In the latest in our series of interviews with some fantastic local artists we caught up with self declared ‘Sunflower Pop’ artist Jaz Beeson. As an artist she’s taken some time away working on a new sound alongside local producer Joey Walker and this latest offering ‘Wanna Know’ sees her music rise to a new level!
The last month has brought us some really exciting new music hailing from Lincolnshire and beyond, and we’ve brought all our favourites together in one handy list! Here’s our January – February round up:
Shout Inferno – Is It Safe Enough?
Following the release of their debut album ‘A Carnival’, Lincoln-based alt-pop/rock quartet Shout Inferno have dropped a new video this week for their funky indie-disco track ‘Is It Safe Enough?’
Describing the single, the band wrote:
‘The literal meaning is a person suffering from agoraphobia who ponders the idea of leaving the house but is paralysed by their spiralling, melodramatic thoughts and fantasies of the world outside. It could also be a metaphor for somebody trying to find a sense of belonging in an unforgiving/unaccepting society’.
Check out the video below, filmed at the Blue Room in Lincoln with production company Wallbreaker.
The Rills – Stardog
Lincolnshire-based indie legends The Rills have also brought out an upbeat and energising video for their new single ‘Stardog’, which encapsulates all things fun about this band.
They have been making waves on TikTok, as well as building a solid fanbase across all platforms. The band also recently appeared on Scruff of the Neck‘s Twitch live stream with a live session and interview with BBC Radio 1’s Abbie McCarthy. We’re really excited to see what’s next.
Talkboy – Wrapped in Blue
We’re big fans of Leeds-based band Talkboy here at Beyond the Woods, and Wrapped in Blue is no exception. With beautiful harmonies and relatable songwriting, the band never fail to produce excellent up-beat, catchy indie-pop.
Their EP, titled ‘Wrapped in Blue’ will be out on February 11th and you can preorder it here: https://bit.ly/3az4eZK
Wharf – Compatible
Premiered on BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire, London-based Wharf have brought out new single ‘Compatible’, exploring the emotions behind new found love.
With influences from The 1975 and The Night Cafe, the track has a classic nostalgic indie sound sure to get you dancing.
Jazz Lingard – Tell Me More (acoustic)
Lincoln-based singer-songwriter Jazz Lingard teased something she’s been working on last month, with an acoustic version of ‘Tell Me’.
Lingard has an absolutely gorgeous tone, with heavy folk influences mixed with influence from the likes of Wolf Alice and Radiohead.
Bull – Eugene
Having been on the scene for a long time, York 4-piece Bull reignited the old-school dream of being signed to a major label at a local gig last summer.
They’re catchy hooks combined with twists and turns in every song provide a modern, but engaging take on the classic Britpop style. ‘Eugene’ shows off Bull’s softer side by writing a beautifully soft and melodic anthem.
Debut album out March 26th released via EMI – ‘Discover Effortless Listening’
Fickle Friends have released a refreshing new concept EP this month ‘Weird Years (Season 1)’, which explores a range of feelings behind being a young adult. Their single IRL is nothing short of up-beat irresistible pop.
The campaign to this EP has been really exciting, incorporating a commissioned piece of artwork for each track. Fans have also been encouraged to produce their own artwork for each track which will featured on the virtual gallery on their website (http://www.ficklefriends.co.uk).
Only Sun – Weird Wins
From their much anticipated debut album ‘Tangled Mind’, London-based quartet Only Sun have released infectious indie-disco tune ‘Weird Wins’.
The single follows the success of their track ‘Extraordinary’ late last year, which will also be featured on the album.
It’s time for our monthly round up of all things getting us excited! Here are our top picks from November – December:
Flyte – Never Get To Heaven
London-trio Flyte are back with their fourth release this year; ‘Never Get to Heaven’. The beautifully wintry track has the band stripped back to just vocals and guitar, forming the perfect single for December. The song was written by vocalist Will when he was 14 as a rework of a scout’s chant, with Will releasing it had now become the ‘perfect eulogy to the end of my adult relationship’.
DECO – Christmas is Calling
It wouldn’t be a December round-up without a Christmas song and DECO have more than delivered with this modern classic. Following up from their debut EP ‘Real Life’ released earlier this year, the pop-trio have graced with an upbeat Christmas anthem, accompanied with nostalgic home-video style video.
Kings & Bears – When The Day
Firm favourites of Beyond the Woods, Kings & Bears have released an up-beat ‘rock and roll party song’ alongside an equally upbeat ‘rock and roll party video’, and we love it. The track has been featured on Hannah Fletcher’s BBC Introducing Show as ‘Track of the Week’ and it is totally deserving of that title!
Patawawa – Disco Video
Patawawa are also back with a new release this month, bringing us infectious and fun disco track ‘Disco Video’. Focusing on female empowerment, the single is part of their new album release ‘Power Up’ which is due out on the 5th March 2012. You can pre-order the album and grab some funky merch here.
Thomas Day – Wine
Hailing from our very own Licolnshire, Thomas Day has been making waves in modern hip-hop and neo-soul. His latest release ‘Wine’, featuring London-based rapper Tee Peters, explores the emotions behing feeling not good enough, but sends the uplifting message that you are not alone. Check-out the single below!
Hell’s Ditch – The Likes Of Us
Lincolnshire rockers ‘Hell’s Ditch’ have certainly been making their mark on the industry, previously being played on Radio 1 by Daniel P Carter and achieving Radio Lincolnshire plays for their latest single ‘The Likes of Us’. Their latest single is their third to date and it definitely packs a punch, articulating a heavy political message in true punk-rock fashion.
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Holly Humberstone – Falling Asleep at the Wheel (EP)
Festival-alumni Holly Humberstone released her debut EP ‘Falling Asleep At The Wheel’ last month, and was invited to perform an incredible isolation session on Jimmy Kimmel Live over the in US. Check out this live, one-take version of both ‘Overkill’ and the title track.
Anna Straker ft Gabrielle Aplin – Good Days Bad Days
Anna Straker has teamed up with the legendary Gabrielle Aplin to drop her new single ‘Good Days Bad Days’, and retro-style music video. The beautifully honest and raw track will be featured in her upcoming EP ‘Growing Pains’.
Arctic Lake – Cold Hands (Acoustic)
Electronic-trio Arctic Lake have blessed us with an intimate acoustic version of ‘Cold Hands’ this month. The band have received support on BBC Radio 1 and played at Beyond The Woods festival back in 2018!
Callum Minks – Sundown
Callum Minks latest Low-fi bedroom indie-pop tune ‘Sundown’ was released this week. The song is currently featured as song of the week on BBC Music Introducing in Lincolnshire!
The Rills – The Angler
Lincoln legends The Rills have released their latest single ‘The Angler’. Championed by Steve Lamaq on BBC Radio 6, the track is a up-lifting, gritty banger.
Thomas Day – Cruisin’
Self-produced hip-hop artist Thomas Day brought us chilled tune ‘Cruisin” in August, gaining well-deserved attention from BBC Music Introducing in Lincolnshire. He also featured in the Beyond the Woods BBC Music Introducing festival takeover, alongside Anna Straker, The Rills and Callum Minks and more!
Lola and the Cosmic Getaway – Clownville
Out-of-space musical duo Lola and the Cosmic Getaway released beautiful synth-pop track ‘Clownville’ last month. If you don’t like clowns, don’t watch the video!
G.L Shelley – Never Want to Go
Bedroom producer (and regular BTW festival attendee) G.L Shelley has spent lockdown recording music on his mobile phone. Check out his latest Brit-Pop inspired single ‘Never Want to Go’.
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