New Music Video: Julia – Bella Loka

Following the release of music video for single, ‘Go Down’, Tea and David Boothby – otherwise known as BELLA LOKA – shows no sign of slowing down and churns out another video for bittersweet single entitled ‘Julia’, release in conjunction with their album, ‘The Light, The Mud & The Dark’ on 28th April.

The four-minute offering documents a complicated relationship between mother, son, and daughter-in-law. Featuring cello from guest musician Mark O’Connor, the song was produced by guitarist David Boothby and mixed by Rob Cass & Pearse MacIntyre at Abbey Road Studios.

Tea Boothby’s touching video was partly filmed at the Alton Towers theme park resort along with  glimpses of video footage of David as a child….so it’s time to watch the video for heart-wrenching single ‘Julia’…and if it did pull your heartstrings, it’s worth sampling their album here.

New Music Video: Go Down – Bella Loka

BELLA LOKA unleashed their brand-new music video for ‘Go Down’, the lead track from the forthcoming debut album, ‘The Light, The Mud & The Dark’, set to be released via DEFDISCO on 28th April 2017.

Recorded at Abbey Road Studios with in-house producers Rob Cass & Pearse MacIntyre, ‘Go Down’ contrasts ethereal, seductive vocals with a pumping monster-hook chorus and filtered, broken guitars and synths.

The sinister video was produced, directed and edited by singer/songwriter Tea Boothby, whose artistic vision extends to creating all of BELLA LOKA‘s music videos, artwork, and live visuals.

‘Go Down’ will be an instant gratification download with pre-orders of the album available from yesterday. There’s also the opportunity to explore the upcoming album through an interactive choose-your-own-adventure game on YouTube called ‘Colin: The Chicken & The Egg’, where you get to decide the fate of the characters Colin and The Blue Miner as they seek to survive the night, save the town, and avoid one of many unfortunate demises!

But before you head off for the game, have a sneak peek of the video.

EXCLUSIVE: watch Sophie Longshaw’s brand new video to single, Hold You

Exactly a week after releasing single, ‘Hold You’, SOPHIE LONGSHAW unveiled the visual to her latest emotive release.

Shot by Andy Turner, who was one of the creators/directors of Muse’s ‘Sing For Absolution’ video, the four-minute simplistic yet compelling production, features the Twin Records recruit in the recording studio, showcasing her stunningly soulful vocals in the acoustic guitar-driven arrangements.

‘Hold You’ is the follow-up to a series up heart-tugging singles, including ‘In The Morning’, ranked #8 on NEW LEASE MUSIC’s Top Ten Songs of 2016 list.

Time for you to check out the video to Sophie’s latest offering…and remember, you saw it first on NEW LEASE MUSIC.

New Track: Hold You – Sophie Longshaw

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As a follow-up to her ’emotive and stunning’ debut single releases in 2016 – which include ‘In The Morning’, ranked #8 on NEW LEASE MUSIC’s Top Ten Songs of 2016 list, 20-year-old singer-songwriter SOPHIE LONGSHAW returns with ‘Hold You’, a beautiful and soulful acoustic electronic track recorded last summer.

The London-based student’s amazing voice attracted attention last autumn when her melancholic cover of Muse’s ‘Supermassive Black Hole’ crashed Gigwise. After signing to TWIN, her debut AA single ‘In The Morning’ and ‘Let’s Go To The Beach’ became Editors Picks and gained very positive reviews from many indie playlists and ezines.

Produced by TWIN founder and BAFTA nominated composer/producer Chris Mann, Sophie’s unique stripped back and emotional sound is built around her vocals. Influenced by a range of artists such as Noah and the Whale, Lianne la Havas, Elbow and Lucy Rose her downtempo blend of indie and pop has been compared to Birdy, Lorde and Adele.

Go on, have a listen.

 

 

New Music Video: Rise Up – Bella Loka

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BELLA LOKA have been busy behind the cameras, as they released another visual to mystical/uplifting single, Rise Up, released last month via iTunes.

Tea Boothby describes the latest effort as, “a love story between the day and the night, the light and the dark. Having become separated ‘in the beginning’ the light and the dark are irresistibly drawn back together, with seemingly opposing chess pieces depicting how love can appear as a battle, until it’s won.”

