EP Review: Further Away: Melanie Crew

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It’s been a little over a year since MELANIE CREW appeared on NEW LEASE MUSIC with her debut EP Until The End, which received airplay on BBC Radio 6 and BBC Kent. Now she’s back with her second EP, Further Away, released beginning of this month.

The London-based singer/songwriter reunites with her old faithful acoustic guitar, creating that rich, folky sensation and adds some soulful and sultry spice to her usual sweet and (respectfully) girl-like vocal range.

With therapeutic and occasionally soft uptempo soundscapes, Further Away EP is the perfect bet to start the week on a soothing note –  after a rowdy weekend.

Must Listens: Ghost, A Hundred Words, All That I Want.

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Upcoming Release: The Coast – Ren

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After the success of his debut single, My Heart Belongs To Ireland singer-songwriter REN, releases his second single The Coast on October 7 .

Delightfully boasting a soul-warming folksy sensation, the three-and-a-half production documents the Newcastle tinker’s trip around Europe.

Speaking of his big adventure, he said: ” To get the funds together, I converted my van into a camper van and lived in it in London whilst working a 9-5. I used to turn up to work every morning in running shorts and pretend that I had run into work just so I could use the office showers!

I started my trip by getting the ferry to Norway from England with my van and from there I drove through Scandinavia, central Europe and a bit of Eastern Europe. I ended up living in the North of Holland for a little while before I moved to France for 5 months.”

If you’re in the Newcastle area on the 1st Oct, drop by Alphabetti Theatre for his single launch…but for now, sample have a listen.

Song of the Day: Summer Night On Fairytale Land – Pedro Syrah

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Singer-songwriter and guitarist PEDRO SYRAH prepares for the release of his new album Fairytale Land with this intimate new track Summer Night On Fairytale Land.

The Portugal-born crooner  has already played in esteemed Lisbon venues such as the mighty Aula Magna and now hopes to take his fresh and exciting sound beyond his birthplace. A creative guitarist, he draws a lot of influence from classical music, also playing with unconventional tunings to form a unique sound that is entirely his own.

His upcoming album is set to centre around a variety of personal themes including love stories, the loss of friends and a road trip he took in California. Pedro has described his sound as ‘an immersive experience into ourselves and our feelings’.

With recording set to take place in Abbey Road studio with Sean Magee, Fairytale Land is sure to take this sound to new levels. His music is likely to appeal to fans of indie-folk artists including Ben Howard, Damien Rice, The National and Jamie Cullum.

Fairytale Land is out October…for now, watch the video to the latest single, Summer Night on Fairytale Land.

New Track: Final Exit – Tom Mitchell

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NEW LEASE MUSIC is proud – nope wrong word – ecstatic to welcome back TOM MITCHELL with his spanking new single, Final Exit.

The Bristolian alternative folk rocker and songwriter last made an appearance back in 2014 with the ever-so-soothing Shadow In The Water.

So if you’re trying to get rid of your weekend hangover, this will do the trick – listen now to his less-than-24-hour effort and happy Monday!

New Track: Human – Lanre

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In five days’ time, British singer-songwriter LANRE will hit you between the eyes with her powerful new single, Human, the first release from her forthcoming EP of the same name.

A strong acoustic drive makes its way to introduce the latest effort, leading into an unexpected marshmallowy fusion of soul/folk. Influenced by her Yoruba heritage, the  captivating delivery contains compelling messages such as, ‘We’re all broken so that light can come in’, giving the most-worn out listener that glimmer of hope.

Born in Stoke-On-Trent in England, LANRE has spent most of her youth in Nigeria where she started singing and performing live from the age of eight. In 2002, the flamed-haired songstress toured around the globe as a member of award-winning UK collective GK REAL. This experience ignited in her the desire to pursue a solo career with the launch of the debut album Pen Voyage Chapter One: Singing For Change  in 2011 followed by the critically acclaimed EP Home in 2014 (praised by MOBO, MTV UK among others).

Her new EP Human is set to be released on April 29th. This new record is a collection of uplifting songs, which encapsulates the essence and depth of this newcomer’s artistry. Relating the struggles and celebrations of life, Human is a hopeful hymn to togetherness. So if you like what you hear, pre-order your copy the EP with the immediate release of the single.