Brightwell And Moran, The Interview Series.

Words By Joey Rochert.

Hello, Brightwell and Moran, Let’s talk about your new single, ‘Bare Boards’, what is the meaning? 

(K) We originally wrote the song about an old house, and the decision about whether to tear it down or to take time to renovate it and make it new again.  It was inspired in part by the rapid gentrification of some neighborhoods where we live in Portland, Oregon, USA.  But the song is also a metaphor for the self, or a relationship.  Sometimes you don’t know what to do until you see the “bare boards” underneath, whether you can restore the structure with a lot of love and careful work, or whether you need to start from scratch.  

Which artists in the current industry inspire you the most?

(K) I am really inspired by Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires.  To me, Isbell is the finest songwriter out there right now, and he tells difficult and important stories in the simplest, most elegant language.  Shires has been instrumental in breaking down barriers and female stereotypes in country music, on top of being a great fiddle player and singer/songwriter herself.  Together they’re unstoppable!

(W) I find the story of John Mayer’s scare with his vocal cords so inspirational. Here is a guy who has released a ton of songs, won Grammy awards and then starts losing his voice. So, he stops performing, stops talking except in a whisper. He accepts his situation and starts practicing his already amazing guitar chops with the attitude, I can still be a really good session guitar player even if I don’t get my voice back. But gratefully, his voice returned!

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What is the best thing about being a musician in 2023?

(K) There is absolutely no lack of inspiration or subject material!  And the means of production is very much in the artist’s hands now, along with platforms that allow you direct access to your fan base.  That means as a musician, you can create songs about the vital issues of our time, record them and get them into the hands of listeners.

(W) I agree with Kelly that technology plays an exciting role in music today. A great example is that we mixed our latest EP and our new single “Bare Boards” remotely. Our producer for the EP was in Dallas, Texas with the two of us in Portland, Oregon. Our producer for the single was in Poland with us once more in Portland.

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

(K) I’m not writing too much solo these days… I need a lot of solitude and space to do that, and it’s not often compatible with my current family situation.  Writing with Woody is easier in that way — we usually hang out at his house to write.

(W) I think all of our Brightwell & Moran songs have either been written in my living room or my little covered backyard patio.

What is your first memory of music? 

(K) I remember being completely enthralled by Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer” when I was maybe 3 or 4 years old. I’m not sure what about it grabbed me — it’s very energetic and happy, with a lot going on.  I think it just overwhelmed me with a good feeling.

(W) I was also pretty young. I got a little record player for Christmas one year and the first 45 (called a single these days) I purchased was “Stop In The Name of Love” by the Supremes. My first album was by Peter, Paul & Mary and I worked very hard at hearing each vocal harmony.

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Brightwell & Moran, ‘Bare Boards’

Words By Joey Rochert.

Brightwell & Moran’s track ‘Bare Boards’ has piqued our interest these last few days. We originally heard the new song through the duo’s publicist, and we’ve been coming back to hear more of it ever since!

The song has an old-school country-folk vibe to it, but there are plenty of modern flavours to make it relevant in 2023. The songwriting is excellent, which comes as no surprise given that the couple won the Talent Is Timeless songwriting competition in 2022, which is how this release came about in the first place!

‘Bare Boards’ is one which you need to hear for yourself; you can take a listen below.

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AJ Whyte, ‘Back To The Water’

Words By Joey Rochert.

Tomorrow, February 10th, is the day that Rutland singer-songwriter AJ Whyte is going to release his newest track, ‘Back To The Water’, which is another gem from the artist.

AJ demonstrates his versatility as a modern day musician by departing from the stripped down acoustic style and including the addition of drums, bass, and a variety of other instruments. Also, two different versions will be available: one will be a studio recording, and the other will be a live studio version.

The track is full of sentiment and brimming with passion, you can check out a preview below.

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Ervin, ‘Carolynn’

Words By Joey Rochert.

Ervin, the vocalist who came to our attention for the first time in 2022, has returned with a new track ‘Carolynn’. The release is out on Friday, February 17th, and it will have you hooked in no time!

Not only is the music lovely, with the plucked guitar arrangement creating a beautiful feeling within us, but the words also move us closer to the speakers as the singer-songwriter speaks honestly about a relationship clouded by depression. Nevertheless, Ervin looks back at his time with his beautiful Carolynn and reflects fondly on their shared experiences.

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AJ Whyte, ‘Run’

Words By Joey Rochert.

