OUT TODAY: The Far North Shares Debut Single, ‘This House Is Ours’

Consisting of singer /songwriter/guitarist Lee Wylding and drummer, Andie Packer, THE FAR NORTH shares their first single, ‘This House Is Ours’, out now via Red Lantern Records.

With the fleetingness of the guitar and drums creating a gleeful Americana tone, Lee described the brand new offering as “a joyous celebration of all the little things in life, an appreciation of the ones you love and remember to live in the moment, eschewing material possessions in favour of making memories with those you hold dear and love.”

The Far North are no strangers to the music circuit as Lee was the frontman of UK Americana band, The Fireflys for 12 years, where Andie was the drummer. Based in Runcorn, North West of England, the band has received a firm backing from major music tastemakers such as NME, Music Insider, BBC Manchester, BBC Liverpool and Amazing Radio.

Since the dissolution of The Fireflys in 2019, Lee has been in talks with noted UK producer/songwriter Nigel Stonier (Joan Baez, Robert Plant, Martha Wainwright, Lindisfarne, The Waterboys and Fairpoint Convention). After Demoing 25 songs, the pair began working on The Far North’s debut album, titled ‘Songs For Gentle Souls’, due for release 4th September via Red Lantern Records.

Influenced by the likes of Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen, the album – recorded at Manchester’s Airtight Studios – delves into Lee’s rawest emotive songwriting, spanning from personal experiences. ‘Song For Gentle Souls’ features new renditions of Firefly’s singles, including ‘Branches’ and ‘When We Were Young’. Also a Firefly’s song, ‘This House Is Ours’, which originally adopts a rustic folkore feel, leads the album with a feathery light makeover, still retaining the message of appreciation for life and loved ones.

With their impressive track record on the alternative music radar, the embracing warmth of ‘This House Is Ours ’may place The Far North’s new journey in a very promising position.

‘This House Is Ours’ will be available on 24th July on all major download and streaming sites, including Apple Music, Amazon Music and Spotify

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Website: https://www.thefarnorth.co.uk/

New Track: Dream – Dol Vita

Hailing from Guildford, Surrey electro pop/rock princess DOL VITA delivers her brand new single, ‘Dream’ out now.

A cross between Lana Del Rey and Lady Gaga, DOL VITA‘s alluring instrument steals the show in this four-minute piece, which boasts melodic/dreamy soundscapes, with almost distorted guitar riffs adding a real hell raising/rocky edge.

‘Dream’ is available on major music platforms, including iTunes and Spotify…before you head off, check out the video to this masterpiece…

EP Review: Thunder In The Desert – Amique

AMIQUE‘s self-produced EP, ‘Thunder In The Desert’, explores the realms of spirituality along with love, loneliness and fear, alternating between the richness of soulful gospel and his holistic-ish/hazy take on modern R&B/soul.

His five-track teaser will go down treat with massive fans of Janet Jackson’s, ‘I Get Lonely’, as he put a take-it-to-the-church spin on the 90s hit. ‘I’m Wondering’ and ‘Forbidden Love’ display his holistic approach to modern R&B/soul with the haziness of the guitar plucks giving off that subtle  Prince-esque rock sensation.

With this small set, AMIQUE has built up just enough curiosity, through his well-controlled falsetto, for you to look out for his next move – check it out.

Must Listen: I Get Lonely, Forbidden Love

Song of the Day: The Deep End – Opãru

Following the success of debut single, ‘Remember Me’ – named Song of Week by NEW LEASE MUSIC last December – OPÃRU returns with another stunning single, ‘The Deep End.’

The Deep End’ is a love song to her beloved and admires the strengths and the flaws in a relationship, but most importantly it focuses on the depth of what most humans attempt to obtain in their lifetime. This release sees the singer-songwriter and actress whose real name is Dianna St. Hilaire – exchange the classical music element, from her previous single, for a guitar drench/pop affair.

The video for ‘The Deep End’ encompasses the beautiful aspects of nature, blending them with an urban landscape. Featuring stunning time-lapsed visuals of nature at it’s finest, the hustle and bustle of a city at night and a brilliant night of dancing lights, the video highlights the importance of finding compassion for living things and being mindful of your inner animal.

In late 2015, St. Hilaire reinvented  herself as OPÃRU, deriving from the Japanese name of the birthstone opal. OPÃRU‘s roots stem from experimental electronic, 80s synth pop, and alternative rock.

Watch the video for ‘The Deep End’.

EP Review: Missing Pieces – Sleeplust

Four-piece band SLEEPLUST put their new-found sound to the test through their latest EP, ‘Missing Pieces’, released last month.

Unlike their previous self-titled EP, which possess a carefree combo of electro pop/rock, ‘Missing Pieces’ boasts a rich downtempo (ish)/electronica drive, making it more of a hypnotic affair.

That deep electro-bass unapologetically takes the stage and goes all in with the introductory effort, ‘Flood Gates,’ before easing up in the following tracks, ‘Organized Mess’, ‘Lights’ and ‘Tiny Raindrops.’

The pot of gold is, by far, the concluding offering ‘Forever and Always’, where their infamous drive is stripped away, making way for an intimate acoustic setting that will helplessly draw in any listener; a great way to end an EP.

Gotta say their decision to shift towards an emotive sound is a massive plus and I reckon this little package will resonate with people who really appreciate good music. Have a listen for yourself.

Must Listens: Flood Gates, Tiny Raindrops, Forever and Always.