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INsiders Guide: earth2zoe, Miranda Joan, Alix Page, Zoe Berman, Dylan, Alice Phoebe Lou, RA, Maggie Rose….

I wrote “Hallie’s Song” over Zoom about a past friendship that we both outgrew. 

I remember joining the session and saying “I literally hate friends.” I was talking about Hallie and how we grew apart when she moved away for school. In the far back of my head, I knew she was going to be leaving like everyone else, but emotionally losing a best friend who I basically was with every hour of the day… I underestimated reality.  

We got into a fight the night before (typical friend stuff) and it pushed me even more to write the song so authentically; the lyrics just flowed out of me. The artwork means so much to me because it’s a picture I drew in kindergarten of Hallie and me. 

I really love the line “sometimes when I’m feeling lonely I know you’re the only one who really knows me.” This reflects our friendship today; yeah, she’s away and I miss her, but at the end of the day what matters is she will always know me best even if we barely talk.

I hope this song brings relief about your own Hallie.

earth2zoe

https://www.earth2zoe.com

Miranda Joan is a Canadian neo-soul singer and songwriter born in Montréal and raised in Vancouver. Joan uses her multicultural upbringing from both French and English backgrounds as well as her reverence of music legends such as Stevie Wonder and Carole King and contemporary artists such as Erykah Badu, Anderson Paak and Emily King to craft a diverse and fresh sound in her music.

 
Joan recently returned to Vancouver after living in NYC where she performed on national tours and played sold-out shows at venues such as the Guggenheim, Joe’s Pub and The Town Hall and has been a headliner at well-known NYC venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, Rough Trade, and National Sawdust. In 2019 she performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival with the Orchestre National de Jazz, led by Sly5thAve in a tribute to Dr. Dre. Joan is a co-host and co-founder of Brooklyn’s Femme Jam (NYC’s first all-female led jam session) as well as a music mentor with the non-profit SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young where she works with kids 8-18 who stutter.
 

MirandaJoan has shared the stage and has worked with high-profile artists such as Andy Grammar, Brandon Victor Dixon (Hamilton), Christopher Jackson (Hamilton), Surf Mesa, Lorde and Shawn Mendes.

Following an influx of praise from key titles including NME, CLASH, The Line of Best Fit, Dork & Coup De Main, Southern-California born Alix Page reveals an encounter from a fever dream in Radiohead’; the second single to be taken from her debut EP, ‘Old News’, due January 2022. 

In this gentle performance, Page fosters up the courage to confront heartbreak. She finds herself dejectedly walking through an apartment she’s moved into with an ex. With a lump in her throat Alix croons, “I hate to bring it all back up again / I don’t believe you meant a word you said / I think that she was on your mind while you were on my neck / and I think you might have ruined Radiohead”. 

Although troubling, this candid experience leads Alix to accept her unresolved past through lyrical therapy. The song is proof that you can feel you’ve moved on from someone or something, but your conscience may tell you otherwise. 

“[Radiohead] is proof that you can be completely over someone and then have a dream about them and fall right back into feelings you didn’t know you still had.” explains Page. “Around this time last year I had a dream about me and an ex moving into an apartment and painting it together.  We hadn’t spoken in months and I genuinely hadn’t thought about it in a while but it felt SO scarily real.  I woke up flustered and heard the whole thing in my head before I even got out of bed; I wrote the first verse and chorus right away.  

It wasn’t difficult to write technically but it made me face some hard truths during the process. I didn’t realize I still had some unresolved feelings about it until I was writing the chorus and saying those words out loud. That was kind of my way of coming to terms with the reality of that breakup and accepting the way things went. It’s really just a list of things I wish I could’ve said to that person at that moment.”

Zoe Berman is a Denver-based singer-songwriter. She accompanies her sultry vocals on the piano and guitar, often complemented by a hand-built suitcase drum played with her feet. Zoe “combines musicality and lyrical poeticism into a hypnotizing mélange of soul, Jazz, and americana music” to create a unique sonic experience that defies traditional genre classifications.

Her songs are often auto-biographical, brimming with relatable narrative and sensorial imagery; she draws inspiration from both mother nature and human nature, composing song lyrics while traversing trails in the mountains of Colorado, and exploring elements of wordplay and storytelling to “[create] songs that are tender and utterly human” (Off-Kilter Media). 

Her latest EP is entitled Freezing Heat and is a collection of songs that carry sensorially rich narratives and self-reflective discoveries she has accumulated over the last five years. Single “Lilac Hour ” was inspired by the golden hour in nature, a time of reflection and beauty.  The whimsical “Luna Lune” was inspired by a friend’s long distance relationship that went so sour that her friend could no longer look at the moon because of past memories. “Manuka Honey” is an endearing love song reminiscent of her time living in Wellington, New Zealand. Fused with mellifluous vocals, bright piano and jazz-soaked soundscapes, “Manuka Honey” is a romantic lullaby. The EP reflects the various sonic styles and influences that make up my musical vernacular and as such, offer a little something for listeners of many different musical tastes to enjoy.

fast-rising Dylan drops a big truth bomb in her latest candid new single “You’re Not Harry Styles.” Today you can. watch the video for a song that’s equal parts empowering as it is cheeky, whilst being 100% addictive.  She’ll also be headlining her sold-out London show at The Garage on February 22nd, 2022.

 

Watch the video for “You’re Not Harry Styles” now;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpInvPtNz3s

 

In the build-up to releasing this song, Dylan announced the track’s name on social media. The hashtag #yourenotharrystyles now reaches over 3.4 million views, with 17,000 pre-saving the song before it came out today. Speaking about her new single, Dylan explains “You’re Not Harry Styles is a comeback song I wrote after being messed around by someone. It’s my way of describing that moment of realisation when it clicks that someone isn’t worth the frustration and hurt they’re causing you….  Especially when they’re not of the standard that Harry Styles has set.  Writing this song gave me the empowerment to get back my self-worth.”

