Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Tuesdays Treasure: Annie & The Make Believe - FYR - The Favorite Things - Saux and The Septembers

Annie & The Make Believe - Let's Get Together Again.

Background promo - London folk-pop band Annie & The Make Believe have announced the release of brand new single 'Let's Get Together Again' taken from their upcoming debut EP of the same title, due for release on October 31st. Fronted by Australian Annie, the debut EP 'Lets Get Together Again' from the five-piece is a collection of sweet songs, with foot tapping catchy melodies and heartfelt lyrics.

Annie left the Aussie surf for the big smoke armed with only her ukulele, song writing book and her imaginary 'make believe' journey. This dreamlike quality is reflected throughout the EP, with her endearing vocal weaving in and out of the light playful music. Annie's songwriting is influenced by real life events and title track 'Let's Get Together Again' was written for a marriage proposal for two friends who met at her Halloween party (p.s. it was a Yes!!)

The band have been out on the festival circuit this year and gigging at established London venues including Proud (Camden), 93ft East and The Bedroom Bar where they supported Swiss pop rockers 'Pegasus'. Website here.


Catch them live in London at the gig dates below:
23rd October - Paper Dress In-store - Hackney, London
3rd November - *EP launch party* - The Finsbury, London.


'Let's Get Together Again' is one enchanting song. It has a story, bright pleasing vocals, matched in style by the very good musicianship. Not bad for a debut (and some!).

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FYR - Submissia (feat. Linnea Sundemo).

Background - FYR (Martin Grådal) is a Swedish musician, composer and producer based in Gothenburg. FYR creates electronic music with suggestive melodies and a touch of Scandinavian melancholy.

FYR’s first release, Submissia, explores the balance between control and total surrender. Inspiration for the song came from reading the article ‘Breathless’, by Chris Jones for ESPN the Magazine. A portrait of the free diving record holder Herbert Nitsch and how he defies the limits of the human body.

The featured artist, Linnea Sundemo, may be found in many different musical contexts, including in collaborations with her sister Frida Sundemo. Linnea has a crystalline voice that will draw you in deeper and deeper. Facebook here.


I have to say the vocals of Linnea Sundemo are something quite special. However it takes a fine composition and quality soundtrack to bring everything together and FYA certainly achieves that with 'Submissia'. As electronic music goes, this is one of the best I've received in a while.

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The Favorite Things - Coming Clean.

Background - In 2014, four long time Minneapolis musicians joined forces to form The Favorite Things, playing original garage pop with a bit of alt country influence thrown in. Their name is taken from one of their biggest song writing and musical influences - The Replacements and their song, “Favorite Thing” (from their album, Let it Be).

The band formed from their common interest in making original music – after a few line-up changes, practice spot changes, and band name changes, they found a formula and a combination that worked – straight ahead songs, catchy hooks, and heart-felt lyrics.

The combination was working at the their live shows, so the band decided to team up with engineer/producer extraordinaire Jacques Wait at Terrarium studio to record their first album, called Coming Clean. The band is very excited to share these studio recordings, to continue writing songs and play high energy live shows. Website here.


Title track and the first of nine really fine songs 'Coming Clean' typifies the mixture of energised and upbeat straight rock, and well written songs. The band are totally unpretentious, and clearly enjoy their music, something the listener can easily join in with.

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Saux and The Septembers - Work.

Background - Australian duo The Septembers and Amsterdam based producer Saux teamed up to produce woozy single Work, last year. The product of a spontaneous jam session on a rainy day in Amsterdam, they recently performed the sultry track for Berlin based, multi-genre platform Colors, who have hosted the likes of Sevdaliza, Wafia & Ta-Ku, Honne, Dillon Cooper and more over the past year.

With a prominent beat, the multi-layered, warm soulful vocals weave in and out of the sparse instrumentation, played live in one take.

The Septembers: The Septembers are a uniquely soulful duo from Australia. Having just relocated to Berlin, the duo have been honing their sound, and creating music with both local Australian, and international acts. The Septembers is produced by James Chatburn, who has had a slew of impressive releases over the past year.

Saux: Fully devoted to soulful sounds and sultry voices, producer Saux has a flair for swift transitions from warm electronic music to underground pop to tropical melodies. He combines soulful sounds with electronic precision and warmth, and has received recognition from BBC,Majestic Casual, Fact Mag and more. The Septembers Facebook here, Saux here.


This live take of 'Work' is just so good! Watch the video by all means, however I recommend just shutting your eyes and drifting away with this soulful and blissful song.

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