Cloud, ‘Room’

Words By Emily Kowalczyk.

‘Room’ by Cloud beckons us into a transcendental voyage where the boundaries between reality and imagination blur into a kaleidoscope of sound. The opening guitar lures us in like a siren’s call, setting the stage for an adventure into the depths of musical enchantment.

But ‘Room’ is not content to merely captivate; it evolves, it transforms. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Cloud’s vitality infuses every note, guiding the track through a metamorphosis that leaves you spellbound. Each layer of sound is crafted with precision, building upon the last to create a symphony of color and texture that dances in your mind’s eye.

And just when you think you’ve reached the pinnacle, ‘Room’ ascends even higher, reaching a radiant crescendo that defies description.

You can stream below.

Photo Credit: Cloud

Julia Thomsen, ‘Beauty’

Words By Joey Rochert.

In the ethereal expanse of classical composition, where each note is a brushstroke upon the canvas of the soul, Julia Thomsen’s ‘Beauty’ emerges as a serene gem, resonating with the tender essence of spring.

With delicate keystrokes, Thomsen paints a landscape of tranquility, inviting us to wander through the verdant pastures of our imagination. The piano becomes her vessel, carrying emotions as fragile as blossoms in the breeze, each melody a whispered secret shared with the heart.

As the first strains of “Beauty” unfurl, one cannot help but be enveloped by a sense of serenity, as if the very essence of spring has been captured within its melodic embrace. “Beauty” also finds its home amidst the celestial gathering of talents in “Harmonies of WoMen,” a compilation album celebrating the prowess of female pianists from across the globe.

You can take a listen below.

Photo Credit: Julia Thomsen.

Marsha Swanson, ‘Gustav Mahler’s Letter of Intent & Alma Mahler’s Lament’

Words By Joey Rochert

Marsha Swanson’s “Gustav Mahler’s Letter of Intent & Alma Mahler’s Lament” stands out with its timeless tale of love, longing, and the complexities that bind two souls together. Spanning generations and emotions, this track duo delves deep into the tumultuous relationship between Gustav Mahler and Alma Mahler.

With an intimate connection to the Mahler legacy as a distant descendant, Swanson brings a unique perspective to her interpretation of their story. Through a careful blend of Gustav’s impassioned letters and Alma’s heartfelt lamentations from her diary entries, Swanson weaves a narrative that is as haunting as it is captivating.

The first track, “Gustav Mahler’s Letter of Intent,” serves as a poignant portrayal of Gustav’s fervent devotion to Alma. In stark contrast, “Alma Mahler’s Lament” presents Alma’s side of the story—a lamentation of love lost and dreams shattered. Swanson’s emotive delivery imbues Alma’s words with a sense of sorrow and resignation. Also, the melancholic melodies blend seamlessly with Alma’s poignant reflections, creating a hauntingly beautiful ode to a love that was destined for tragedy.

You can take a listen below.

Photo Credit: Marsha Swanson.

Cloud, The Interview Series.

Hello, Cloud, Let’s talk about your new single, ‘Runaway Train’, what is the meaning? 

I chose this title because the powerful guitar sounds and drum beats dive into the dark side of humanity.

Which artists in the current industry inspire you the most?

Dave Grohl. He has had success with two legendary bands: Nirvana and Foo Fighters.

What is the best thing about being a musician in 2024?

My song ‘Runaway Train’ is featured in various outlets.

Is there a certain place you often go to write? E.g a certain room, or environment?

Anywhere. ‘My room’, ‘on the way home from work’ and ‘in my dreams’.

What is your first memory of music? 

Ozzy Osbourne, who I saw on MTV when I was about 10 years old.

Photo Credit: Cloud.

Tanya Walker, The Interview Series.

Hello, Tanya, Let’s talk about your new single, ‘Good Days, Bad Days’, what is the meaning? 

I wrote the song when I was 32 so some time ago. I had just come out of a painful breakup and was re-focusing on my music again – and at the same time feeling regretful about things I had not yet achieved in my life.

I went away on a  3 day meditation retreat where I had the opportunity to notice the thoughts and emotions that are constantly changing within us  and was able be with and accept them – recognising that just like the seasons or changing weather – our  emotions are the same –  like the sun follows rain, if we can be with our more painful emotions they will lift to reveal the light within us. It’s also about there being no point to regret, as we will miss the beauty of the present moment.

Which artists in the current industry inspire you the most?

Joni Mitchell is still being discovered by younger artists and she had a huge influence on songwriting when I first began at 16 years old. The tender, poetic expressiveness of her lyrics and the way her voice then expresses their meaning captures my heart and I am in awe of everything her music is.

Kate Bush , although an artist from the past, has also been a huge influence in my life and I really respect her ability to keep progressing with her music to recreate herself and still be relevant. I love blasting her music, singing at the top of my voice and doing some free movement around the living room!

Billie Eilish I think is an incredible artist, especially for her age. Profound songwriting for such a young age and the textural quality of her voice is spellbinding.

What is the best thing about being a musician in 2024?

