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Music Submission, Arliston

Artist or Band Name: 
Arliston

ARLISTON

South The Anatomy of a Car-Crash

NEW SINGLE: ‘SOUTH’

RELEASE DATE – 13/03/2020

LISTEN HERE // WATCH HERE

Arliston return with their first single of 2020 which was written while on tour in Canada. The song had the working title of ‘Stranger Things’ until the last days of mixing, as the hazy, crepuscular riff that the song is built around possesses an inescapable 80’s nostalgia. The clean minimal choruses are balanced beautifully between the chaotic downbeat of the verse, creating something unusual but brilliantly compelling.

“The band's playfully experimental take on digital pop is reaping dividends, with the three-piece charging into unknown climes.”– Clash 

Over the years, Arliston have had continued support from the likes of BBC Radio 1, Clash, KALTBLUT, Amazing Radio, The 405 and Resonance FM who have championed the distinctive dark-wave sound with comparisons made with The National and Bon Iver. Alongside top engineer, Darren Jones and long-time collaborator Danny Monk, ‘South’ keeps to Arliston’s melancholy style with its clean reverb guitar line, effortless vocals and crisp drumbeat.

This meaning of the newest single ‘South’ centres around the question - At what point is there too much layered scar tissue to keep moving forwards in a relationship? Lots of little individually insignificant actions, adding up to total catastrophe.

“It’s a melancholy boiling pot, one reminiscent of Editors meets The National with a dash of something more contemporary thrown in for good measure.” – One Stop Record Shop

The video shows a couple taking turns alternately damaging, then repairing a hapless vehicle. The damage: reckless and permanent, and the repair: inadequate and makeshift. Continuing, until the car is a visible wreck. Driving forward seems like a constructive step, but the vehicle, the relationship, the thing they’re both sitting in has sustained too much damage, so crashes spectacularly and terminally. Any one of these things in isolation could have been absorbed or tolerated, but when they occur with the memory of previous transgressions raging away in the background it becomes too much. Everything goes ‘South’.

Each time Arliston release a song, it seems on foot gets planted deeper in the ambient, dark-indie sensibility they have become known for, while the other finds ever new ground to mix their growing palate with. This time referencing the mainstream-pop world with a nod to the powerfully minimal bass drops in Billie Ellish’s ‘When the Party’s Over’. Look out for new material and shows coming soon in 2020.

West Wind

West Wind
West Wind is a four piece band from the South Coast of NSW, Australia. They blend funk, electronic and downtempo styles into one unique sound
Artist or Band Name: 
West Wind
Playing on BBS Radio between talk shows
CD Information
West Wind, song titled, River
CD Name: 
River - single
Song Names: 
River

Music Submission, Andrew Hetherington

Andrew Hetherington
Artist or Band Name: 
Andrew Hetherington

In the age of commodification few artists are driven by a pure love of creating. Andrew Hetherington is one of a rare breed : ‘I make music that moves my soul’ he says.

Andrew Hetherington is an Australian indie musician, songwriter and producer. One of life’s polymaths, Hetherington straddles these roles with confidence bringing a fierce originality yet still classic sound, forged by the music he grew up with. 80s retro-wave, laced with smooth synths, mellow guitars and achingly beautiful vocals meet the harmony and rhythms of classic pop. It’s addictive, something both new and familiar at the same time.

Hetherington’s love of creating comes from a place of honesty; a long and very real journey toward sharing his work with the world. After years of playing bass in various projects, in 2017 he began to construct his own ideas. A youth spent at the record player started to pay dividends when beautifully crafted slices of pop started to emerge. The right kind of attention duly followed - music bloggers, playlist curators and radio stations took note, passed comment and spread the word. Described as ‘strong, innovative, beautiful’ by TunedLoud, the single ‘Life is Strange’ is soaked in 80s cool and ambient detachment.

Further original songs followed and together with ‘Spirits Fly’ and ‘The Greatest Joy’, the collection of tunes began winning awards in various songwriting contests. In such a saturated world, the work already stands out.

As a genuinely independent force, Hetherington released a six track EP of instrumentals, ‘Introspection’, as well as another six track EP of that addictive retro-wave pop, ‘In Space’. The drive and energy are clear; this is an artist in love with his craft, committed to sharing his work with the world. The title ‘In Space’ is apt: in such a crowded market place this indie artist has found a space of his own and crafted something that is connecting with listeners all over the world. With new songs due to drop in 2020, music fans should seek out Andrew Hetherington and connect with an artist who’s in it for all the right reasons. When you hear it, you’ll know.

