- Category: New Music
- Published on Monday, 23 January 2017 06:00
Mark Haze - Better Than This
For more than 15 years, Mark has been working tirelessly on establishing himself as one of the best live performers and musical talents in the country. He has certainly come a very long way since starting his first band, 12th Avenue in 2001 and has since kept the momentum going and growing, bringing it back full circle to his next upcoming single, ‘Better Than This’. The song was written with his long-time friend and 12th Avenue band member Bjorn Faree symbolising that Mark has come a significantly long way since their early days. The single truly describes what many artists experience in the stages of their career, and as Mark notes “Throughout everything I’ve gone through and will continue to go through, I know that I am truly blessed to be able to do what I love to do and have always dreamed of doing every day.”; a sentiment that sits firmly in the hearts of every working musician nowadays.
Can Skylark - Rising
On the 4th June 2016, one of South Africa’s accomplished independent music artists, Can Skylark, will wait with baited breath to discover if her longstanding musical journey is awarded with the Best Pop Album South African Music (SAMA) Award for 2016.
With her late father a drummer and sisters as vocalists, Skylark was always surrounded by great musicians, where an outright passion for music developed. Ambitious as she is tenacious, she decided to embark on a zealous musical career, performing at tribute shows where she honed in on her skills and perfected her craft. Her love for music is strongly showcased in her musical ability and vocal range. She possesses an outgoing, yet down-to-earth personality, complimented by an astoundingly strong stage presence, which has set her in good stead with both local and international artists and producers, proven by her world-class music offerings.
American Authors - I'm born to run
Zac Barnett, Matt Sanchez, Dave Rublin, and James Shelley truly lost their focus on this album in terms of congruency with musical elements. The opening title track is extremely energetic and original. The melody is fluently carried throughout and the song screams rhythm and excitement. Lyrics like “This is what I live for/ Baby you’re my open road/ You can take me any way the wind blows” advocate a ‘live life to the fullest’ attitude and contain surging energy and enthusiasm. “I’m Born to Run” is the second song on the album and it also has special characteristics which will keep you skiing down smoothly. The introductory tambourines, drums, and guitars initiate a desire to explore the world and forget about the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. The AA’s message of “I’m gonna live my life like I’m gonna die young/Like it’s never enough/ Like I’m born to run” emphasizes a free spirit vibe as well. Unfortunately, after enjoying this steady trip down the slope, (unbeknownst to you) comes the tree.
Sophie Ellis Bextor - Wild Forever
What Familia ultimately recalls is the era of female singer-songwriters. Like predecessor Carly Simon, Ellis-Bextor knows that a lifelong career is built on a certain amount of risk-taking. “Why be so ordinary? Why just conform?” she questions on “Wild Forever.” Familia, released on her own record label, is the sound of an artist making the music she wants to make.
The Chainsmokers - Paris
The Chainsmokers launch at No. 14 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart (dated Jan. 28) with new single "Paris," based solely on its first three days of radio airplay.
Released Jan. 13, the radio follow-up to their smash "Closer," featuring Halsey, drew 21 million audience impressions through Jan. 15, according to Nielsen Music. Once the song's first week of sales and streaming points join in, look for the DJ duo (Drew Taggart, who sings on "Paris," and Alex Pall) to score its sixth Hot Dance/Electronic Songs top 10 and storm onto the Billboard Hot 100
The Head & The Heart - All We Ever Knew
When the members reunited to start writing together again, "It almost felt like we were a new band, trying things we hadn’t tried," Zasche says. "We stayed at a bungalow on the beach. We’d wake up, have coffee and go boogie boarding. We were ready and excited to be back together."
"We really worked hard and pushed to reinvent," says producer Jay Joyce. "Not an easy task. They came through with something incredible."
Lead single "All We Ever Knew" was written during their Let's Be Still days, but the band couldn't get the final product to match their expectations -- until now.