Wasuremono - Diamond Thug - Hanna Barakat

We featured the song 'Are You OK?' by Wasuremono two months ago and the new single 'Self-Help' is a much welcome follow up from the band, this time with an anthemic vibe & engaging melodic chorus.

Diamond Thug have a new single called 'Aphotic Waters', following on from 'Tell Me' which we shared just a week ago, as the band continue to build deserved interest in their Gaiafy EP due out this coming week.

Finally we have 'Damage Done' by Hanna Barakat a melodic rocker that gradually builds into a powerful and hook fuelled piece.


Wasuremono - Self Help.

Wasuremono have released a brand new single entitled 'Self-Help' after 6 Music's Steve Lamacq gave the track it's first spin on his show last week. The track is taken from their recently announced upcoming album 'Are You OK?' that will be released on June 14th via The Wilderness Records. The brainchild of Wasuremono, William Southward, explained the meaning behind the song:

"'Self-Help', was the last song to be written. It’s got a Prince kinda vibe, but with low tuned guitars and gospel influenced backing vocals, with call and response. The running theme is one of optimism and feeling less alone, but there is also a sense of urgency to this song, of reaching out; “All I really wanna say, is I wanna help ya’. Essentially, it’s an uplifting and jubilant song that’s supposed to make you feel good and feel like we are all in it together. The hard panned toms of the Linn give it space to breathe and a slightly tribal feel too in the choruses."

Previous singles, 'Are You OK?' and 'Lonely Type' have been picked up by the likes of 6 Music's Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, and Radio 1's Huw Stephens, and Dork recently described the release as "...sure to be a riot of synths and fun. A magic combo".

With the enlistment of friends Madelaine Ryan, Isaac Phillips, and Phoebe Phillips, Southward’s songs come to life. Wasuremono will be performing across the UK this summer in support of 'Are You OK?', with stops at festivals including Live at Leeds, The Great Escape, Bluedot, and Dot To Dot, as well as a headline show at the Sebright Arms in London on June 19th.


Diamond Thug - Aphotic Waters.

Formed in a basement in Kommetjie, a small surf town on the southern tip of Africa, Diamond Thug combine Sub-Saharan rhythms with indie pop dreamscapes, with a vitality and energy bursting from the seams of each track that becomes juxtaposed with melancholic themes.

Lead singer Chantel Van T’s luscious vocals wash over layers of guitar, synth-bass and pounding drums with a certain quiet power. When Chantel was a teenager, she wanted to be a quantum physicist, which may explain some of Diamond Thug’s lyrical subjects.

The band’s debut album Apastron was set within the depths of space, with celestial bodies and laws of planetary motion being used as metaphors for earth-bound problems. New EP Gaiafy turns inward to human experience, pairing nihilism and existential crises with allusions to climate change.

On the new single, the band tells us that “the Aphotic zone is defined as the depths of the oceans,
void of any light. Musically we’re drawing comparisons to Evolution through the cyclical but progressive song-structure. Solace is found through the belief that although we feel distance and unfamiliarity between ourselves, all of our fates are connected.” Gaiafy EP due for release May 24th 2019.


Hanna Barakat - Damage Done.

Austin-based, hard/alternative artist, Hanna Barakat, announces her new single, “Damage Done,” ahead of the upcoming album, Siren, due out August 16, 2019, produced by John Moyer (Disturbed).

Born in Texas to an American mother and a Lebanese father, Barakat spent her early years traveling around the world with her family. Barakat pays homage to her roots  on the album.

The album was produced by John Moyer, bassist from famed hard rock band, Disturbed, mixed by Martin Nessi (Michael Jackson estate, Ariana Grande, Josh Groban, Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Ricky Martin, Kelly Clarkson), and mastered by Ted Jansen of Sterling Sound (Disturbed, Evanescence, Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Halestorm, Pat Metheny).

Barakat states on "Damage Done:" - “Relationships are inherently messy, sometimes riddled with indecisiveness, and most commonly, clouded by sexual passion. Knowing what is right for you in a relationship, long term, is not always clear, leaving you struggling with your own intuition to resist falling back into something familiar or comfortable. ‘Damage Done’ is a song driven by passion – a story between ex-lovers, falling back into old patterns, knowing they may not gain anything from their encounter but still feeling alive and loving every single moment of passion they share together. The guitars start us on the journey, gently, but dive into long dramatic riffs as the story develops. As the vocals begin to overlap and build, the chaos created between lovers is reflected in the cacophony of sounds, driving us clear to the dramatic end.”