Music Submission, Clare Kelly

Artist or Band Name: 
Clare Kelly

Clare Kelly is an indie alt-folk/pop solo artist from Leeds who haunts and captivates with her powerful vocal and honest lyrics. Having fronted numerous bands, Clare embarked on an independent DIY tour across the UK, USA and Australia following the release of her debut EP ‘Elusive Yusef’. Her songs, including ‘Citrus Kisses’ and ‘Less Alone’, have been featured on BBC Introducing and Made in Leeds. She has performed in session with BBC Introducing and Yorkshire Music Collective earlier this year, promoting exciting new material from her adventures overseas. Branding herself as a mermaid, her songs are filled with emotion and harmony, telling stories of travel and relationships with a dark energy and unique twist.

Music Submission, EIME

Artist or Band Name: 
EIME

EIME - I'm underground electronic musician from Saint Petersburg, Russia addicted to experimental, electronic, trip-hop, hip-hop, downtempo, IDM, ambient, house, techno, future garage

Music Submission, Thad Requet

Thad Requet new album Dark Corners Of My Mind
Artist or Band Name: 
Thad Requet

Thad Requet is an independent singer/songwriter from Northeast Missouri. The song is titled "Down By The River" and is on the new album 'Dark Corners Of My Mind' featuring 12 new original songs. "Down By The River" can be found on Thad's Reverbnation page.

Music Submission, MODS 4

Pop Acoustic
Artist or Band Name: 
MODS 4

Mods 4 is a musical project found in Surakarta, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia in June 2013. This musical project has influenced by many 80’s British post punk, such as The Smith, Duran Duran, The Police and 90’s alternative rock band such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots and many others. 
Mods 4 is musical project and its music is a mix of pop, new wave, jazz, folk and rock. There are many musicians involves in this project, but the original member is 
• Anton Agus Setyawan (Keyboard, Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, percussion Lead&Background Vocals)

Obsqure and Suz

Obsqure
music that could be loosely described as cinematic electronica, but his roots are in Trip hop, ambient and chillout. His compositions are a fusion of live instrumentation and electronic production
Artist or Band Name: 
Obsqure and Suz
Playing on BBS Radio between talk shows
CD Information
Obsqure and Suz, CD titled, Crossroads
CD Name: 
Crossroads
Song Names: 
Land Of The Free

Music Submission, Kalabi

Kalabi - Support Network
Artist or Band Name: 
Kalabi

I first got in to making music when I was fifteen, two of my friends had a band and needed a bass player. I didn’t have a bass for the first few practices, but once I’d raised enough for an old Aria Pro 2 pointy headstock bass my family agreed to buy me a small amp and off I went.

 

We wrote our own material, mainly rocky stuff (our demo got reviewed in Kerrang!), but most of what we did was covers.

 

Gradually I got into other types of music than the LA rock scene, and started listening to grunge, alternative and the indie scene. I was a bit snobbish about dance music all those years ago, but gradually I ‘got it’, and got into Future Sound of London, Orbital, Underworld and all of the other UK electronica of the late 90s.

 

I originally started making my own tunes using an old Ensoniq ESQ-1 (I still use it to this day as a controller keyboard), a borrowed DR-5 drum machine and a dodgy rack mount delay that seemed to have a mind of its own.

 

Eventually I upgraded to a computer, a 200mhz machine that could handle Fruity Loops and Sound Forge. I made my first album on this way back in 2002.

 

Around 2004 I wrote off my car in a crash, and used the insurance money to buy a lovely fast PC (a good decision, the world is a safer place without me driving in it) that could easily run Cubase and a load of plug ins. This is when I started recording as Kalabi, and in 2005 I had my first track released with the help of local producer and friend James Bright.

 

Since then I’ve released tracks all round the world, been ripped off by a German label with my first official album, sold tracks to United Airlines and Swedish airports, and got myself a credit on IMDB as a composer for a short film.

 

I also currently play bass in three local bands and produce two local songwriters.

 

Sadly, I don’t currently make enough from my music to not have to work, so on top of everything else I work five days a week as web programmer. My main goal is to make enough from music to be able to do it full time.

Belau

Belau
Budapest-based electronic pop outfit
Artist or Band Name: 
Belau
No Longer Playing on BBS Radio between talk shows
CD Information
Belau, CD titled, The Odyssey
CD Name: 
The Odyssey
Song Names: 
Wicked - ft. Antonia
You and I - ft. Szecsi Bobe

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