Gaeya – ‘Contact’.
Sandra Zackrisson aka GAEYA is an emerging world beat singer-songwriter hailing from Sweden, who came to our attention last month with her debut single Contact. At first listen, Contact is everything its talked up to be – ‘a call for awakening and connection amid an increasingly disconnected world’. Sonically, Gaeya’s world beat influences also make Contact’s message easy to want to listen to; drawing on a wonderful blend of ambient synth soundscapes. As a relatively new voice it will be interesting to see how Zackrisson connects her musical aspirations with her passion for humanity and the environment.
Buck Meek – ‘Second Sight’.
A few weeks ago Big Thief’s guitarist Buck Meek announced a new solo album, scheduled for release early January next year. It’s timing of course was interesting given the fact that 2020 was suppose to be a big year that saw his band Big Thief on tour promoting their acclaimed albums U.F.O.F and Two Hands. But as you can imagine in a year that has thrown up all sorts of shit, many dates were postponed and rescheduled for next year, including the Australian leg of their tour. So instead of burying his head in the sand, Buck used his time to lay down a new track called Roll Back Your Clocks, which was Meek’s attempt at embracing quarantine. He of course didn’t just stop there, going on to write and record another eleven new meditative tracks for his forthcoming album Two Saviors.
In a press release Meek said: “Writing these songs was a process of creating talismans— little prayers and visions from within the constant flux of pain, healing, and discovery that I could return to for perspective and share with those in need.”
While we will have to wait to hear the rest of the album, the first track released from it Second Sight is a gorgeous example of the ‘constant flux of pain, healing and discovery’ which Meek talks about. The track in itself is a wayward bluesy folk number in which Meek rambles on in his Tom Petty-esque voice. Enjoy!
Aaron Frazer – ‘Over You’.
Another artist with an album out early next year is Aaron Frazer of Durand Jones & The Indications fame. The singer’s debut solo effort, curiously titled Introducing.. was produced with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Interestingly, despite fans having to wait just a little while longer for the album to drop, the new single Over You which premiered overnight is by all accounts a wonderful indication of what we can expect with Frazer’s soul strengths and Auerbach’s worldly influences.
As recently reported: “Over You is inspired by the legendary northern soul 45s that electrified dance floors across the UK in the 1960s,” says Frazer. “Breakneck speeds and breakbeat drums challenged even the best dancers to pull out all the stops. Lyrically, ‘Over You’ captures a moment of despair in the darkest hour of a breakup. But sometimes to feel better, you just gotta shake your ass.”
Sasha Sloan – ‘House With No Mirrors’.
After several promising EP releases, Russian American Sasha Sloan finally dropped her first full-length album, Only Child this week. Having successfully transitioned from being just a gun for hire (songwriting for the likes of Katy Perry and John Legend), Sloan has in recent years taken a leap of faith in trusting her own instincts as a singer songwriter; and in the process there have been plenty of moments where she has put her own anxiety through the ringer via her songs. Her new highly anticipated album is a case in point of the poignant brutal lyrics she writes. When asked recently by Billboard to describe her debut album Sloan didn’t hesitate to say it’s a cross between Robyn meets Eva Cassidy meets ‘90s alternative. While tracks like Lie and Hypochondriac showcase Sloan’s affinity for confessional songwriting, House With No Mirrors for my mind stands as a triumph of the deep contemplation and honesty Sloan is aiming for on her album. Check it out!