As part of the production of the video, Tea stood motionless against the iconic London skyline on Primrose Hill for 5 hours from dawn as the sun came up to film time-lapse footage of herself against the rolling clouds and shifting shadows.

Take a few minutes out and watch the video for Rise Up.

Music Video: Well Done – Bella Loka

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Husband and wife team BELLA LOKA return with a kaleidoscopic music video to double A-single Well Done, released last month.

Produced by singer/songwriter Tea Boothby, the three-and-a-half-minute production reflects the duo’s visual representation of the mental disorientation they experienced upon moving to London from their hometown of Bristol in order to further their music career.

The song describes the virtual wilderness Tea & David found themselves in after deciding to move on from their Bristol-based indie-rock band and re-invent as a Camden-based electronic alt-pop duo recording with in-house producers Rob Cass & Pearse MacIntyre at Abbey Road Studios.

Despite its traumatic origins the song is relentlessly upbeat, with singer Tea determined to “turn my pain into a song” and choosing to listen to the voice that says, “Well done, you’ve made it this far… you’re gonna make it out.”

You gonna need your sunglasses for this one…check the video for Well Done.

Song of the Day: In The Morning – Sophie Longshaw

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Today’s song comes from the adorable freckled redhead SOPHIE LONGSHAW. Fresh to the music scene, the London-based songstress released two original tracks under international music agency/record label DEFDISCO (UK/Dallas) in collaboration with Chris Mann’s Twin Records, which includes the stunningly emotive, In The Morning.

With such delicately soulful vocals, this 20-year-old clearly has what it takes. After leaving BBC’s The Voice, she recorded a heart wrenching acoustic cover of Muse’s Supermassive Black Hole was premiered on Gigwise…so if you can spare five minutes, check it out – but before you head off, I highly recommend you to stick around and listen to In The Morning.

 

 

New Music Video: We are Young – Bella Loka

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Exactly a week after appearing with the mystical visual to single, Honey B, indie-pop duo BELLA LOKA are back with another fun-pack video to new single, We Are Young.

The four-minute production is “a short sharp slap in the face and a kiss on both cheeks to the music industry”, says singer/songwriter and video director Tea Boothby, before adding, “just like me!” The song is a mildly venomous, deeply sarcastic f*&k you to the “so-called tastemakers” who sit and tell you that you have “everything but time.” A defiant call that “we’ll sing until our time has come”, We Are Young is a challenge to keep going, never give up, and refuse to allow anyone to tell you that you are too young or too old to achieve something.

Produced and directed by Tea Boothby, the black and white visual was filmed on location around BELLA LOKA’s hometown of Camden Town, London, including scenes filmed on and under the bridges at Regent’s Canal and in the famous Stables market.

For other scenes, the pair asked friends and family to film their young children dancing to the song and to send their footage for use in the video, and the result include scenes filmed in places as far-flung as Australia. The video contrasts the creative and free-spirited nature of children when left to their own devices with the soul-destroying and barren constraints of what’s left for young struggling artists trying to be heard.

So you know what to do – hit the play button and unleash your inner child.

New Music Video: Honey B – Bella Loka

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David and Tea Boothby – aka Indie pop duo BELLA LOKA – are back with a music video to their latest single, Honey B. Vocalist and songwriter Tea Boothby, who’s also a filmmaker, created the four-minute magical production.

Recently signed to Dallas/Sheffield-based label DEFDISCO (Public Enemy, Kaela Sinclair from M83, Lovestarrs), the husband/wife team have just completed their debut album The Light, The Mud & The Dark at the infamous Abbey Road Studios working with in-house producers Rob Cass & Pearse MacIntyre (Cave Productions). The album is set for release late in 2016.

Honey B is now available on iTunes…for now, watch the video to the single.

New Music Video: Get Your Sexy On – Lovestarrs

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Brother and sister, Sarah and Hamish McIntosh – aka electro pop outfit LOVESTARRS –  have released a fun-packed video to their single, Get Your Sexy On.

Previously known as The Good Natured, they were signed to Parlophone/EMI a few years ago and dropped by the label with an album ready to be released. The duo subsequently found a new home with DEFDISCO whose ethos puts creative control in the hands of the artist, building a community rather than a roster.

The single is now available on all major music outlets.