AJ Whyte grabs the spotlight with the release of his new single, ‘Run’. The latest release from the Rutland-based performer is out now, and it follows the highly-praised ‘You Won’t Hear Me’ which AJ dropped in October.

‘Run’ continues in the same vein as AJ’s previous work, with the guitar playing an essential part in the whole experience. In addition, the song starts with a strumming guitar pattern; then AJ quickly enters the mix with a powerful vocal lead. His vocal is even more engaging than it was in his previous performance, and he tells a story about war, even though this may just be a metaphor for the difficulties that many people encounter in life.

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The Chewgs, ‘Let It Out’

Words By Joey Rochert.

The Chewgs are a band on the ascent, and with the release of their newest single, ‘Let It Out,’ they are not holding anything back.

Combining aspects of folk music and pop, the duo are not holding anything back, and we are delighted by the infectious style that they have developed. In the beginning of the song, a guitar strumming its way forward can be heard, then shortly thereafter, a vocal can be heard emerging from the mix.

The words reverberate with stories that prove to be thought-provoking, and as the song progresses, the intensity builds as the chorus burrows deeper and deeper into the heart.

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Ervin Munir, ‘She Never Made Old Bones’

Words By Joey Rochert.

Ervin Munir takes control of New Music Friday by releasing his new folk gem, ‘She Never Made Old Bones’.

Carrying on from where he left off with his previous single, ‘Why Did I Keep Moving On’, Ervin bolsters his name in the modern songbook even further. His style is getting better and better with each new arrival, and this one proves that he is here to stay.

Vocally, Ervin sings with genuine passion and narrates a story about life, hardship, and a woman who will never make old bones.

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Ervin, The Interview Series.

Words By Joey Rochert.

Hello, Ervin, Let’s talk about your new single, ‘Why Did I Keep Moving On’, what is the meaning? 

It tells the story of a man who is beginning to regret going from town-to-town and woman-to-woman breaking hearts. I think he’s getting older and wondering why his life is the way it is. In many ways the main character is my alter-ego.

Which artists in the current industry inspire you the most?

I suppose I am most influenced by Paul Simon and The Eagles, but if I had to pick someone more current it would be Ed Sheeren.

Photo Credit: Ervin.

What is the best thing about being a musician in 2022?

I found music to be a way of keeping people together during the pandemic, and bringing people together following the pandemic. People missed live performances. So, we are in demand.

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

I don’t have a place I go to write. In fact, sometimes I write a song at the most inopportune moment, like when driving to the supermarket, or in the bath. So, I must hold on to what has popped into my head, until I can write it down somewhere, or sing it into my phone. An idea can crop up at any time, and usually I have the energy and motivation to pursue it and create.  That said, sometimes I set out to write a song without already “receiving” a creative spark. When I do this, I am usually in a room with my guitar or piano.

Photo Credit: Ervin.

Melanie MacLaren And Lorkin O’Reilly, ‘Tadpole Emporium’

Words By Joey Rochert.

Melanie MacLaren and Lorkin O’Reilly leave us on the edge of our seats in anticipation of their new EP, ‘Tadpole Emporium’, due out on the 27th of October.

The two artists have already released two new singles, and judging by their audience’s positive response; it appears like they have a hit on their hands with this collaboration. Mel, from the United States, and Lorkin, from Scotland, shine from the beginning by infusing a folky-pop texture into their creations. Additionally, they infuse the scene with newfound charisma, bringing a captivating spark to the stage.

The duo will be performing live in the United Kingdom in November. If you haven’t already purchased your ticket, you should do so as soon as possible because there is a high likelihood that tickets will sell out quickly as the performance dates draw nearer.

Photo Credit: Melanie MacLaren And Lorkin O’Reilly.

Ervin, ‘Why Did I Keep Moving On’

Words By Joey Rochert.

When folk and pop combine, undisputed magic compels, as exemplified in Ervin’s new single, ‘Why Did I Keep Moving On’.

The new release by the singer-songwriter, born in London, is captivating at every turn. The emotive texture of the acoustic guitar and Ervin’s vocals cut through to the listener’s emotions. Ervin’s vocal is strong and engaging as he opens up honestly about his life while reflecting on a wide range of feelings throughout the song.

There is a newfound energy that arises in the concluding section of ‘Why Did I Keep Moving On’ with a beat tap and an echoing whistle that stands out with vigour!

Photo Credit: Ervin.