists Linda Perhacs, Josephine Foster and Sybille Baier and a combination of classical arrangements, Spanish guitar. Uma was born and grew up in Barcelona and classically trained in violin from the age of four. Her British mother trained in performance arts and Thai father worked in a hospice in the slums of Bangkok as a young man. As well as her musical upbringing of Joni Mitchell, Buika, Nico and Ella Fitzgerald, Uma credits travelling and growing up around several cultures as a key ingredient in her work. She currently lives in Barcelona with her partner Luke Bower (Lucy Lu) and the pair collaborated on 2020’s “Bring Me The Mountain” double A side. Uma’s work is written and performed at Can Obert, her home-come-music-residency that has seen over twenty-five young artists pass through including Alice Bloomfield, Max Pope, Amy May Ellis and Nilüfer Yanya. The residency has become a hotbed of creativity and collaboration, producing over twenty songs in a week. Uma continues to experiment with her sound, playing with space, electronics, and styles from bossa nova right through to pop. Today’s AA is a sparse, guitar led single that allows the combination of Uma’s and Ellis’ vocals shine. “Maybe We'll Wake Up” and “Nebula” by Uma, Amy May Ellis is available on all online platforms on Slow Dance.
Hold Hold is the second track from Glows rollout of material this summer as an officially formed duo. Whilst still taking inspiration from a web of conceptual and anthropological references, the track marks a departure from the personal narratives of the JL HOOKER EP. Led by an interest in communal gathering and the shared experience offered through dance music and club culture, it’s the first track from a new phase in which their kaleidoscopic approach is geared towards a more outward focus. Following the often melancholic JL EP and the underlying hum of anxiety on latest single Tropics, Hold Hold still maintains and channels these emotions. It’s release marks the decision to wrestle them up and outwards towards a frantic yet euphoric intensity.
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