After COVID I don’t think we can ever take for granted being able to perform with fellow musicians to a live audience. So playing live will be great in 2024. I won the Global Talent Is Timeless songwriting competition in 2023 and towards the end of the year recorded my winning single at Abbey Rd which has just been released. I’m really looking forward to 2024 being about building on this success and connecting with new listeners through more new releases and a small UK tour. I cant wait!And every year I get older, I feel more relaxed when gigging live, meaning I enjoy the whole experience that much more!

Is there a certain place you often go to write? E.g a certain room, or environment?

Strangely  I get some great ideas in the car and end up recording myself on my phones voice record. I think it’s because part of my brain is driving so its preoccupied with that and there is no pressure to come up a with a song so it just naturally arises. My favourite place though is most definitely on my upright piano which dates back to 1830 and which belonged to Gustaf Holst’s piano accompanist (who helped him write his works in later years which he was unable to do due to arthritis). Its been passed down through the family and has the most beautiful harmonics and resounding sound which inspires many songs!

What is your first memory of music?

Singing ‘Lully, Lullay’ whilst playing the main part of Mary in the school Nativity when I was 5!

Photo Credit: Tanya Walker

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Saskia Griffiths-Moore, ‘Imagination Baby’

Words By Joey Rochert.

Saskia Griffiths-Moore’s latest single, ‘Imagination Baby,’ is a journey into the realm of creativity and self-discovery. With a blend of pop-folk melodies and heartfelt lyrics, Saskia transports us to a world where barriers dissolve, and imagination reigns. From the first notes, the feel-good vibes ooze out of this heavenly release, inviting you to get lost in its infectious rhythm. As Saskia sings about unleashing creativity and removing obstacles to fulfill one’s potential, her message resonates deeply, urging us to embrace their inner muses and explore the limitless boundaries of their imagination.

Her vocals, infused with sincerity and warmth, leave an imprint, drawing us closer with each note. There’s a sense of liberation in the air as ‘Imagination Baby’ unfolds, inviting you to dance freely in the realm of possibility.

You can take a listen below.

Photo Credit: Saskia Griffiths-Moore.

Ervin Munir, ‘Oh Why’

Words By Joey Rochert.

Ervin Munir’s latest single, “Oh Why,” encapsulates the essence of introspection and contemplation, inviting us into a realm of profound questioning and reflection. As part of his recent album “Broken Compass,” this track emerges as a force to be reckoned with, interlacing poignant lyrical themes with skillful musical textures.

At the heart of “Oh Why” lies a piano melody, its emotive notes intertwining with Ervin’s lyrics to create a deeply resonant experience. As the song progresses, a subtle yet evocative guitar arrangement emerges, adding layers of depth to the auditory experience.

Ervin Munir’s vocals are nothing short of delightful, infusing each lyric with a soulful sincerity that lingers in the mind long after the song has ended. His delivery is imbued with genuine emotion, effortlessly conveying the weight of the existential questions posed within the song.

You can take a listen below.

Photo Credit: Ervin Munir.

Tanya Walker, ‘Good Days, Bad Days’

Words By Joey Rochert.

Tanya Walker, triumphantly emerging as the victor of Talent Is Timeless’ prestigious songwriting competition, leaves a strong mark with her latest offering, “Good Days, Bad Days”.

Recorded amidst the hallowed halls of Abbey Road Studios, this track serves as a refreshing gust of wind in the folk music scene, capturing our attention with its magnetic allure. Walker’s vocal performance isn’t just noteworthy; it’s compelling, blending tales of life’s complexities.

With each lyric, she unearths the depths of human experience, speaking with a candor that is both refreshing and profound. So much so, with “Good Days, Bad Days,” Tanya Walker invites us on all on a voyage of introspection.

You can take a listen below.

Photo Credit: Tanya Walker.

Julia Thomsen, ‘Travelling Through Wonders (Rework)’

Words By Joey Rochert.

Julia Thomsen’s latest rendition of “Travelling Through Wonders” is a mesmerizing exploration of celestial realms and emotional depth. Collaborating with Marie, Thomsen presents a reimagined version of this classical piece that enchants and evokes deep reflection.

The charm of this interpretation lies in its ability to carry listeners to ethereal dimensions where time seems suspended and reality melds with imagination. Thomsen’s delicate craftsmanship, combined with Marie’s harmonious contributions, imbues the composition with layers of depth and complexity, inviting listeners to immerse themselves in its melodic embrace.

Throughout “Travelling Through Wonders,” Thomsen and Marie conjure a vivid experience, rich with emotion and nuance. From the graceful piano melodies to the celestial synth harmonies, each element is meticulously crafted to evoke a specific mood or sentiment, creating a profound connection with the listener.

What distinguishes this rendition is the sheer elegance and refinement of Thomsen’s composition. There is a graceful poise in her approach that resonates deeply, as if each note carries a whisper of her soul, stirring the hearts and minds of those who listen.

You can take a listen below.

Photo Credit: Julia Thomsen.