Top Tracks: Two Islands – Still Life

Maintaining an air of anonymity is a challenging and risky move in this image focussed modern lifestyle, but when someone offers up a deliriously addictive hit like ‘Still Life’ it doesn’t matter where it came from, you’re just thankful it’s there. Enigmatic Liverpudlian band Two Islands have delivered a dose of indie pop perfection with their latest single. With its shimmering synths, groovy bass lines and gorgeous retro melodies, ‘Still Life’ injects some pure, undiluted joy into your day. A late addition to my list of top songs of 2017, this irresistible indie anthem brings together the best of modern pop with classic 80s vibes, and is sure to get you up and moving. I defy you not to be drawn in and eager for more from the terrific Two Islands.

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Tom Petty passes away

Shortly after concluding the Heartbreakers’ 40th anniversary tour, Americana icon Tom Petty died aged 66 after suffering cardiac arrest. With his band The Heartbreakers he penned such hits as ‘Runnin’ Down A Dream’, ‘Free Fallin’ and ‘Learning To Fly’, which helped him become arguably the quintessential Americana artist and inspire generations of songwriters. He also played a vital role as part of The Travelling Wilburys, quite possibly the greatest “supergroup” ever assembled. His work is so deeply ingrained in American culture that it’s difficult to say just how far-reaching his influence was. This much-loved bastion of heartland rock will be sorely missed.

Top Tracks: Glen Hansard – Time Will Be The Healer

Few people live and breathe music the way that Glen Hansard does. He pours every last ounce of his heart and soul into his music, and the reassuring rise and fall of ‘Time Will Be The Healer’ is no exception. This lead single from his third solo album Between Two Shores, out 19th January, is some of his most arresting and heartwarming work yet, and also marks the first time Glen has produced an album himself. Glen is one of those artists that will always win your heart; it’s inevitable. Whether you’re a fan eagerly awaiting more wondrous music from the man himself, or you’re looking for a starting point to delve into one of the most underrated singer/songwriters going, Between Two Shores looks to be one of the early highlights of next year. Till then, this track will be in heavy rotation!

Spotlight!: Lots Holloway

lots hollowayFollowing on from her bewitching single ‘Stay A Little Longer‘ earlier in the year, multi-instumentalist Lots Holloway is back to delight with her debut EP. Raised in a small town in Cornwall, before moving to London to hone her work, she has meticulously crafted these songs in her own unique style and carefully controlled every single aspect of her creations. The sweet expanse of ‘Slow Down’ shares a moral of savouring every moment of this fleeting life, while the superb bass tones of ‘Berry Bones’ are reminiscent of Bowie’s ‘Ashes To Ashes’. ‘Love Me’ sees Lots at her most infectious and accessible, while the stripped back ‘Between You And Me’ shows a whole new side to her, vulnerable and pleading. It’s a stark contrast to the venom infused vocals and experimental soundscapes of her previous single, and really shows Lots’ adaptability as an artist and as a songwriter. This self-taught and single-minded singer/songwriter showcases her talents with passion and purpose. Determined to carve out her own path, Lots is one to watch.

Fans of Lorde, PJ Harvey, Angel Olsen and Halsey should check out her debut EP Slow Down out 4th October.