 

You can catch Dylan on the following live dates;

November 26th – Thomas Headon Support @ Rescue Rooms (Nottingham)

November 27th – Thomas Headon Support @ O2 Academy (Oxford)

November 28th – Thomas Headon Support @ Waterfront (Norwich)

November 30th – Thomas Headon Support @ Engine Rooms (Southampton)

February 20th  – Headline Show @ Deaf Institute (Manchester)  SOLD OUT

February 22nd – Headline Show @ The Garage (London) SOLD OUT

February 23rd – Headline Show @ Rough Trade (Bristol) SOLD OUT

Dylan has been catching the attention of lots of new fans of late, including some high-profile ones like  Yungblud, Griff & Thomas Headon who have added her to their tours.  At press, her previous single “Someone Else” was labeled by the Evening Standard “one cathartic blow-up,”  The single before “Nineteen” had tastemaker publication  The Line Of Best Fit call her a “pop prodigy,” whereas Clash Magazine called her “trailblazing” as they made her song Track of The Day.

Keep up to date with Dylan below;

@Dyl.an

 

“Known for crafting intuitively catchy music clad with funky basslines, electric guitars and glistening synth arrangements, Alice Phoebe Lou has made a name for herself as an exemplary independent artist. With no label, the 27-year-old dons all sorts of caps, overseeing her writing, her production, her merch, her accounting, etc, etc. In that regard, her success is all the more a testament not only to her talents and ambition as an artist, but to the changing tides in how the music industry operates.”
– AMERICAN SONGWRITER
“Alice Phoebe Lou’s voice has consistently been a standout element on all of her records…Her ethereal vocals ground each song while also making the melodies around them soar. She can sound like Judy Garland, Kate Bush, or Angel Olsen, but mostly, Lou’s voice is distinctly her own.”
– CONSEQUENCE 
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Alice Phoebe Lou has announced today’s premiere of a brand new album. Child’s Play is available now at all DSPs and streaming services.
Produced by Loving’s David Parry at his Dobro Genius studio in Victoria, BC, Child’s Play includes the stunning first track, “Underworld,” streaming now. With its thumping rhythm and electrical storm energy, “Underworld” stands among the South Africa-born, Berlin-based songstress’s most effective tracks thus far, an intense outpouring of feelings describing the alternate world one exists in with another person when the connection transcends words.
LISTEN TO CHILD’S PLAY
LISTEN TO “UNDERWORLD”

Hailed by Consequence for “her intriguing melding of genres like folk, jazz, and electronic and dance music,” Lou will celebrate Child’s Play with a truly epic international live schedule, with North American dates currently underway through this week; additional North American dates begin February 16, 2022 at Chicago’s Evanston Space and continue through early March. For updates and additional information, please visit www.alicephoebelou.com

South London’s hailing emcee RA has returned with the visuals to his latest slick single named, ‘Fast Life’ with assistance from London hit-maker Harris J; set to feature on his forthcoming EP entitled, ‘Parabellum’.STREAM/DOWNLOAD: RA – FAST LIFETaking a slightly slicker approach to his usual charged-up style, ‘Fast Life’ sustains a glossy feel accommodating a slick yet infectious hook courtesy of fellow London hit-maker Harris J. Underpinned with an eerie Benzmusik and Rilbeats-produced backdrop, we are welcomed with Harris J’s auto-tuned vocals before RA later pierces through with his signature fiery flow. Spraying the beat with raw street poetics and unapologetic bars throughout, the contrast between both artists intertwines effortlessly.MUSIC VIDEO: RA – FAST LIFEPaired alongside a set of dark visuals, we follow the pair around an industrial setting alongside a set of dancers before taking to the streets of London in a flashy whip. Extending his run of wheel-up worthy bangers, the quick transitions and city scape shots correlate seemingly with the feel of the track. With more music on the way, ‘Fast Life’ is another taste of what’s yet to arrive from his forthcoming EP!Growing up on old-school revival to reggae music, and more, RA began to pave his way through the scene in the rap group Roadside G’s and in turn established himself as an artist to watch. Following a 10-year hiatus, the Brixton native returned to music in 2018 and has since been on a mission to take supporters back to his musical roots as he gears up for his first studio EP.

Maggie Rose, Nashville-based roots-rock and soul powerhouse is thrilled to share her brilliant cover of Carole King’s hit “I Feel the Earth Move” which premiered earlier this week exclusively on SiriusXM during Maggie’s takeover on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame station which was recorded on-site in Cleveland. The takeover featured all women inductees including HeartCarole KingAretha FranklinBonnie RaittStevie NicksGo-Go’sLinda Ronstadt, and Joan Jett.   

“Given my love for Carole King’s Tapestry and the fact that the album helped me deal with so much of the difficulty of last year—the same year that the album turned fifty—it felt therapeutic and appropriate to pay tribute to the Rock Hall inductee by reimagining this song with my band,” says Maggie. “We cut our version in the middle of February and didn’t shy away from the darkness we were all feeling, but that made the process cathartic. It is simply an amazing song that brought us all back together during an extraordinary time and I’m excited to finally share it with you now.” 

In line with the all-female theme, Maggie hosts a podcast called Salute The Songbird where she holds candid conversations with her female musical heroes about their lives in and out of music, and a lot more.

Guests have included Nancy Wilson (Heart), Brandi Carlile, Yola, Mickey Guyton, Martina McBride, Jade Bird, Valerie June, Amethyst Kiah, Leslie Fram (CMT), Jillette Johnson, Kelly McCartney (Apple Music), and many many more. Season three is due out early 2022. 

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